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McLemore House, Franklin

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The McLemore House is a property in Franklin, Tennessee that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

It is also known as the Harvey McLemore House, as it was the home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who became a successful farmer. It has also been known as the House and Estate of Maggie Matthews. It dates from 1880 and it includes Colonial Revival architecture. For five (or seven) generations, from 1880 to 1997, it was owned by the same family.
In 1998 the house was under renovation for use as a museum. It is now a museum, the McLemore House African-American Museum or the McLemore House Museum.
Harvey McLemore was sold as "a slave for life" in 1859 to William S. McLemore, who was then the county clerk, and who later became a judge. He was previously owned by Bethenia J. McLemore, the mother of William. In 1880, Harvey McLemore purchased four lots from Judge William S. McLemore, and built his house as one of the first residences in the subdivision. Harvey was just the third African-American to purchase property in Hard Bargain.
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  • As a local resident of Franklin, I would place McLemore House as one of the top places to visit in my hometown. We are an area rich in Civil War history, but it it can be somewhat lacking in the... 
    As a local resident of Franklin, I would place McLemore House as one of the top places to visit in my hometown. We are an area rich in Civil War history, but it it can be somewhat lacking in the...  more »
  • The house tour was really cool a lot of neat history definitely recomend a lot of history on slavery 
    The house tour was really cool a lot of neat history definitely recomend a lot of history on slavery  more »
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  • Great historical tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts. Strongly recommend!
  • The McLemore house is a true gem in the city of Franklin. We often hear of slavery but the narrative of how formerly enslaved people created homes and lives after enslavement are rarely discussed. This tour will give you a new perspective on history you may not be aware of. This house was home to four generations until it became an historic sight. Include this historic home on your next visit to Franklin. You will be glad you did.

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