Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Harpeth Square / Harpeth Square and Historic Neighbors
Since 1805, there have been eight bridges along First Avenue North. Because of the destruction of the Harpeth River Bridge in 1862, approximately 800 Union Army wagons were forced to wait all day on November 30, 1864, while engineers prepared a temporary bridge about six inches above the water. Late in the afternoon, Confederate troops assaulted the waiting and entrenched Federal troops in the Battle of Franklin. Following the Civil War, the block was used primarily for commercial and industrial purposes. Notable enterprises included Holt's Service Station, J.W. Little's Dairy, Wilson Cheese Company, Middle Tennessee Electric Co-operative, Franklin Motel, Craig Lumber Company, and Henry Drilling Company.
Harpeth Square and Historic Neighbors
Harpeth Square, located on the northernmost of Franklin's 16 historic blocks, is adjacent to the original town spring (1801) at First Avenue and East Main Street. Just north of Harpeth Square on Bridge Street once stood White's Inn, built by Benjamin White in 1803, and considered one of Franklin's first hostelries.
Erected 2019 by Williamson County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Bridges & Viaducts • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil.
Location. 35° 55.57′ N, 86° 52.063′ W. Marker is in Franklin, Tennessee, in Williamson County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue North north of East Main Street (Tennessee Route 6), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 130 2nd Ave N, Franklin TN 37064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Philip Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); John H. Eaton (within shouting distance of this marker); Original St. Philip Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Headquarters Old Factory Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fifth Third Bank (about 300 feet away); Historic Franklin Masonic Hall (about 400 feet away); Masonic Temple (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Franklin.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2020. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.