YOUR Williamson April 2024

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Labor of Love: Reviving the Heart of Harlinsdale Farm


Race Day Chic: Looks that Honor Decades of Derby Fashion

DAYS GONE BY American Legion Post 215

APRIL 2024
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FEATURES 31 FASHIONABLE YOU Race Day Chic: Looks that Honor Decades of Derby Fashion 44 SOUTHERN IS YOUR LIFESTYLE From Farm Life to Followers 50 WELCOME HOME Local Realtors Showcase their Fabulous Listings 64 YOUR COMMUNITY PARTNER Reviving the Heart of Harlinsdale Farm 72 COME FLY WITH ME Little Palm Island Resort & Spa 77 DAYS GONE BY American Legion Post 215 YOUR WILLIAMSON | APRIL 2024 VOLUME XII – ISSUE 129 31 ON THE COVER: Timeless beauty reborn at the Hayes House. Photography by Shannon LeBlanc 6 | APRIL 2024
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SOCIAL 19 Distinctively Southern Wedding Experience & Bridal Show 28 Downtown Franklin Association Awards 38 WAVES Breakfast 76 Outlook Williamson 88 Denim & Diamonds 92 Stories Behind the Songs MONTHLY 12 Letter from the Publisher 16 Social Secretary 96 Arts & Culture Events 98 Did YOU Know? LIFESTYLE 22 From Our Table to YOURS Blue Spring Tablescape with Mrs. Southern Social 26 YOUR Health & Wellness Health Benefits of Gardening with Williamson Health 36 Beautiful YOU Steeplechase Jewelry with Walton’s Jewelry 40 A Spirited Conversation Peach Mint Juleps with Katie Jacobs 42 In YOUR Backyard Salesworthy Backyard with TurffMutt 58 Interior Thinking Plant Savvy Co. 82 Up the Road Bolt Farm Treehouse 90 YOUR Kids Gardening with Kids 93 Arts & Culture It Plays Again COMMUNITY 62 In YOUR Neighborhood Pleasant Hill Mansion 68 We Are Williamson Heather & Hanley Crawford 80 Keeping Score Nashville Kats Score Williamson County Entrepreneur Chuck McDowell 86 YOUR Charitable Self Harpeth Conservancy
50 Sunrise to Sunset with Greg McCollum 52 Charm and Opulence with Amy Bethurum 54 Pinewood Paradise with Brandon Knox 57 Preserve at Echo Estates with Bruce Jones CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE 8 | APRIL 2024

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Chuck McDowell, a true Middle Tennessee native, was born and raised in Mt. Juliet, met his wife while attending college in Murfreesboro, and currently resides in Franklin. As an MTSU alumni and successful business man, Chuck wanted to make a mortgage company that is Middle Tennessee’s Hometown Lender. He started Wesley Mortgage to be in the business of supporting our community and the people that live in it. Whether we’re highlighting local heroes at Titans games, or helping local churches and non profits, Wesley Mortgage reinvests in the people and places that make Middle Tennessee great.

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“If we had not winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. If we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.“
- anne bradstreet

Dear Readers,

And so, it does begin: SPRING! Every year, like clockwork, this glorious season begins. While it does drag its flowered feet a bit, from March to May (with Blackberry Winter and the like), inevitably spring will blossom forth into the world and… wow! What a change a season can make.

I always liken the coming of spring with the ultimate spring holiday – of course, that being Easter. There is no more perfect analogy than the death, resurrection and ascension to heaven of our Lord, to the coming of a spring and how it too, brings us out of a dead, cold, dark world to one of bright flowers, green grass, bluer skies and in our neck of the woods – lots of events!

April does have a full calendar and whether you are simply a parent preparing for a graduation filled May, end of school, vacation planning or camp scheduling; or like me, preparing for and attending an unheard-of number of all kinds of events and activities – this month brings plenty of things to do!

Here at YOUR Williamson, we have been busy bees indeed. Nesting as they say in our expanded office space we moved into recently (same location just more of it)! And why do we need more space?

Well, that would be because we have recently hired several new employees, began the process of expanding our brand and growing our offerings and in general set about with our “spring” to so much more exciting news to come! Welcome to April Kiser, LaQuita Scaife and Dominique Paul who have joined our small but mighty team! We are so very excited about what each of these talented ladies brings to the table and all we will accomplish together.

Like the winter to the spring, our company and office emerge from hard times, difficult decisions and laborious work to get to what is hoped for – and here we are! Celebrating thirteen years in business next month and looking forward to sharing with you all the new things you can expect and take advantage of with YOUR Community Media!

First and foremost – to the ladies: Mark your calendar for May 21st and the inaugural Ladies of Distinction – Iconic Women of Williamson Luncheon and Fashion Show. This will be a very special event celebrating the women in our community: Past, Present and Future. Watch for more information in coming weeks!

Enjoy the April showers as with the rain comes the growth of all good things! Who knows what you may be able to pluck in your own world, just any time now!

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Katie is an author, stylist, photographer, graphic designer and foodie! She’s been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living and Southern Living. She is also a content contributor for Draper James – Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand – and Crate&Barrel, amongst other things.



Katie Shands, local author of novel Finding Franklin, has found her home here in our community. See her interesting and history filled blog posts all about Franklin and Williamson County on social media daily. Follow her on social media @katieshandsauthor.



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The Factory at Franklin

Studio Tenn Theatre Company presents their highly anticipated annual fundraising gala, One Night Only 2024: Rodgers & Hammerstein. This year's gala celebrates the iconic collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, considered the fathers of musical theatre. The venue will be transformed into a captivating space reminiscent of the duo's iconic Broadway and Hollywood productions. Immerse yourself in the lyrics and melodies of Rodgers & Hammerstein and experience an unforgettable night of musical storytelling with Studio Tenn!

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The Factory at Franklin

“A Night Full of Stars” will be held to celebrate BrightStone’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Grammy winning trio Lady A will headline the event, which will also include a reception, dinner, silent auction and special performance by the adult students who attend BrightStone’s day program. Proceeds will allow BrightStone to expand its programs and resources for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The Sieveking’s Farm

Harpeth Conservancy’s Songwriters for Streams annual fundraiser welcomes music and river lovers to gather for the familyfriendly fundraiser at the home of Libby and Nick Sieveking on Moran Road in Franklin.


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Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic food and beverages as desired. There will be a kids’ area with a scavenger hunt, face painting, educational macroinvertebrates (creek critters) and other activities. The event benefits Harpeth Conservancy, which works to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote, and support broad community stewardship and action.

APR 23



Factory at Franklin

The Oak Cottage for Women will host its third annual Songwriters’ Night to raise funds for women coming out of prison to provide a loving environment and support as they reenter society. The event will feature Ashley Cleveland, Brandon Heath, Brian White and Karyn Williams…with the stories behind the songs. The mission of Oak Cottage is to provide a safe residential home to formerly incarcerated women to re-enter society and become productive citizens. They seek to create a balanced spiritual, physical, vocational and emotional foundation for daily living through Christ-centered, compassionate care.

APR 25


Barn at Sycamore Farms

Williamson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is hosting Voices for Children to benefit the organization and their mission. Guests will enjoy drinks, food, entertainment, a live and silent auction. You will hear heartening stories from CASA families and volunteers and experience a

fun-filled night inspired by all CASA is doing for abused and neglected children in Williamson County.

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The Main Street Festival attracts 120,000+ visitors annually to enjoy eclectic arts and crafts vendors, superb entertainment, great food and drink, and fun for the entire family right in the heart of historic downtown Franklin. YOUR Williamson will also host our annual Dunking Booth, where you can come make a splash for a great cause as we raise money for Ellie G’s Dream World Inclusive Playground. Come see us, next to City Hall and right off the square, and try to dunk some of your favorite community leaders, officials and more!


Relive the moments, discover hidden gems, and bring the memories home. Scan here for event photos, both featured and exclusive.

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WHO: YOUR Williamson | WHAT: Distinctively Southern Wedding Experience & Bridal Show WHERE: The Harpeth Hotel WHY: YOUR Williamson hosted the 2024 Distinctively Southern Wedding Experience at the Harpeth Hotel. Diamond Cellar was the presenting sponsor and models from Tribe Talent Management showed off gorgeous wedding gowns, designed by Olia Zavozina. Nashville event planner and comedian Hugh Howser shared his “Hughs and Don’ts” of wedding planning with the guests, and DJ Johnny Mac served as the emcee for the event. Vendors from all over middle Tennessee gathered to guide the attendees in planning for their special day!

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LIFESTYLE | From Our Table to YOURS 22 | APRIL 2024

Spring Blue


aura Ashley is celebrating seventy years of business, and if you’re a “grandmillennial” like myself, you are beyond thrilled to celebrate this beloved brand’s big birthday as well. My sister and I both grew up wearing matching Laura Ashley floral-print dresses, and both our rooms donned floral bedspreads from the brand. Their romantic textile prints are part of my childhood memories, and so when I was presented with the opportunity to style tables with their new tabletop collections, I jumped at the offer.

For my first table design, I selected luncheon plates from their Belvedere Collection, which feature a floral pattern in muted blue and gray colors. Of all the dinnerware options that Laura Ashley offers online, these were hands-down my favorite pieces. They remind me of chinoiserie wallpaper, which feels so elegant and timeless, and I paired them with dinner plates from their Artisan Collection. Half of the dinner plates come with a subtle floral print so that you can mix and match them with the solid options. I specifically like how each plate looks handmade, so they can be dressed up or down depending on the rest of your table decor. As for glassware, I cannot get over the mouth-blown vintage-inspired wine glasses and champagne flutes. Laura Ashley offers a variety of beverage glass options in this same style. They feel so special, as each piece is mouth-blown, but the beauty is that they are also dishwasher-safe, making them easy to style and easy to clean.



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Their romantic textile prints are part of my childhood memories, and so when I was presented with the opportunity to style tables with their new tabletop collections, I jumped at the offer.

As you can see here, the table is anchored with the most beautifully embroidered tablecloth. I absolutely love this textile, as it feels fresh and modern. In fact, I liked it so much that I had four pillows made from the linen to use on my dining banquette. I know my family will enjoy the linens and pillows for years to come, and I know they will stand the test of time, just like so many of the other Laura Ashley textiles. Same goes for the placemats that I had made from this fun blue-on-blue block-print pattern called “Gower” in Eucalyptus. This textile is not embroidered, so it feels a bit more casual, which is why I loved using it for placemats and napkins. The different patterns layer so well together, but I’m also excited that they can be mixed and matched with other textiles and entertaining pieces I already own. I really wanted to pay homage to the brand by using as much from its past and present collection as possible on the table, which is why we had special table linens made from their fabrics. It’s a seventieth anniversary celebration, after all!

As for the rest of the decor, I called upon my friends at FLWR Shop to provide the stunning “blush and bashful” arrangements you see here. I wanted a pop of color for the table but not something that was too bold, as the dinnerware and table linens are soft and romantic. We continued the use of soft pink colors with these floral cupcakes from Blooming Kupcakes, which are little works of art themselves. I love it when food doubles as decor on the table, and each floral cupcake is a bit different, so each guest feels extra special.

When dining outdoors, I try to bring in a few natural elements, which is why my table lamps from the Varnish Collection made an appearance, along with my vintage hanging basket that I filled with fresh hydrangeas. The mix of organic, natural pieces with more formal entertaining items like the glassware and silver flatware, creates an upscale but approachable space.

I just love how timeless the new Laura Ashley tabletop collection feels. Vintage designs inspire the pieces, but they still feel fresh and easy to style on tables today. You can find so many beautiful home and kitchen goods from Laura Ashley online by visiting their website at

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Embrace Spring S

pring is the perfect time to get outdoors, and gardening can be a great way to enjoy nature while reaping its many health benefits.

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month, Sara O’Neill, an occupational therapist at Williamson Health’s flagship acute care hospital, Williamson Medical Center, recently shared insights on gardening’s health perks as well as tips for resuming gardening post-illness, injury or reduced mobility.

Physical Benefits

As an occupational therapist, O’Neill works with patients on the skills they’ll need for daily life, from getting dressed and showering to participating in hobbies. The goal, she said, is to help patients achieve their desired levels of mobility, activity and independence.

“The name ‘occupational therapy,’ can be confusing, but it just means that we are the professionals that can help patients get back to doing the daily activities that are important to them,” O’Neill said. “In the hospital, we’re often helping patients get up and get moving and evaluating their level of mobility and independence. In an outpatient setting, occupational therapists work with patients on things like arm or hand strength as well as ways to modify or adapt tasks so that people can still be independent.”

Often, that includes helping patients engage in physical activities, like gardening. Any activity that gets you up and moving can have physical benefits, O’Neill said.

“Gardening is exercise,” she said. “It can be light exercise, but it helps with physical strength and endurance.”

In addition to gardening, other springtime physical activities to consider include walking, light spring cleaning, golfing, small outdoor projects or visiting the zoo. While O’Neill stressed the importance of consulting a doctor any time you increase your activity level, she said physical activity benefits heart health and helps build physical strength and endurance.

“As we like to say, ‘Motion is lotion,’” O’Neill said. “Gardening and other physical activities that get you moving can be very healthy for the joints and beneficial to your overall health.”

Mental Benefits

Gardening, as well as simply spending time outdoors, can also have mental health benefits, O’Neill said, including stress relief and providing a sense of purpose.

“Research shows that gardening, which is physical exercise, helps reduce stress hormones and fosters an overall positive attitude,” O’Neill said. “But gardening can also give you a sense of purpose because there is something you have to care for or tend to, which can be helpful when it comes to mental health.”

Getting Back in the Garden

While gardening is a beloved hobby for many, injuries, illness and even aging can sometimes hinder our ability to participate in the activities we love most.

“Sometimes a patient might say, ‘I used to love gardening, but I don’t know if I can do it anymore because of my knees,’” O’Neill said. “So, we’ll work together to find ways to modify the activity so they can still do what they love.”

When it comes to gardening, O’Neill noted, adaptive tools and raised beds can help alleviate physical strain, allowing enthusiasts to pursue their passion without discomfort.

“Whatever you like to do, as occupational therapists, we can look at the tasks involved and adapt them so you can continue to enjoy that activity,” O’Neill said.

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The Iroquois Steeplechase has been a hallmark in Nashville since 1941. Each year at Percy Warner Park, 25,000 people attend for a day of racing, parties, and a glimpse into some of the season’s fashion trends. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a day at the races while supporting a great cause. Tailgating provides the perfect setting for a day of celebration at the races.

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Derby Chic

FASCINATOR - Jane Taylor London


APPAREL - Bach Mai

SHOES - Black Suede Studio

FASCINATOR - Jane Taylor London

SHOES - Andrea


BOATER - Hat Haven


SCARF - Alemeis

SHOES - Rosamund

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his year, in celebration of the 150th Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs Racetrack has published its first-ever Kentucky Derby Style Guide. The guide, created in partnership with fashion, beauty, and entertainment journalist Zanna Roberts Rassi, honors the rich cultural tradition of the storied event with a collection of looks that pay homage to Derby fashion from the past 150 years.

In addition to being The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports™, the Kentucky Derby is a celebrated style showcase where the racetrack grounds turn into an extraordinary fashion runway. As a respected fashion taste-maker, Zanna was tapped as Guest Style Editor for the inaugural publication of the Kentucky Derby Style Guide – overseeing the hand-selected looks to inspire the attire worn for this historic Kentucky Derby, taking place on Saturday, May 4, 2024. From classic couture dresses and sleek bowties to colorful hats and timeless accessories, the Kentucky Derby Style Guide highlights traditional, yet modern takes on quintessential Kentucky Derby fashion from longstanding fashion partners and brands like vineyard vines, Longines, Radley London, Brackish and more.

In addition to the Derby, these style tips are perfect for the upcoming running of the 83rd Iroquois Steeplechase and the Downtown Franklin Rotary’s Jockeys and Juleps party.

HAT - The Hat Doctor

DRESS - Huishan Zhang

GLOVES - Cornelia James

HANDBAG - Judith Leiber

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SUITING - Atelier Munro

SHIRT - Eton

BOWTIE - Brackish


Zanna’s Tip

Pastels have long been a favorite at the Kentucky Derby, but this year, we will specifically see a lot of powdery, icy pale blue. Spotted all over the red carpet (Lupita Nyong’o and Da’Vine Joy Randolph at the Oscars) and the runway (LV and Bottega Veneta), this is the perfect trans-seasonal hue for race day and easy to rock for both the ladies and gents!


FASCINATOR - Karen Morris Millinery

EARRINGS - Kate Spade

DRESS - V Chapman

GLOVES - Cornelia James

CROSSBODY - Radley London


Zanna’s Tips


Let’s prioritize – The star of the show is your headwear so start there and let the rest of your outfit follow.

It’s all about balance – So, if you are working a flamboyant extra-large hat, think about keeping the outfit streamlined and more minimal.

Should you have a sleek hat, you can balance it with a fun color or pattern – You want to ensure that one does not overpower the other and vice versa.


When it comes to footwear, I suggest prioritizing comfort as the day can be quite lengthy. But there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for style. I would avoid stilettos (as anyone who has tried to walk on grass in some can attest to) - the breakout star of this summer will be wedges. A chunky block heel or wedge sandals are both grass and feet friendly!

To learn more about the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby, what to wear and more, visit

GUEST STYLE EDITOR - Zanna Roberts Rassi

PHOTOGRAPHER - Andrew Kung Group for Churchill Downs Racetrack

LEAD STYLIST - Devki Bhatt

MENSWEAR STYLIST - Chris Burns – Rodes for Him

HAIR STYLISTS - Karie Higgins & Kelsey Nelson

MAKEUP STYLISTS - Cassie Young & Misty Loggie

FEDORA - Christine

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POLO - vineyard vines

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STRAW HATS - Peter Beaton

JEWELRY - Ben-Amun


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SHOES - Sarah Flint

GLOVES - Cornelia

HEADBAND - Brianna Cannon


DRESS - Reem Acra

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Steeplechase Chic


As dew drops glitter like diamonds and soft petals unfurl beneath the gentle caress of the golden sun, spring is bursting into life with elegance and vigor. This year, nature’s symphony plays out in the striking hues of sapphires and emeralds, echoing the brilliance and bright feelings of the season.

Amongst the flowering magnolias and cascading dogwood blooms, whispers of excitement float from Nashville through Williamson County, signaling the arrival of the Iroquois Steeplechase – a celebration where over eighty years of our community’s elite horse racing tradition meets modern sophistication and the spirit of showmanship in all its forms.

Equal parts sporting event and social scene, the annual run brings together over 25,000 spectators and equestrians to enjoy a day at the races complete with brunch parties, tailgating and more in support of local philanthropic endeavors. From the lush grounds of Percy Warner Park to the dapper style of attendees in their finery, springtime beauty is everywhere you look.


family has been coming to this race for many years. I remember the exhilaration of riding in the infield as a young girl. It’s a great time both on the track and in the stands!”

As hooves thunder across emerald fields, spring couture is on full display. Equestrian-inspired motifs are popular especially for pendants, while statement pieces adorned with pearls and diamonds capture the essence of refined Southern charm. Of course, you can never go wrong with florals and pastels this time of year.

In this grand spectacle, attendees dressed in their finest attire are bedecked with jewels that mirror the splendor of nature coming into her own. Dressing for the season is a true delight at Iroquois Steeplechase where springtime fashion and timeless elegance intertwine.

Celebrate this Southern tradition in style at Walton’s Jewelry where our GIA-educated experts are ready to share our newest arrivals and most popular pieces of fine antique jewelry in our downtown Franklin showroom.

To learn more about Walton’s, visit or their store on Main Street in downtown Franklin.

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Meet Dianne and Matt: More than just brokers, they are Franklin’s own. With 38 and 22 years in real estate, respectively, their roots run as deep as Franklin’s history. Sixth and seventh-generation natives, they don’t just sell houses; they preserve the legacy of a community they’ve loved for generations. Thousands of properties sold in Franklin and beyond, their expertise isn’t just in real estate – it’s in being a part of Williamson County’s heartbeat. Looking for a home? Let Dianne and Matt guide you, with the wisdom only lifelong locals can offer



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WHO: Waves | WHAT: Changing Lives by Making Waves Annual Fundraising Breakfast WHERE: Williamson County Enrichment Center WHY: On March 29th, Waves hosted a free fundraising benefit to celebrate the accomplishments from the past year and highlight upcoming news for the organization. Guests got to meet several adults who are supported at Waves and heard from families who have been impacted by the services available. Waves is celebrating its fiftieth year of carrying out its mission to empower people with disabilities to progress toward their full potential.

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SPRING HILL’S PREMIER LUXURY COMMUNITY *This John Maher Builders incentive is credited at the limo of closing and is only granted when using the featured vendors for this community. Carey Ann MyMortgageTearn with CMG Financial • 615-456-4456 and Midstate Title & Escrow • 615-790-3156 $900,000 plus loan size is required to receive the full $40,000. This incentive is dropped to $25,000 plus 1% of the loan amount of anything loss. This incentive amount can be used towards closing costs and or buying down the interest rate on a fixed, armor Interest only mortgage option. Homebuyer Privileges are Incentives and discounts with vendors that are valued up to $8,500 and will be given at time of closing. CMG Financial is a registered trade name of CMG Mortgage, Inc., NMLS #1820 in most, but not all states. CMG Mortgage, Inc is an equal opportunity lender, Tennessee Mortgage License #109401. Offer to credit is subject to credit approval. For information about our company, please visit us at To verify our complete of state licenses, please visit and $40,000 BUILDER INCENTIVE* WHEN YOU USE JOHN MAHER BUILDERS’ LENDER! USE THE INCENTIVE TOWARDS: INTEREST RATE BUYDOWN, CLOSING COSTS, AMENITY UPGRADES, MOVING EXPENSES SCAN THE QR TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR $40K BUILDER/LENDER INCENTIVE MODEL HOME OPEN EVERYDAY (EXCEPT TUESDAYS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

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Nothing celebrates horse racing season quite like the mint julep...and Katie Jacobs has the perfect sweet twist on your derby classic. Add this delicious cocktail to your tailgating bar at the Iroquois Steeplechase, taking place on May 11th at Percy Warner Park, and you will be sure to win over your guests. With its beautiful presentation and medley of flavors, you can cheers to a day of Steeplechasing, horse racing and the excitement of the final stretch!

Honey Peach Mint Juleps



1 peach sliced

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

5 sprigs of mint

2 Tbsp honey


To make the simple syrup, combine the sliced peach, sugar, water and mint in a small saucepan and cook until the sugar is melted. Simmer for 2-3 minutes on low until the peaches are softened. Add the honey and stir until combined. Remove from heat and mash the peaches well. Strain the mixture through a sieve to remove the peach pulp and mint; set aside to cool.



2 1/2 oz. bourbon

12-15 fresh mint leaves

Crushed or gravel ice

Mint and Peach Slices for garnish


To make the cocktail, place a few mint leaves and 1/4 ounce of the peach syrup in a julep cup or Old Fashioned glass and gently muddle, working the leaves up the side of the glass. Loosely pack the glass with ice, then add 2 1/2 oz. bourbon and top with a splash of peach syrup on top. Stir gently.

Garnish with a peach slice and a sprig of mint.

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THE A RT OF OutdoorStaging



More than three-quarters of Americans who have a yard say it’s one of the most important parts of their home, according to a poll commissioned by the TurfMutt Foundation and conducted online by The Harris Poll. Another report from Zillow indicates that the backyard is a must-have feature for buyers.

“But with the continued importance of outdoor space, what does your yard say to potential home buyers if you are trying to sell?” asks Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the TurfMutt Foundation. “Your yard has an impact on curb appeal, but there are other messages your yard is sending that could make or break a deal.”

The yard is so important that the TurfMutt Foundation, which advocates for the care and use of the green space around us, including our own backyards and neighborhood parks, recently introduced the term “backyarding,” which is the trend-turned-way-of-life of moving indoor activities into the outdoor space around us.

The TurfMutt Foundation says homeowners should recognize these five messages a yard sends buyers:

1. Worth Viewing

You only have one chance to make a first impression, and your yard is a huge part of your home’s curb appeal. Set a welcoming vibe with cared-for landscaping and color that invites buyers to imagine themselves living here.

2. Well-Cared For

The condition of your yard gives buyers a glimpse at what they can expect inside. A manicured lawn, clean flower beds, fresh mulch and flowering plants send the message that you care for your entire home – not just the yard.

3. Pet & Kid Safe

Many families shopping for a new home want space where their kids and/or pets can play safely. Buyers in this category will be drawn to properties that offer large grassy areas, fenced yards and shade trees for cooling off under during hot days.

4. Support Your Lifestyle

Outdoor living is a way of life now, so more than anything buyers will want to be able to envision themselves outdoors. Just like you stage interior spaces, you can also set up your outdoor space to illustrate your yard’s potential for any type of buyer. Set up some lawn games in your grass. Set a patio or picnic table for a feast to set the scene for outdoor dining. Use plants to create privacy, camouflage unsightly HVAC or pool equipment and to fashion boundaries between various activity areas.

5. Pollinators and Other Wildlife

Nature starts in your backyard, providing habitat and food for birds, butterflies, bees and more. Potential buyers will see flowering plants, trees and shrubs as a way to connect to the natural world around them on a micro-level while doing some good for the planet.

To learn more about creating the yard of your dreams, visit Look for Mulligan the TurfMutt on the CBS Lucky Dog television show.

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From Farm Life to Followers


With a collective following of over 6.7 million followers on social media, Katie Van Slyke has harnessed the world of digital platforms to educate people about farm life and horse breeding. From the heartbreaks and hardships to the hilarious, Katie’s stories keep followers coming back daily to get updates, check in on their favorite horses, see the mini cows and keep up with foaling season captured by the camera.

Katie’s parents moved to their Nolensville farm, Running Springs, almost twenty-seven years ago. They have always owned and bred horses and cattle and that love of livestock and farm life definitely passed down to Katie. She grew up showing in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) shows, as well as breeding performance horses. In recent years, Katie has become more interested in the genetics and breeding side of cows.

Running Springs currently has quarter horses, Simmental cattle, a pig, barn cats, dogs, mini donkeys, mini horses, mini cows and Nigerian dwarf goats on the farm – which all provide for some entertaining videos on social media!

Katie is also the proud owner of VS Code Red, the multiple World and Congress Champion stallion who is described as a legend in the AQHA industry.

We had the privilege to learn from Katie, herself, about her life and the influencing world she has created. Here is what she had to say:

Tell us why Williamson County is home to you?

What do you love about it?

I live in Williamson County and, after doing a lot of traveling around the country and outside of the country, I can honestly say we have the nicest people. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s beautiful! My favorite time of year is the spring when everything is so green!

Who all is involved in the daily care of running the farm and looking after the animals?

Luckily, we have full time help with all of this, but since we have over 100 animals on the farm, they are all fed, watered and checked on every day. Depending on the animal or time of year, more care may be needed. Also, with that many animals, something always needs some kind of vet care it seems! It’s a lot, but it’s all worth it.

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Katie with her mini cows, Poppy & Petunia.
Photography by: Nathan Perry
I don’t ever want to be misleading about farm life, but I also want to be real and show the good and the bad.
Maggie & Molly Photography by: Matt Turpin Katie with her new stallion VS Code Red. Photography by: Kirstie Marie Photography Photography by: Matt Turpin Regina and Karen Photography by: Matt Turpin
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Photography by: Matt Turpin

Walk us through the breeding process on your farm, from selecting the mare and stallion to foaling and beyond?

I like to be very aware of all my mares’ pedigrees and performance backgrounds, and then I choose a stallion who has strengths in all the places she has weaknesses. I also pay attention to certain “crosses” that have produced successful foals in the past and factor that in to my decision making. Once I decide who my mare is being bred to, whether it’s my own stallion or another one, I send in a breeding contract, figure out when my mare is going to ovulate, order semen and then my vet breeds her. After she is bred, we prep check her about two weeks later. Sounds a lot easier than it is!

What are some of the biggest challenges you face in horse breeding, and how do you overcome them?

Things going wrong for absolutely no reason is a huge challenge. It’s easier, in my opinion, when you can pinpoint something that you did wrong when there is a poor outcome. That way you can figure out how to prevent it in the future. Breeding isn’t all cute foals and rainbows unfortunately, and it’s a hard pill to swallow when something bad happens that is completely out of your control.

Are there any specific goals you’re currently working towards?

I would really like to get back in the show arena with a horse that I’ve bred and raised myself. Life happens and I haven’t shown much in years. I miss it and it would be a full circle moment to get back into it with one I’ve raised.

How did you decide to incorporate social media into the farm business?

It kind of happened by accident and then, once it started to take off, I learned what worked best for my channel through trial and error. It’s a very fun way to show people farm life - and it’s a cherry on top that I get to call it my job!

How do you balance authenticity with professionalism when sharing your farm experiences online?

I have to think about my words very carefully. I don’t ever want to be misleading about farm life, but I also want to be real and show the good and the bad. There is some stuff that happens on the farm that isn’t for the faint of heart, and I find it best to explain those kinds of situations with words rather than real-life photos or videos. I try to show as much as I can, but when it comes to some things, such as death on the farm, I must think about the respect of the animal as much as keeping viewers’ interest in mind.

Have you encountered any challenges or drawbacks to being a social media influencer in the horse breeding and farming industry? How do you handle negative comments or criticism on social media?

There are definitely some hateful people out there, but my thick skin grew in after a couple of years. At this point, the block button is my best friend. No need to even let hate comments or hateful people into the amazing community that has been built around the love of animals!

What role do you see social media playing in the future of the horse breeding industry, and how do you plan to adapt and evolve your approach?

I think social media is a great way to reach people who haven’t had the opportunity to learn about horses, cows and other types of farm life. Education is what we need to get out there if we want people to become interested and keep these industries alive!

You can learn more about Katie and her farm life journey by following her on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok at @katievanslyke or by visiting

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Sunrise to Sunset

Welcome home to Carter’s Creek, the peaceful enclave of Williamson County offering both community and privacy all within short driving distance from bustling city life. Located just minutes from downtown Franklin, this gorgeous Cape Cod Farmhouse sits atop a private, gated and fenced five and a half acre estate with a private walking trail. Enjoy watching sunsets from the comfort of your front porch and experience the sunrise over a spectacular, secluded backyard boasting a Rondo pool, spa, waterfalls, swim spa and travertine tile pool deck. Entertain to your heart’s content in the entertainment pavilion that includes a fireplace, outdoor kitchen and retractable screens, allowing for outdoor entertaining space in all kinds of weather.


Inside, the open floor plan includes a large family room complete with built-ins and a brick fireplace located just off the custom kitchen outfitted with Thermador appliances, dish hutch and quartz island. Find respite in the main floor primary bedroom suite, complete with soaring beamed ceilings, custom vanity, walk-in shower and double closets. Upstairs you will find two bedrooms with ensuite baths, family room and bonus room. Come home to Carter’s Creek, where every moment is an opportunity to create, share and enjoy the best moments of life!

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Charm and Opulence


$3,950,000 | 5 BEDROOMS | 5 FULL BATHS | 1 HALF BATH | 6723 SQFT

Experience the perfect fusion of enduring charm and contemporary opulence in this five bedroom, five and a half bathroom residence nestled in the heart of Thompson’s Station. Crafted with precision by Mitchell Builders Group, esteemed winners of two 2023 Home Builders Aurora awards, this home is a masterpiece. This exquisite, contemporary residence graces five acres with panoramic landscapes. Each bedroom boasts its own en-suite bathroom, with the primary suite serving as a spa-like haven. Step into outdoor bliss on the expansive covered patio featuring a built-in stone grilling station and a stone gas fireplace. Every detail has been meticulously planned, showcasing features such as Bluestar and Viking appliances, a Sonic ice maker, wine fridge, Wellborn cabinetry, quartz countertops, designer lighting, Rift quartered seven inch solid white oak flooring and LG Studio Styler Steam Clothing Care System. Property is currently in Greenbelt status for tax reduction with the purchase of the additional eleven acres across the street. Sale of 4494 Marlin Way does not require purchase of additional acreage. New listing coming soon at 2198 Hartland Road, Franklin, TN 37069.

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Pinewood Paradise

Welcome to your fifteen-acre retreat! Quaker windows aluminum clad, Quartz countertops in the kitchen stone backslash, Thermador appliances, floating shelves, white oak. Built in paneled fridge & freezer, farmhouse sink with pot filler, Inset cabinets, ten inch baseboards, fifteen foot ceilings in great room, iron lion front doors, iron & glass decorative trim at great room entry, screen porch with wood burning fireplace, working pantry with fridge & sink, large laundry with

farm sink, vaulted master bedroom with wood beam accent, frameless glass master shower, free standing tub, wide plank seven inch wide hardwood floors, iron staircase spindle, solid core doors throughout, finished storage upstairs, two bonus rooms upstairs, three car garage with extra storage space and insulated doors, tankless water heater, robust landscape package, septic, buried propane tank. The property has another septic system for a guest house or another family home.

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This property boasts fifteen foot ceilings, four bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath, three car attached garage, 4,925 square feet, fifteen acres and is listed at $2,750,000.



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Many Landscape companies specialize in either maintenance or installations so who you hire needs to be based on what you want to accomplish.

Ask the landscaper to establish a year long maintenance calendar with estimated visits and pricing. This will allow you to budget and compare pricing.


Always ask potential landscaper what services he intends to sub contract, if any.

We run into a lot of homeowners that have a gardener, a mower, an irrigation guy, and company that treats their lawn. One point of contact that can manage all of these services is preferred.


Landscapers are on your property more then any other service type so hire someone that you can trust.

Ask your neighbors- you may be able to negotiate a better price if 3 or 4 neigbors are using the same vendor.

Will Andrews is a 7th generation Franklinite and 2010 graduate of Franklin High School. He is passionate about the outdoors and started Proscapes in 2016 with one employee and one mower. Proscapes has grown to be one of the largest and most trusted landscape maintenance firms in Franklin. Proscapes provides landscape maintenance to some of the most distinguished HOA’s, commercial buildings and medical facilities in the mid-state. If you are a property manager we would love the opportunity to show you how we are different. Will currently resides in Cottonwood with his wife Allyson and three children Lila, Davis, and Townes.

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6 Bedrooms 6 Full Baths 3 Half Baths 7324 SQFT $3,650,000 xperience elegance and comfortable living with a location that allows quick access to shopping, restaurants, schools, and downtown Franklin. Heated Gunite Pool with Turkish limestone hardscape decking, water / fire features. Private backyard featuring mature landscaping. Great for entertaining on multiple levels with two covered patios, large rec room upstairs + additional rec room on the lower level + gym space. Open Kitchen / Family Room with a large covered patio and outdoor fireplace. Each of the six bedrooms feature private bathrooms + walk-in closets. High grade designer lighting and tile selections throughout. The garage is on the main level for easy access to the kitchen plus the driveway has been extended to allow for additional vehicles. REAL. LOCAL. | 57



avannah Toal’s passion for plants began in her childhood. She grew up on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina, spending most of her childhood outside playing in the woods or near the water. Inside or out, Savannah always felt connected to the natural world. Growing up, her mom had a plethora of indoor plants and gorgeous Hydrangea bushes, and her grandparents always had veggie gardens. In 2015, Savannah moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and got her first indoor plant - a heart leaf philodendron that she still has cuttings from. When COVID hit in 2020, Savannah immersed herself in the plant community during quarantine. She started a blog and quickly discovered what she wanted to do with her life. “I knew deep down I truly needed to be working with my hands in the dirt,” Savannah says.

Savannah’s business, Plant Savvy Co., is a fullservice custom interior scaping company. They design, install and maintain interior plantscapes for commercial and residential spaces. As Savannah says, “We bring your plant dreams to life!” She

credits social media for Plant Savvy Co.’s success. What started as a plant blog in 2020 has blossomed into a community of over 80,000 followers on TikTok and 33,000 followers on Instagram. She says, “It was a way for me to express my passion during a time where I felt alone, as I’m sure many other people felt as well.” Now, she uses social media to educate, share her passion and connect with other “plant people.”

During a residential consult, Savannah and her team collaborate with the client to ensure their plants will thrive in their environment. If the client already has a green thumb, the team will assess the health of the plants and suggest changes. The client will then be sent a customized Plant Plan, which will guide them in caring for their plants. During a commercial consult, the team will examine lighting, architectural highlights, and the overall aesthetic of the space. This is a crucial step in the consultation process. Savannah and her team want to ensure that their installations are not only aesthetically pleasing but that the conditions in the space will allow for the plants to thrive.

Savannah’s favorite part of the job is watching her designs come to life and seeing the joy it brings to the clients. And

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most recommended plant?

Ficus Audrey most underrated plant?

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata) favorite plant?

Currently, Fishbone Cactus least favorite plant?

Crotons, not a fan of the color most expensive plant?

Pink Princess, it’s rare easy plant to keep alive?

Snake Plant hard plant to keep alive?

African Tree Fern

Top Left: Savannah Toal, Sarah Walsh & Kelly Fletcher Photography By Daniel Chaney

Top Right: Skylight Bar

Bottom Left: Greenhouse

in Green Hills

Bottom Right: Dwarf Umbrella Tree

so when we were asked to help with the project, we were ecstatic!” A quick turnaround meant magic needed to happen fast - and it did. Savannah and her team installed over 400 plants in the rafters and around the bar in just three days to create an earthy, elegant and elevated atmosphere. She has admiration for Holladay Properties, who was tasked with renovating the Factory, stating, “They really wanted to breathe life back into the factory, and you can see that throughout the new renovations.”

Savannah says, “It’s beautiful and exciting to see a shift in how plants are used in commercial spaces. Designers are starting to incorporate more biophilic design choices. Treating plants as an integral part of the interior design rather than an afterthought can really elevate a project. These spaces are seen as aesthetic and can greatly impact people’s moods and well-being. Imagine lowering your customers’ stress levels and increasing their creativity and mood.”

For more information and to book your consultation, go to

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8119 Isabella Ln, Ste 105 Brentwood, TN 37027 615.370.8669 Thinking of Buying or Selling? 1676 GERALDS DR $1,929,900 | MLS# 2536396 5 Bedrooms • 4/1 Baths • 4,763 SF RAINTREE | BRENTWOOD 1016 SINATRA DR $1,499,900 | MLS# 2607221 5 Bedrooms • 5/1 Baths • 4,949 SF SINATRA | NOLENSVILLE 1584 EASTWOOD DR $1,949,500 | MLS# 2627965 5 Bedrooms • 5/2 Baths • 4,738 SF RAINTREE | BRENTWOOD 6043 PORTER’S UNION $1,869,900 | MLS# 2617305 5 Bedrooms • 5/2 Baths • 4,988 SF HARDEMAN SPRINGS | ARRINGTON 2101 SUMMER HILL CIR $1,849,900 | MLS# 2624307 4 Beds • 4/1 Baths • 5,341 SF GREAT LOCATION New Listing FRANKLIN 0 LADD RD $2,295,000 | MLS# 2618187 15 Acres, 2 Ponds, Creek, and 8,400 SF Barn House & 21 Acres $3,295,000 FRANKLIN 2622 CLAYTON ARNOLD RD $2,749,900 | MLS# 2608084 6 Bedrooms • 6/1 Baths • 5,917 SF NEW ~ READY NOW Sale of Home Contingency Contract POOL | THOMPSON’S STATION SUSAN GREGORY 615.207.5600 Call Susan Today! 6656 EUDAILEY COVINGTON $3,999,900 | MLS# 2549664 5 Bedrooms • 5/2 Baths • 6,344 SF BELCASTLE | COLLEGE GROVE CURRENT CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS 5 ACRES 3 ACRES Scan to Visit to See More Listings and Learn About Up & Coming Subdivisions or Visit: PENDING SOLD

from Soldiers

to Splendor


During the brutal winter of 1777-78, when General George Washington and his Continental Army camped at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the soldiers probably dreamed of moving south. With freezing temperatures and low supplies, Washington called the camp “a dreary kind of place and uncomfortably provided,” – a far cry from the modern-day Brentwood. Fifteen years after this famous wintertime camp, a young patriot named Joseph Ferebee, having survived the cold and the Red Coats and the scabies, saw his wish come true. In 1793, he was awarded several hundred remote acres in the southern U.S., thanks to a North Carolina Military Land Grant.

Today, Brentwood’s The Governors Club – a private golf club community with an Arnold Palmer designed championship course – sits on this site. Ferebee sold the land to William Winstead, and over the last 231 years, Winstead’s descendants erected cabins, log homes, and large southern mansions on the property. In the mid-nineteenth century, William Winstead’s son, John, inherited his father’s land, and a few years before the Civil War, he had his enslaved men produce bricks and limestone blocks for a new house. These enslaved workers toiled for three years, and in 1858, Pleasant Hill, Winstead’s two-story Greek Revival home, opened its doors.

John Winstead died in 1896, and ownership of Pleasant Hill passed to William Owen Edmondson and his wife, Hettie Fly. The Edmondson’s grandchildren eventually sold the property, and in 1996, the Brentwood City Commission approved The Governors Club, creating Brentwood’s first private, gated community with 438 luxury home sites and a premiere eighteen-hole golf course.

Located on over 600 rolling acres, the Pleasant Hill mansion is now the centerpiece of that community. The 166-year-old Antebellum home was painstakingly restored, and the timeless elegance of its rooms serve as a meeting place for residents and venue for weddings and other social events. The journey of Pleasant Hill Mansion reflects a transformative American saga, evolving from a Patriot’s reward to a beacon of modern luxury, and stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of change and preservation.

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tanding on the front porch of the historic Hayes House, looking out over the rolling hills of Harlinsdale Farm, one can almost imagine what it felt like to stand in that very spot some ninety years ago. It’s a rainy Friday afternoon and, while the year is 2024, it feels as though I’ve been teleported back in time to the 1930’s. My surroundings beckon memories that aren’t my own, and I can almost hear The Andrews Sisters playing on the Victrola from inside the home’s front parlor. Such is the power (and purpose) of historic home restoration.

After a ten-month renovation, the oncedilapidated Hayes House has been restored to her original glory thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Franklin Parks and their many donors. It’s the culmination of years of hard work, and the porch’s green floor boards have barely dried as Torrey Barnhill, Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director, explains the labor of love that went into saving this historic property located on the grounds of The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

“Harlinsdale is a special place for many reasons,” says Torrey. “It’s been called the central park of Franklin as it sits perfectly in

the middle of Franklin’s rolling hills. The rich history of Harlinsdale reaches back to the 1930s, when the Hayes family moved to the farm. Soon this rural oasis became the cornerstone of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.”

It all began in 1909, when W.W. Harlin Sr. bought the 200-acre tract of land that would become Harlinsdale Farm and invited his nephew Harlin Hayes to join him in the fledgling gaited horse industry. In the mid-1930’s, Harlin Hayes and his family lived in the circa 1890 Queen Anne Victorian farmhouse on the property now known as the 'Hayes House.' Under the management of Harlin Hayes, Harlinsdale Farm produced two-time World Champion, and arguably the greatest Tennessee Walking Horse of all time, Midnight Sun, who is buried on the property. Harlinsdale Farm served mainly as a horse breeding operation from the 1940’s until the early 2000’s when the family sold the farm to the City of Franklin for use as a park. Since that time, the Hayes House sat empty and largely untouched.

“The success of Harlinsdale wouldn’t have been possible without the family residing in the Hayes house,” says Torrey. “When learning about a legacy as big as Harlinsdale, it can be easy to forget that it all started with a horse and hardworking everyday folks.”

But saving Hayes House would cost an

estimated $750,000.

In 2021, Friends of Franklin Parks launched a fundraising effort via their annual ‘Raise the Roofs’ fundraiser and public donations. “People want to be a part of these important projects, and it costs about $200 per square


foot to renovate a historic home in Franklin, so we started selling off square footage to our friends,” says Torrey. For as little as $200, locals could invest in a piece of the Hayes House. "While the deed doesn’t come with any special privileges, there’s pride in knowing we played a role in bringing it back to life.”

After meeting their fundraising goal, it took a year and a half to get all of the state and local permits, and restoration on the historic home finally commenced in May 2023. “We had to abate and remediate the mold, asbestos and lead, and then the real work began,” shared Torrey. “It was at that time we activated the Hayes House Design Committee [consisting of] Jay Sheridan, Susan Smallwood, Clay Harlin, and myself. And Mary Pearce and Joanne Haynes would help with some of the historical and design features as they are so incredibly experienced and talented!”

Design Committee Chair Susan Smallwood shared that her approach to the historic redesign required some adjusting. “My vision as a designer and the vision for the house were honestly two very different things. I quickly learned that the goal wasn’t to make the most beautiful home to walk into by today’s standards, but to return it to it’s original beauty as a working farmhouse with great bones.”

Upon entering the Hayes House, these “great bones” are immediately apparent. Soaring ceilings, curved walls and original wood flooring greet you in the entry hall, leading you through a maze of ornate molding with original fireplaces in nearly every room and antique lighting fixtures throughout -many of which are original to the home. “We used the original light fixtures and had them rewired to keep the original finishes in the house,” says

Susan. The dining room features a gorgeous, era-appropriate crystal chandelier discovered by Mike Wolfe of American Pickers fame.

But it’s the wallpaper that’s the real showstopper.

Early in the process, a wallpaper assessment revealed three layers of wallpaper hidden in the walls, each indicative of a different decade in the home’s history. The team had passionate opinions about which era should prevail. “We had very different opinions at times, but consensus was always reached by thoughtful discussion and deference to the best wisdom of historical perspectives.” It was thus decided that the Hayes House would “tell the story of a working farmhouse of a successful equestrian operation by the Harlin Family in the 1930’s.” It was undoubtedly the home’s heyday.

“The design committee’s role was to help interpret and bring back to life the home in the 1930’s,” says Susan. So, she and fellow designer Joanne Haynes got to work sourcing original and historically accurate wallpaper reproductions for use in the home. Now, to roam through Hayes House feels like a time-travel adventure through wallpaper: A grand-scale textural blue damask adorns the parlor walls, a playful equestrian toile lights up the dining room and whimsical butterflies thrill in one of the bedrooms. But the real surprise was what lay beneath the kitchen floor.

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soaring ceilings, curved walls and original wood flooring greet you in the entry hall, leading you through a maze of ornate molding with original fireplaces in nearly every room

“The most exciting discovery was uncovering the linoleum floor that was laid during the kitchen renovation in the late 1950’s. It was quirky, colorful and very 50’s! We searched far and wide to find someone who would replicate it. I absolutely love it!” shares Susan.

The retro 1950’s kitchen was the hub of the Hayes Family's home - and the height of modernity at the time. Such a thoughtful and accurate renovation would not have been possible without input from the Hayes family.

“Fortunately, we had living family members who shared memories and lots of photos for us to refer to,“ says Susan. “We also have original furniture from the Hayes family that will be displayed in the home and will help tell the story of a family on the farm.”

With its restoration now complete, the Hayes House and event lawn will offer rental space for small weddings, arts festivals, nonprofit fundraisers, corporate events and more.

Top Left: Members of the restoration team - Mary Pearce, Clay Harlin, Susan Smallwood, Torrey Barnhill, Jay Sheridan & JoAnne Haynes

Middle Left & Middle Right: Wallpaper that has been recreated to bring the past back to life.

Right: The main hall.

Bottom: Photo album and record book of Harlinsdale and Hayes House history.

The home will also provide the platform and space for educational opportunities about Harlinsdale Farm and will include an art gallery showcasing the work of local artists.

“I hope the community understands that telling the story of the Hayes House was a labor of love and we hope many generations will come to enjoy, learn and relish the wealth of history in our midst,” says Susan.

We hope so too.

To learn more about Friends of Franklin Parks and their many projects, visit

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Heather & Hanley Crawford


he “I Am Williamson County” column features individuals in Williamson County who are known and unknown as staples of our community, doing good, being seen and unseen, and exuding Williamson County. This month, we feature Heather and Hanley Crawford, owners of Clearwater Pools. The married couple has over forty years of experience in the pool industry. Hanley started working on pools in high school and enjoys seeing a plain backyard transform into a fabulous retreat. Heather started out as a preschool director and teacher and, while she still loves working with little kids, the family business needs her to handle the fun stuff - like bookkeeping, taxes and insurance! Their dedication and commitment to helping homeowners create their own backyard oases has made them a trusted expert in pool design, construction, operation and servicing in Williamson and Davidson Counties.

Learn more about this family-owned business and how they have not only dived into the waters of pool building, but also how they work hard to be impactful community members.

How long have you lived in Williamson County? What is it about WC that makes it feel like home to you?

Almost fifteen years. We moved to be closer to family and Heather went to Franklin High School, so reconnecting with friends has been great. We loved our kids’ schools and all the fun events like Pumpkinfest, Nolensville Farmer’s Market, fundraisers for Young Life and the Williamson County Animal Center.

Three words that best describe you both?

Heather: Loyal, Trustworthy, Fabulous

Hanley: Outgoing, Detail-Oriented, Quick-Witted

What do you like to do in your spare time?

We both love to travel, go to the lake, entertain friends, cook and binge watch TV!

Where is your favorite place to go in WC, and why?

Sperry’s – we love the consistency of service and food and the collegial feeling of the other diners.

What keeps you motivated and inspired?

Heather: Happy customers at the end of the project.

Hanley: Family

What organizations are you involved with and why?

We are involved with Young Life. Both of our kids had incredible experiences and we want to keep that going for future generations. We are also involved with the Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC). We have three dogs and we absolutely love animals and believe that caring for them is essential. We donate to Home Street Home ministries that help the homeless. We are active in our neighborhood events and participate in many charity golf tournaments.

What is the one thing you do not go a day without?

Heather: Talking to my kids.

Hanley: Coffee

We are Williamson County because…

We live, work and play in Williamson County. Both of our kids graduated from Brentwood High School and we have longstanding ties with the area, starting from 1990 when Heather moved here with her family. It is home and we love being part of what makes it so beautiful.

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Amidst Nature

Discover the epitome of country elegance at this Colonial Estate, set on 24 lush acres in the heart of Williamson County, mere minutes from charming Leipers Fork Village. This magnificent home spans 4622 square feet of living space, including inviting southern porches that offer serene views of meticulously maintained land, four-board fencing, and functional barns.

The main level welcomes a luxurious master suite, a spacious eat-in kitchen perfect for culinary adventures, formal dining, and cozy sitting areas, all framed by breathtaking countryside views. The estate's heart and soul lie in its connection to the outdoors, with Leipers Creek and a spring-fed creek adding to its tranquil ambiance.

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Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a substantial finished storage area offer ample space for family and guests, ensuring privacy and comfort. The property’s recent price adjustment makes this an even more compelling opportunity to own a pastoral paradise.

This Colonial Estate represents more than just a home; it's a retreat that blends sophistication with the simplicity of country living. Every detail, from the expansive grounds to the panoramic vistas, crafts a lifestyle of unparalleled beauty and tranquility here. Welcome to your country estate, where luxury meets legacy.

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ituated discreetly off the fabled Florida Keys coastline, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the United States, and is accessible only via seaplane or boat. This fouracre, adults-only property is never inhabited by more than sixty guests at any given time, delivering the utmost privacy and anonymity. Surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the azure ocean, Little Palm Island provides thirty luxurious thatched roof bungalow suites that combine a sense of the Caribbean with a modern British West Indies aesthetic. With no in-room telephones, televisions or alarm clocks to distract - as technology is taboo here - guests are able to truly unplug and unwind to ignite their senses, restore their wellbeing and reconnect together.

Once known as Little Munson Island, the island has a long history itself - from being a fishing camp (President Harry S. Truman fished here), a smuggler’s retreat, a private escape and a training facility for Peace Corps workers. In 1986, Ben Woodsen - a businessman out of Memphis - and a team of partners invested more than eight million dollars into the island, which became a private retreat for notables and celebrities. From 1995 through the present day, Noble House Hotels & Resorts has managed Little Palm Island and created an exclusive experience for every guest, pairing luxurious amenities with the utmost seclusion. The resort motto is ‘Get Lost;’ encouraging guests to unplug and disconnect from the outside world and fully immerse themselves into this stunning piece of paradise.

In 2017, the resort was unfortunately impacted by Hurricane Irma and was temporarily closed until its multi-million-dollar renovation. In 2020, the resort reopened and announced its re-imagination. Steve Rossi, of Rossi Architecture out of San Diego, is behind the design elements, while AvroKO, a New York-based concept and design firm, spearheaded the interior design. The materials chosen are reflective of three main elements that inspired Little Palm Island’s new design: British West Indies Architecture - controlling the tonality to emphasize the natural surrounding landscape and blurring the boundaries from indoor to outdoor; The Era of the thirty-third President, Harry S. Truman and the socialite scene on the island during the 1940’s with nods to 1940’s antiquities, furnishings and fixtures; Flora-Fauna - natural plant and animal life on-island is also expressed through textures, materials, patterns and architectural applications like hidden pathways of crushed seashells.

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Situated on a four-acre private island in the Lower Florida Keys, this discreet enclave is a favored escape for luxury travel enthusiasts, CEOs and Hollywood’s elite. Its ambiance is intentionally romantic, with surreal vistas during the day and, after a breathtaking sunset, guests are covered by a blackened sky dotted with twinkling stars.

With just thirty thatched-roof bungalow suites, the island is never inhabited by more than sixty guests at a time, offering anonymity for the affluent. Intimate dinners for two, romantic walks along secluded beaches and sweet plunges into the tranquil surf are daily occurrences. Most every whim, from a sunrise massage to a mangrove kayaking adventure, is realized by guests on demand.

While located less than thirty miles from Key West’s hustle and bustle, Little Palm Island remains the essence of exclusivity and tranquility.


Indulge in island isolation where champagne is poured by midmorning, the sea sparkles in the sun and the only decision is whether to wake up for an early morning snorkel or to lounge in a hammock on the beach.

Island Escape Suites: A sense of the Caribbean with modern British West Indies flair will be found in these accommodations. Thatched

roofs and vaulted ceilings add island authenticity to this approximately 550 square foot suite.

Island Romance Suites: These approximately 550 square foot suites feature a large, terraced deck that includes a copper outdoor tub and a couples’ lounger. The luxurious bathroom includes a deep soaking tub.

Island Grand Suites: These approximately 1,000 square foot suites enjoy two luxurious bathrooms, a large private deck, a romantic hammered copper tub and a dreamy four-post bed.

Island Premier Suites: The island’s finest. A stately four-poster bed and decadent hammered copper tub offer a romantic respite, while vaulted ceilings accentuate the approximately 1,020 square foot of luxury living.


Fantastic views and savory culinary masterpieces set the scene for an unforgettable experience. The resort’s world-renowned chef sources seafood, produce and spices from the islands to create a menu worthy of paradise. Intimate indoor and outdoor seating is available along with dreamy beachside tables. For those desiring a private experience, the resort’s award-winning service redefines in-room dining.


SpaTerre is a refuge that exists solely to promote health and wellbeing for mind, body and soul. Here, exotic Balinese spa treatments and Thai body rituals are custom designed to replace the weight of the world with utter relaxation, incorporating ancient spa traditions once reserved for royalty.

The 3,800 square foot spa features a two-story, open air atrium, a hand-set tile fountain, five indulgent treatment rooms and a salon. The healing properties of flowers and spices are used liberally to enhance each unique spa experience. Services include: global rituals, massage, body excursions, ritual bath experiences, facial indulgences, salon services, yoga, meditation, personal training, acupuncture, life coaching and color/sound therapy.


If guests can tear themselves away from the on-island options, the resort offers an insiders’ list of things to do in the Keys. No matter how guests choose to spend their days, they’re certain to discover a personal paradise on Little Palm Island.

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Kayaks: Explore the crystal blue waters surrounding the island in a kayak or on a paddleboard. Double kayaks are perfect for a truly unique and romantic experience.

Backcountry Flats Fishing: The backcountry of the Florida Keys is the perfect stage for any sportfishing enthusiast or beginner. While silently polling across the beautiful, expansive waters, guests will look for the elusive “BIG 3” – tarpon, permit and bonefish. Imagine the thrill of hooking one of these legendary fighters among other species depending on the time of the year.

Looe Key Reef Scuba Diving Trip: Outings to Looe Key Reef afford guests the opportunity to float weightlessly among all the colorful creatures that make this beautiful reef their home. Because of its relatively shallow depth, the reef is a great dive site for divers new to the sport, experienced divers and those who have been out of the water for some time. Professional scuba instructors guide every dive to maximize guest experiences.


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Snorkeling: Little Palm Island is encompassed by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, which includes the world’s third largest barrier reef. Looe Key Reef, which is consistently rated as one of the best places to snorkel or scuba dive in the U.S., is located just a short boat ride from the island.

Dolphin Encounter: Meet a family of dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Research Center, a non-profit research and educational facility that allows guests to swim with dolphins, witness daily demonstrations of the dolphins’ high-flying athletics, learn about dolphin fun facts and much more.

Your private paradise is waiting for you. Go to a place where the sea dazzles and the beach beckons — a place so remote you can only reach it by seaplane or boat. Paradise exists. Little Palm Island awaits. Visit to learn more and book your trip today.

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Left: Aerial view resort. Bottom Left: SpaTerre massage room. Below: SAMMY pond on the serene property.


Outlook Williamson

WHO: Williamson Inc. | WHAT: Outlook Williamson WHERE: The Factory at Franklin WHY: In March, Williamson Inc. hosted its 2024 Outlook Williamson at The Factory at Franklin. This annual event offers deep insight into the dynamic landscape of Williamson County’s business community.

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Fighting Two Battles


The spartan, cinder-block building in Franklin’s Hard Bargain neighborhood has seen better days. Large cracks zig-zag between the concrete bricks, which cover the wooden frame of a circa-1910 house. The roof is begging to be replaced, and the gutters do little to funnel the rain away from the structure. Water, squirrels, and birds have found their way into the attic, creating even more damage. One would never guess this time-worn building holds some of Williamson County’s most important stories. Indeed, it’s the headquarters of the American Legion Post 215, the meeting place of our county’s unsung heroes, our African-American veterans.

From the Revolution to the Iraq War, African Americans have proudly fought in every conflict in our country’s history. Here in Williamson County, a host of heroes have embodied that legacy of sacrifice and bravery. Throughout the Civil War, more than 300 formerly enslaved men in the county enlisted in the Union Army. In 1881, First Sergeant George Jordan, a Buffalo soldier and formerly enslaved man who served during the Indian Wars, became Williamson County’s sole Medal of Honor recipient. During World War II, Tuskegee Airman Captain Thomas Patton was Franklin’s first African-American fighter pilot.

Many African-American families in this area have a rich history of military service. In the Carothers family, a total of five brothers

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served in uniform. One of those men, Private First Class Richard Lee Carothers, was killed in action while in Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his heroism, and a bridge on Highway 96 near Clovercroft Road was named in his honor. Another Carothers brother James served in the Marines and was wounded by a grenade in Vietnam. Today, he is an active member of Post 215.

The Lane family is another example of exemplary military service in this area. Seven brothers enlisted in the armed forces, including Donnell Lane who served in the United States Army. Today, Lane continues to serve his country by working on behalf of veterans as First Vice Commander of Post 215.

Tragically, these sacrifices and acts of valor were often tempered by prejudice on the home front. For example, after fighting in World War II, Staff Sergeant William F. Scruggs and his fellow African-American servicemen returned to segregated Franklin only to be banned from joining the local American Legion. In 1946, Scruggs founded the Brooks Fleming, Jr. Post 215 for African-American veterans. The group met in various places around Franklin until 1952 when Scruggs and two other World War II veterans, Robert German and the aforementioned Thomas Patton, purchased their current headquarters – the cinder-blockencased house in Hard Bargain.

Not only is this building a meeting place for our veterans, it is one of the few remaining affordable community centers in Williamson County. From birthday parties and baby showers to baptisms and wedding receptions, numerous events are held here throughout the year. It’s also the site of the African-American Heritage Society’s monthly “Porch Talks.” Truly, this building is the heartbeat of the Hard Bargain neighborhood.

As time has passed, members have done their best to maintain the property, patching holes and making necessary

repairs, but even so, the building stands in great need of renovations. Post 215 has launched a fundraiser with a goal of $500,000 to revitalize their headquarters and create an endowment to safeguard the post in perpetuity. Plans for the property include a new roof, interior renovations, a paved parking lot, and an outdoor kitchen for Post 215’s famous fish fries. Vietnam War veteran and campaign chair Donnell Lane acknowledges the urgency of this endeavor: “The old war horse of a post is tired. As the custodians of this legacy, we recognize the need to breathe new life into our cherished institution and restore its glory.”

For veteran and American Legion historian Harvey Chrisman, the project honors the post’s founder, William Scruggs. Not only was he a veteran, Scruggs served as a reverend and civil rights leader who marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. and chaired the Civil Rights Committee for desegregation of schools in Franklin. Scruggs also helped build the Advanced Flying School where the famed Tuskegee Airmen trained. “The importance for me is to carry on the legacy that Elder William Scruggs started,” Chrisman says. “He charged us to carry on.”

To that end, the members will create a museum within their headquarters to preserve the history of our African-American veterans in a centralized location. Just as the historic bones of the building have been concreted over and mostly forgotten, so many of these men and women’s stories have been buried beneath the weight of racism. These are stories of tremendous sacrifice made in the name of freedom, a freedom that was often threatened and denied in civilian life. These

Left: Tuskegee Airman Thomas Patton. Below: Surviving brothers of PFC Robert Carothers.
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are stories largely overlooked by the record books. These are stories that need to be told. The museum will serve as a mouthpiece for those silenced voices through interactive and interpretive displays.

Bob Ravener, a U.S. Navy veteran, American Legion member and project organizer, further elaborates on the importance of sharing the narratives of African-American veterans. “This is a story of perseverance, tenacity, and belief in the ideal of the country. We’re trying to tell that story and expand that story for others to learn, grow, and develop for the future generations.”

Though the post’s headquarters itself holds historic significance, it’s the stories of the individuals it serves that makes it such a special place. This renovation is about more than brick and mortar; it’s about flesh and blood, service and sacrifice. To be part of this important preservation project, you can make a tax-deductible donation payable to Franklin’s Charge with “American Legion Post 215” specified in the memo line and mailed to P.O. Box 874, Franklin, TN, 37065. Donations can also be made online at

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Attic of American Legion Post 215 Shows frame and windows of original house.

Game Changer


he Nashville Arena Sports, LLC, ownership group of the Nashville Kats, announces Chuck McDowell as its newest partner. Chuck, a serial entrepreneur with a track record of proven success, is now the largest individual stakeholder in the Kats and has also been named Chairman of the arena football franchise.

“When I look at investment opportunities I consider three things: Are good people involved? Will it be fun? And will it make money,” said Chuck, a Nashville area native. “The Kats check all of these boxes. With our great team in place and the continued growth of middle Tennessee, I believe the Kats are well positioned for long-term success… and we are certainly going to have fun along the way.”

Chuck joins the Nashville Kats ownership group which includes Tamara Dadd Alan, Founding Partner & CEO; Nancy Eckert, Founding Partner and COO/General Counsel; former Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher, Partner & President of Football Operations; and Greg Pogue, Partner & VP for Community Relations.

“The Nashville Kats organization is thrilled to welcome Chuck McDowell, a pillar of the Nashville community and visionary businessman. His enthusiasm for the sport and commitment to the community are in perfect alignment with our franchise’s core principles and values,” says Dadd Alan.

Chuck, a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, is well known in the Nashville community as the Chairman of Wesley, LLC and the founder and CEO of Wesley Financial Group, a consumer rights advocacy company that specializes in timeshare cancellations. Wesley Financial Group has helped more than 35,000 families escape their timeshare mortgage debt and was recognized in the 2020 and 2021 Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies.

In 2021, Chuck launched Wesley Mortgage to provide full-service mortgage services with a strong presence in middle Tennessee. The company is recognized as the Official Mortgage Provider of the Tennessee Titans and

When I look at investment opportunities I consider three things: are good people involved, will it be fun and will it make money.

was named as one of the Best Places to Work in 2023 by the Nashville Business Journal.

Chuck purchased Medical House Calls, a concierge urgent care medical practice in 2023. The company provides services throughout middle Tennessee and has now expanded to the 30A area of Florida.

The Kats will play ten regular-season games this season with five home games at the historic Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The season opener versus the Minnesota Myth is slated for Saturday, April 27th. The Kats also play the Georgia Force on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18th at the new F&M Bank Arena in downtown Clarksville. Tickets are available to purchase here:

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tanding on the mountainside, on the second morning of our adventure visiting Bolt Farm Treehouse, I watched the sun rise over the horizon. I took a photo; however, nothing captures those moments in full. Unless you were there, you would not understand the beauty and the quiet affect it has on your mind and soul. I posted the picture with the words: “Magic and healing happens in the clouds first, and then guides its way down through the roots.” This was the only way I could explain the moment. In this crazy world we live in and the things we take for granted, like a sunrise, Bolt Farm Treehouse brings you back to “reality” in a simple way… In nature.

This beautiful place is located in Whitwell, Tennessee, which is approximately two hours from Williamson County and forty-five minutes from Chattanooga. The fifty-five acre property is positioned in the Sequatchie Valley, which is visible from outer space and three states can be seen from the top of Bolt Farm’s location: Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The nature retreat consists of standalone tree houses, domes and mirror cabins and was mindfully created by Seth and Tori Bolt, a husband-and-wife team that wanted to bring childhood magic back to adults craving adventure.

Seth and his father crafted the original Majestic Treehouse, located in Walhalla, South Carolina, to be the location for Seth and Tori’s wedding and honeymoon. This was the beginning of the dream that led them to Tennessee’s mountains, driven by the mindset that “you feel on top of the world when you are on top of the world.” Their journey to find the right place to build their dream brought them to Sequatchie Valley. While exploring the property, they came across waterfalls, mountainside paths, cliffside sitting areas, natural rock caverns and pathways, and so much more. It was the perfect location to create what is now a haven to guests.

There are currently five standalone tree houses, eight luxury domes and five mirror cabins. They opened their tree houses and domes in March of 2021, with the mirror cabins opening in October of 2022. The glass walls of the mirror cabins provide panoramic views of the surrounding woods and landscape, reflecting ninety-seven percent of UV rays and ensuring insulation and privacy.

Each villa (treehouse, dome and mirror cabin), is equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette, a private terrace or patio, outdoor hot tub, BBQ grill, pizza oven, fire pit and, of course, a view. Bolt Farm Treehouse offers guests an option to include ready-to-make meals that can easily be prepared in the pizza ovens, which is what my husband and I enjoyed during our stay. We did not have to worry about food at


all as we had breakfast, lunch and dinner provided –as well as desserts and s’mores! Prior to arriving, we got to choose from a Breakfast Casserole, Blueberry Coffee Cake, Poppy Seed Chicken, Tuscan Chicken, Fajita Chicken, Veggie Lasagna and Peach Cobbler. All of the meals were already in our fridge, upon arrival, along with two pizza making kits.

The property has several Adirondack chairs and benches situated in mindful spaces for guests, either along the hiking trails, next to waterfalls or along the side of the mountain. Seth and Tori are literally reminding people to stop and take a breath while they explore… To stop and appreciate nature. My husband and I took advantage and stopped at every location we came upon during our exploring of the property.

Bolt Farm also offers a variety of amenities for guests to enjoy during their retreat, including:

• 2.5 miles of hiking trails

• In-room massages by Mountain Mobile Massage

• Mountain-top Yoga

• Fire pits with unlimited firewood In-room projector for movies

• Weekly on-site happy hours with Seth and Tori Bolt

Guests can also take their adventures off the property, to nearby destinations. Visit downtown Chattanooga or get adventurous with one of these nearby excursions: Paraglide Tennessee, Canoe Kayak Chattanooga, River Canyon Kayaks, Lodge Cast Iron Tours and Train Rides with the Tennessee Valley Railroad.

Bolt Farm Treehouse is also in partnership with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit organization focused on reforestation in the Appalachian region. For every reservation made, a tree is planted in order to contribute to reforestation efforts and sustainability. I encourage you to book your restorative stay at Bolt Farm Treehouse and immerse your mind, body and soul into reconnecting with nature. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the sunrise while you’re there.

To book your stay in the Bolt Farm Treehouse, visit You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook at @boltfarmtreehouse to keep up with their adventures.

Far Left: Luxury Dome Above: Mirror Cabin Left: Treehouse view
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Founded in 1999, Harpeth Conservancy is a science-based nonprofit conservation organization with a mission to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. Harpeth Conservancy’s success is driven by working with landowners, businesses, community, local, state and federal decision-makers and members to foster solutions that reduce pollution and maintain healthy areas.

Harpeth Conservancy’s Songwriters for Streams, presented by Grasslands Environmental, will take place on Sunday, April 21st, at the home of Libby and Nick Sieveking on Moran Road in Franklin. The annual family-friendly fundraiser welcomes music and river lovers to gather with Tom Douglas, who created

the event in 2023 and will serve as host, along with fellow Grammy® nominated songwriters Barry Dean and James Slater.

Tom Douglas, whose songs have earned Grammy, Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations, was inducted into the National Songwriters Association International’s (NSAI) Hall of Fame in 2014. His songs include these No. 1 hits: Miranda Lambert’s Grammy Award-winning “The House That Built Me,” Tim McGraw’s “Grown Men Don’t Cry” and “Southern Voice,” and Lady A’s “I Run to You.” He also added filmmaker to his credits with the writing of his documentary, “Love, Tom,” reminding people to never give up on their dreams.

Barry Dean is a CMA award-winning songwriter, a Leadership Music Alum and has served on the NSAI Board and as a Recording Academy Nashville Chapter

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Governor. He is also the co-founder and CEO of LUCI, a mobility platform that was listed as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the year. Some of Dean’s top hits include Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” (Grammy Single of the Year), Ingrid Michelson’s “Girls Chase Boys” (BMI Pop Award), Tim McGraw’s “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” Michael Ray’s “Think a Little Less,” and John Pardi’s “Heartache Medication.”

James Slater is a bilingual singer-songwriter of Bolivian American descent. He has had songs recorded by everyone from Carrie Underwood to Tim McGraw to Willie Nelson. Some of Slater’s top hits include “In My Daughter’s Eyes” by Martina McBride (Grammy Nominated), “High Cost of Living” by Jamey Johnson (Grammy Nominated), “God Whispered Your Name” by Keith Urban, “Unstoppable” by Rascal Flatts, “Can’t Shake You” by Gloriana, “Mexicoma” by Tim McGraw, and “Guys Named Captain” by Kenny Chesney.

Gates will open for the event at 3:30pm and the concert will be from 5:00pm to 6:30pm with gates closing at 7pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic food and beverages as desired. Culligan Water of Nashville will supply water coolers to refill water bottles. Because the event is outdoors, bug spray, sunscreen and weather appropriate apparel and footwear are encouraged.

The kids’ area will be open from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and will feature a scavenger hunt, face painting, educational macroinvertebrates (creek critters) and other activities. Organizers request respectful quiet time

during the concert, so parents may want to bring appropriate diversions for children.

Carloads of up to six people are $350 and easy button packages are $2,000, which includes a table, chairs, premium location, flowers, charcuterie/cheese snack boxes, and a cooler with beverages for six people. Carloads tickets are available at

To learn more about Harpeth Conservancy, its mission, upcoming events or how you can get involved,

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HOP ON FRANKLIN TRANSIT for Local Shopping and Fun


Franklin Transit is the easy way to get around Franklin and Cool Springs. We have friendly service, $1 one-way tickets, and more stops available every 30 minutes to get you where you need to go. From restaurants to shopping to historical sites.






Denim & Diamonds

WHO: Battle Ground Academy | WHAT: Denim & Diamonds WHERE: The Factory at Franklin WHY: Luke Bryan headlined Battle Ground Academy’s Denim & Diamonds fundraiser on Saturday, March 2 at The Factory at Franklin. More than 400 gathered for the BGA Parent’s Association’s premier event. Funds raised at Denim & Diamonds support BGA’s extracurricular opportunities, as well as arts and athletics programming. Kelley Young and Cara Deese served as co-chairs.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEX JACOBI Michael & Kathleen McClellan Nora & Rob Jewell Krystal Torcivia, Elizabeth Locke Etherton, Ashlea Pflug, Andrea Joki, Heidi Parkerson, Maggie Mabury, Cara Deese, Kelley Young, Erin Gilbert & Kelly Mayes Maggie Mabury, Trupti Patel & Lynlee Kennedy Kirk & Re Kelso, Luke Bryan, Shelley & Brent McLay John Ligon & Matt Ligon Melinda & Ward Brown

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There’s no question playing in the dirt tops the list of fun for kids, particularly young children, despite the protests of many well-intended parents. If you happen to be one of those worried parents, you can put your fears aside.

As it turns out, dirt is beneficial to the long-term health of kids, according to a Northwestern University article by Clare Milliken, “Germs at four, less inflammation at forty.” Studies have found that early exposure to certain germs, like those found in dirt, helps kids’ immune systems learn to regulate inflammation better. In turn, this exposure reduces kids’ risk for many diseases throughout their lives.

For that reason, a family garden is a perfect opportunity to build your kids’ immune systems. Better still, gardening offers lots of other benefits to kids and families.

Through gardening, kids learn to be responsible by caring for their own plants. It’s also a great way to help kids learn about and develop an appreciation for science. Another health benefit is that gardening encourages healthier eating. Not to mention, it’s an excellent activity for family bonding. So, gather up your kids and gardening supplies, head outdoors, and get ready for some dirt-filled fun.

Getting started

First, decide where to plant your garden. Then allow a small space for your child to have his or her own garden, too. This will help build your child’s enthusiasm for the garden and encourage him or her to take ownership and responsibility for it. Having their own garden can be exciting and rewarding for kids because they know that they, alone (or with minimal help), grew those little seeds into a marvelous plant.

Next, decide what to plant. For young children, consider fast-growing plants they are familiar with. Little kids also love plants that are colorful or have strong scents.

If your kids are older, let them choose what they want to grow. But keep in mind your child’s personality. If he tends to be impatient, suggest plants that are easy to care for and grow quickly.

As you proceed in planning and preparation, include your child in it as much as possible. Remember, this stage is as much fun for kids as it is for parents and helps build kids’ enthusiasm. Also, let your kids help you draw up the garden plan. If they’re old enough, they can also create their own shopping list.

When you go shopping for the supplies, take your kids along and let them pick out their own seeds and gardening tools. For the safety of young children, look for kids’ gardening tools made of durable plastic.

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Planting your garden

When you begin planting, show your child how to plant the seeds and how to space them apart correctly. Then have your child water the seeds as directed.

To help your child take responsibility for his or her own garden, put a daily gardening task list on the refrigerator.

Also, to help your child maintain enthusiasm, suggest keeping a garden log. Kids can have fun recording the date of plantings, each day’s gardening activities, when each plant sprouts, the amount of growth of the plants, and the harvesting. Finally, after harvesting, have your child help you prepare the vegetables. Try different ways of preparing or cooking them to help your kid develop a life-long love for fresh, healthy veggies.

Books on gardening with kids

To get your family’s gardening project off on the right foot, consider an ageappropriate book. This will also help build your child’s enthusiasm. To help make your family garden a success, a couple of books for parents are included below as well.

The Little Gardener by Jan Gerardi (ages 3-4)

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes (ages 3-7)

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner (ages 5-8)

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy (ages 4-10)

Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Brown (ages 8-12)

The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids

Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen (for parents)

at Williamson County’s Top Private K-12 School

Next fall, BGA will open the doors of its Early Learning Center, expanding its academic offerings to include pre-K4 and pre-K5.

Learn more about pre-K at BGA, upcoming visit opportunities, and the admissions process by scanning the QR code below.

Explore Pre-K


The Stories Behind the Songs

WHO: 21st District Recovery Court | WHAT: The Stories Behind the Songs

WHERE: The Franklin Theatre WHY: The 21st District Recovery Court returned for its second annual The Stories Behind the Songs with Martina McBride, The Warren Brothers, and Leslie Satcher. All proceeds from the event go directly to Recovery Court to support its twenty-one-year mission to end the cycle of addiction and crime in our community by providing accountability and compassion to non-violent offenders in the criminal justice system.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MADISON UNDERWOOD April Wideman, Carrie Drury & Cassie Jones Debbie Williams, Connie Martin, Lacie Simonton & Amy Gray Jim & Debbie Dickson Scott & Teresa Thomas Janie & Tim Richards Ellen Jansen & Debbie Molnar Ian Matthews, Luke Shingleton, Maria Dominguez & Emma Evans Kay & Morgan Carins


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Uniting Yesterday’s Sounds with Today’s Technology

Andrew Kiser is in the business of helping lost objects find new life. Owner of Audio IPA (It Plays Again), Andrew and his wife, April, moved from Tampa to Williamson County in recent years, to be closer to his parents. Radios have always been Andrew’s passion, stemming from childhood memories of his parents, who, as home missionaries, relied on ham radios for costeffective communication with his grandparents. This sparked his fascination with the power of radios.

While working as program director at a cluster of radio stations, some of the on-air hosts would come in at 5:00am and complain that the clock timer was incorrect and would not make the coffee on time. Instead of just fixing the timer, Andrew found a way to program the coffeemaker to turn on as soon as the broadcast began. From then on, motivated by his inventive spirit, he loved finding ways to make broken things work.

Growing up, Andrew collected antique radios he found at flea markets and had amassed an extensive collection by his early twenties. In 2017, he began modifying the radios to have Bluetooth capabilities. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Andrew restored and sold a few radios he had found on Facebook Marketplace, which financed he and April’s move to Williamson County more than two years ago. In August of last year, Andrew discovered a collection of over 500 antique radios for sale on Facebook. He called his father, who Andrew describes as his “rock,” to ask for his opinion on the purchase. His dad thought it was such a good idea that he offered to split the cost of the collection with him. It turned out that the collection, which had been languishing in a storage unit for decades, was a treasure trove of vintage console, tombstone, bakelite and other style radios.

that enabled real-time communication, transforming communication around the world. “It’s highly rare to find this radio in general, let alone one that works,” says Andrew; “but I did.”

Besides equipping antique radios with modern technology, Andrew also restores pre-loved pieces for those in the community. “I feel like I can take people back to their childhood,” he says. “About two months ago, I was called to a guy’s house to fix a radio that belonged to his wife’s grandfather. She had not heard it since she was a little girl. When I got it working and turned it on, it was a feeling like no other. I still get goosebumps thinking about it. To see the wife break down and cry over the sound of the radio, I know that I am helping bring back memories to that person.”

When he first bought the collection, Andrew never thought it would be anything more than a restoration project. But now, he has country music artists and movie producers asking to use his radios on sets. “Now, I’m seeing that vintage look is really coming back. There’s a need for that authentic look.” Andrew is excited to continue restoring these vintage treasures and connecting with folks through the power of radio. As he continues his journey in Williamson County, Andrew remains grateful for the supportive community that has embraced his passion.

To learn more about Andrew’s story, his process and services he offers you can visit

I feel like I can take people back to their childhood.

Today, stepping into Andrew’s home feels like entering a museum dedicated to the history of communication. Currently, he is in possession of 350 antique radios spanning sixty years - and Andrew has made it his life’s work to breathe new life into these old objects. He showed us a radio from 1962, which he was able to connect to his iPhone via Bluetooth and - with the push of a button - the once forgotten relic started playing Post Malone. Andrew’s personal collection boasts many rare gems, including phonographs by Edison and Victrola, but his prized possession is the 1936 Marconi tabletop radio. Guglielmo Marconi invented the AM (amplitude modulation) band, which created the foundation for modern wireless communication. Marconi’s company created radios

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Top Left: Andrew Kiser with his Bulova Model 100, circa 1957 Bottom Left: Kimball Phonograph, circa 1919

Arts Culture

There never seems to be a shortage of arts and culture events to attend in middle Tennessee. Here are just a handful of upcoming music events, plays and more!


APRIL 5-14

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

The Color Purple is a stirring and soulful musical that tells the story of Celie, a young woman who endures years of abuse and hardship at the hands of the men in her life.

Along the way, Celie forms close bonds with other women, including the vibrant and independent Shug Avery and the strong and fierce Sofia. Through the power of sisterhood and self-discovery, Celie finds her voice and breaks free from the chains of oppression.


APRIL 5-30

Pull-Tight PlayersTheatre

This old-fashioned farce by the writer of Moon Over Buffalo and Lend Me a Tenor takes us on a laugh-out-loud romp, pulling the rug out from underneath the stuffy members of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-thetop romantic shenanigans, this furiously paced comedy recalls the Marx Brothers classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with … golf!


APRIL 20-21

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers return to the stage in Paul Vasterling’s beloved rendition of Romeo and Juliet. Inspired by one of the world’s most famous love stories, Vasterling’s Romeo and Juliet sweeps audiences away in a whirlwind of forbidden passion and swoon-worthy romance. Featuring action-packed fight scenes and lush period costumes, this timeless, full-scale theatrical production whisks audiences to the streets of fair Verona as the Bard’s famous tragedy unfolds.


APRIL 26-28

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

In the epic finale to the Harry Potter Film Concert Series the battle between good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war! “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 2” in Concert brings the final chapter to the big screen as your Nashville Symphony performs every note of the epic score from Alexandre Desplat. The stakes have never been higher!

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TROLLS: Save the Humans | May 2 - Sept 1 Hospitality Sponsor Sponsored by Cheekwood is funded

Six gigantic sculptural trolls by prominent Denmark-based recycle artist Thomas Dambo take up residence at Cheekwood to share messages of stewardship and sustainability. Reserve tickets at

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Run for the Roses


Welcome to the thrilling realm of the Kentucky Derby! Dive into the history, records, and traditions of this iconic horse race with this crossword. Ready, set, solve!


1. First Triple Crown winner.

2. The Derby has never been _______.

3. The state that produces the most winning horses.

4. Traditional flower draped over the winning horse.

6. The official drink.

8. Most popular spectator accessory.

10. Horse that ran the fastest Derby time.

12. Most exciting ____ minutes in sports.


5. Number of winners' names beginning with ‘S’.

7. Takes place in this city.

9. First Derby winner.

11. Held on the first of which day in May?

12. Age of horses that compete.

13. Number of horses that typically participate.

14. First ever female jockey.

Number of past winners' names

Held on the first of these in May.

Age of horses that compete.

Number of horses that typically

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