Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens breaks ground

At Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens, this revitalized Williamson County property will be a destination for art, history, education, and green spaces.

A sketch rendering of lawn space and four buildings, including two mansion-sized properties

A birds-eye view of Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. | Rendering via Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County broke ground yesterday on Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. Over the next two years, five acres of the former O’More College of Design property will be transformed into a sprawling community space dedicated to art, education, history, and nature.

Key features of Franklin Grove will include:

🖼️ Robert N. Moore Museum of Art

  • The repurposed Perkins-Winstead Mansion will house an art museum featuring a rotating display of painting, photography, sculpture, artifact, and furniture exhibitions.

💐 Natural gardens

  • Open green spaces, water displays, seasonal plant and flower exhibits, and formal gardens will span 3.5 acres.

📚 Lee-Buckner Rosenwald School

  • Lee-Buckner Rosenwald School, the last remaining Rosenwald School in Williamson County, has relocated to Franklin Grove for preservation. Visitors will be able to look at artifacts and discover stories from former students.

The new features will join the existing Franklin Innovation Center, an incubator for local start-up businesses housed in the LeHew Mansion. Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens is expected to be fully complete by late 2025.

A white paneled school house building with gardens and a walkway

A view of the Lee-Buckner Rosenwald School. | Rendering via Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

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A historic building with formal gardens surrounding it

Natural gardens and green space is a major component of Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. | Rendering via Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

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