A peek inside White’s Mercantile during the holiday season. The shop won a preservation award last year for their historic storefront redesign./Photo by Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has announced they are beginning to accept nominations for the 50th Annual Preservation Awards.
The Preservation Awards celebrate impactful historic preservation projects in the county, and the award categories typically recognize home renovations, commercial restorations and infill projects.
“The ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures are always really fun and impressive,” said Linda Childs with the Heritage Foundation.
Last year’s overall award winner was White’s Mercantile. Owned by “American Pickers” couple Jodi and Mike Wolfe, the storefront was destroyed by a car crash in 2015. The couple then worked with county historian Rick Warwick to recreate the 1983 facade from photos.
“They did it because they loved preservation,” said Childs. “From a preservationist point of view, they checked all the boxes.”
The other winner was Bond Farm in Thompson’s Station, which was renovated after being in the same family for more than 100 years.
Nomination forms are due by April 6, and winners will be announced in May at the nonprofit’s yearly member meeting, which falls during National Historic Preservation Month.
Submit nomination forms, which can be found here, to Annabeth Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Annabeth Hayes, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN, PO Box 723, Franklin, TN 37065.