By RACHAEL LONG
With the Morton-Brittain home now afoot in its new location on Sam Donald Court in Nolensville, there is still work to be done in renovating the structure to its former glory. Crews are finishing the foundation and preparing to work on a vital part of the renovation process: the roof.
To help fund the renovation, Pork Belly Farmhouse will host a “Raise the Roof” dinner and silent auction fundraiser on Monday, June 17 in partnership with the Nolensville Historical Society.
Tickets are $100 and include a three-course meal featuring a farmhouse salad, the choice of an entree among pork chops, Joyce Farms chicken breast, a 10-ounce flat iron steak or grilled salmon, and an apple dumpling puff pastry dessert.
Those who attend the dinner will be contributing to the home’s continued renovations, including the completion of the foundation and the installation of a new roof. Pork Belly Farmhouse will donate $60 from each ticket to the Morton-Brittain House Move & Restoration Committee, a subcommittee of the Nolensville Historical Society.
Leading the restoration efforts are co-chairs Gregory Bruss and Beth Lothers. Bruss said Wednesday that upwards of 40 items had already been secured for the silent auction, with a retail value totaling more $5,000.
Some of those items, Bruss said, include handcrafted artisan items such as an “Historic Nolensville” sign and a “Smashville” sign featuring the Nashville skyline, both made with wood from the Morton-Brittain home. Other auction items include a limousine service for up to eight people for four hours, a membership to Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, a party bus, a gift certificate to Piggly Wiggly, gift baskets and more.
“It’s pretty well across the board,” Bruss said. “A lot of them are local businesses as well as individuals.”
Bruss said the support from the community to restore the home has been tremendous. This, he said, is another opportunity for Nolensvillians to get involved.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. The auction will take place during dinner, Bruss said, and will likely continue until after 8 p.m. when organizers cut off bidding.
“If there are two people who want to fuss over one [item], we’ll let them go until one of them just calls uncle,” Bruss said with a laugh.
Pork Belly Farmhouse is not open on Mondays, so Bruss said the event will have the entire restaurant to itself. And with more than 100 tickets available for the event, those wishing to participate in the home’s restoration may just fill the place.
Bruss said the support for the Morton-Brittain restoration has been “across the board” in the Nolensville community. The committee even gets donations from visitors who pass through the Middle Tennessee town on the weekends.
“They’ll listen to the story and they’ll see the pictures, and then they’ll give us a donation,” Bruss said. “[The project] has such a broad base of people who are donating who want to see [the home] restored to the way it was.”
Support from friends, neighbors and businesses in the area have made all the difference, Bruss said.
“We’re getting a lot of support from local people and businesses and that’s great because it’s Nolensville history,” Bruss said. “Maybe 50 years from now, their kids or grandkids will be able to see something that, in January, was almost a sure loss.”
Tickets for the dinner and silent auction can be purchased with cash or check through the Nolensville Historical Society website, or with credit card reservations through Pork Belly Farmhouse at 615-283-7828.
For more ways to get involved in the Morton-Brittain home restoration project, contact the Nolensville Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pork Belly Farmhouse is located at 7263 Nolensville Road, Building #4 in Nolensville.