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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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  • My mom and I, both history buffs, visited Franklin for a mother-daughter weekend. I stumbled on the McLemore House website, and I’m SO GLAD we decided to go visit! It was a highlight of our weekend...  more »
  • This is a wondeful place to see while in Franklin. Kristi will greet you on the porch and take you through this house telling the stories she knows so well. I definitely feel it is worth the time to.....  more »

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