Friends of Franklin Parks working to restore historic Hayes House

The Hayes House was built in the 1890s. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Hayes House was built in the 1890s. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Hayes House was built in the 1890s. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local nonprofit Friends of Franklin Parks has kicked off a campaign to restore the historic Hayes House in Franklin.

The 4,200-square-foot home, located near the dog park in The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, was built in the 1890s as a home for the Harlin family, who used the land as a horse farm from the 1940s to the early 2000s, according to FOFP.


The nonprofit organization is working in partnership with the city of Franklin to raise $750,000 to restore the home. Once complete, the home will be used as rental space for weddings, events and fundraisers as well as a platform for educational opportunities.

“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’re selling square footage to our friends,” FOFP Executive Director Torrey Barnhill said in a release. “We can all ‘invest’ in a piece of the Hayes House—the ‘deed’ doesn’t come with any special privileges but the pride of knowing that we played a role in bringing it back to life.”

Find more information on how to donate here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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