The historic McLemore House Museum, at 446 11th Ave. N. in Franklin, will hold a public tour Dec. 11, giving visitors a chance to see completed repairs to the home, the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County announced this week.

The house was built in 1880 by former slave Harvey McLemore with money he made in farming after his emancipation, and it remained in his family for 117 years. It was purchased in 1997 from McLemore's descendants by the society.

The home will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 11. Regular visiting hours at the house will resume in the spring. The Saturday event will include historical re-enactors leading tours and portraying the story of McLemore.

The repairs were made with a $50,000 grant from the Tennessee Historic Commission and significant donations from Ford Classic Homes, Chuck and Jo Ellen McDowell, Barlow Builders, and others.

The event cost is $10.00 for adults, and $5.00 for students and children age 12 and under. Light refreshments will be available at the event.

For more information about the African American Heritage Society or for tickets, visit