The History & Culture Center is Now Open for Rentals

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The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County announces the opening of The History & Culture Center (108 Bridge St, Franklin) for private event rental use and the hiring of Jessica Pfranger to the position of Director of Event and Tourism Sales.

The property formerly known as the McConnell House was acquired by the Heritage Foundation in March 2022 and rechristened as The History & Culture Center of Williamson County. This National Register building has a long history as an in-demand venue for private events with numerous corporate meetings, weddings, receptions, and social events hosted over the years. The Heritage Foundation will keep this legacy of rental availability to serve the community while also helping financially sustain the nonprofit organization.

Jessica Pfranger
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To help facilitate rentals, Jessica Pfanger has joined the team as Director of Event and Tourism Sales. She will head the private event rental opportunities for The History & Culture Center and The Franklin Theatre. Previously, Jessica spent 11 years at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville, TN, in the Events Department during their $100 Million expansion with the Omni Hotel. She was recently with Wesley, LLC, leading the contract administration team and later internal communications.

“This is such a great opportunity to make this beautiful, historic building accessible to the public again,” said Jessica Pfanger. “The 6,000-square-foot, three-story building with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, tall windows, and fireplaces offer a distinct backdrop for our guests’ historic events.”

To mark the availability of The History & Culture Center for private events, the Heritage Foundation will conduct a contest to award a free event rental to be hosted at The Center for one randomly selected Williamson County nonprofit. “We know the value that a premier venue can offer nonprofits as a way to conduct fundraising or host other events in support of their missions,” mentioned Meg Hershey, Chief Operating Officer of the Heritage Foundation. “We believe this contest will be just one of many future nonprofit mission-advancing events hosted at The History & Culture Center.”

To enter the contest, visit for complete information and to submit the entry form. Entries are required by September 30, 2022, and a winner will be chosen by October 7, 2022.

For more information about The History & Culture Center, visit

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