Kid Rock speaks out on potential destruction of Hank Williams' antebellum home
The proposed and active demolition of Historic Beechwood Hall by its new owners is tragic but unfortunately totally legal under current Williamson County codes.
Beechwood Hall is located near Franklin, Tennessee and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It survived the American Civil War and was owned by country music legend Hank Williams during the peak of his career. It was owned by country music superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill until recently.
The mission of this site is threefold.
To support the community's effort to stop the demolition immediately and encourage its new owners to restore it properly or sell it to a preservation buyer that will.
To consolidate a call to action to our political leaders for a change in the laws that would not allow these destructive behaviors.
To provide a long-term platform for information and updates regarding this important part of American history.
Before Demolition Photos
Photos taken in the Fall of 2021 by James Dunn, historic renovation expert, as he toured the property with the new owners.
Demolition in Progress
From photos being circulated on social media and in public domain
The new owners purchased Beechwood Hall and 268 acres on June 30, 2021. As a condition of the agreement, they promised the seller and the community they would preserve and restore Beechwood Hall. Since the new owner's purchase, the house has been slowly dismantled and the front and back doors are being left wide open. Carefully selected "experts" have been deployed to create a perception that the property is "too far gone" to be restored. This is an absolutely false narrative and the conditions to support this narrative have been created within the past few months.
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, a non-profit preservation organization, is assisting the new owners in decision making and is maintaining that there is “no threat of imminent demolition” in a joint statement released on November 8th, 2022 by the property owners and the Heritage Foundation.
The pictures above tell a different story.
...and the Heritage Foundation conveniently omitted Beechwood Hall, a property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, from its most recent list of Sites to Save.
Below is a page from the Heritage Foundation’s 2019-2020 annual report showing the property owners as top donors.
The Heritage Foundation slogan “Saving Places that Matter” appears to be applied on a selective basis at the discretion of the executive leadership and board of directors.
The video below was recently circulated among the community in an attempt to gain support for demolishing this iconic landmark and replacing it with a Disney-like replica.
Can you imagine Carnton, Graceland and the White House being demolished and rebuilt as Disney-like replicas?
The Petition to Save
Historic Beechwood Hall
We are asking the owners to permanently stop all demolition, make efforts to protect the property from further deterioration and commit to a preservation solution that preserves Historic Beechwood Hall for future generations.
We are also calling on state and county elected officials to pass laws that require a demolition permit and a 120-day waiting period for historic properties within Williamson County.