The history of Williamson County as told by historical re-enactors

Re-enactors told the stories of 10 Williamson County residents at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library on Saturday. The Living History Walk was organized by the Brentwood Franklin Woman’s Service Club.

“I’ve lived here for 30 years, and it’s a lovely town. The history that made it what it is is so fascinating,” Julia Wooters, president of the Brentwood Franklin Woman’s Service Club, told the Tennessean. “I just think those stories are important to remember and important to tell, and I think they’re interesting. I guess I’m a history buff, but I love it.”

Wooters said she was thrilled to share how common streets such as Granny White Pike and McGavock Pike got their names from real historical figures. The costumed actors portrayed several “characters”, including US Colored Troops soldier Freeman Thomas, early settler Ewen Cameron, Carrie McGavock of Carnton Plantation and more. The actors used research from sources such as the Brentwood Library’s Historic Brentwood Room to inform their performances.

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“Every effort has been made to ensure this is as accurate as possible,” Wooters said.

Cole Villena covers Williamson County at The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY – Tennessee Network. Contact Cole at [email protected] or 615-925-0493. Follow Cole on Twitter at @ColeVillena and on Instagram at @CVinTennessee.

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