Fort Granger

Built by Union soldiers and African Americans in the spring of 1863, Fort Granger became a critical link in the chain of Federals fortresses that took and held Middle Tennessee in the American Civil War. Today the fourteen-acre site is part of the historic Franklin Parks system and on the National Register.
     This last and largest remnant of Franklin’s occupation period is also the subject of my doctoral dissertation and the focus of my professional residency with the Franklin Parks Department. We are currently working with the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Tennessee War’s Commission, and other groups and individuals to make this a key destination for heritage tourism.
       Following are just some of the ongoing projects created with public support and with the public in mind.

Fort Granger Interpretation Plan

Fort Granger historic play scape 

Sample signs

Old Sally port sign

The seven existing interpretive signs all include damage, dated verbiage, and maps of the fort facing the wrong direction.

Granger Sally Port Sign

The new signs will be in the NPS style, with personal stories, related images, and interactive media portals.

Google earth image of Fort Granger

Viewed from Google Earth, Fort Granger is barely discernible…

North Point Image Overlay

…but partnering with the City of Franklin GIS Department has enabled us to reveal the fort’s impressive footprint.


My Columbia State students and Fort Granger’s western face – before…


                             …and after.


By April 2015, Franklin Parks and Columbia State volunteers had removed nearly all the invasive brush from Ft. Granger’s southwest side, 

CSCC students at Fort Granger

My Columbia State students celebrate a job well done at Fort Granger, standing in front of the brush pile they amassed to open more of the fort’s old site lines.


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