The historic Victorian farmhouse long served as an anchor home for the Harlin family, according to a FOFP release. While full plans for the restoration are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, the home could serve as a special events venue, a fine art gallery as well as offices.
The organization is looking to raise approximately $700,000 for the project, $100,000 of which has already been raised, according to the release. The organization is still looking for donors to get involved.
“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 statement. “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.”
Those interested in learning more about how to get involved can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.friendsoffranklinparks.org.