Since its inception in 1988, the story of the Scottish Tartans Museum and Heritage Center has been one of steady growth and expansion. What began in a small corner of the Highland Inn in Highlands, NC now occupies several stories of an historic building in Downtown Franklin, and – once again – the Museum is poised for growth.
But all that progress is in danger, if the building is sold to a third party who does not wish to continue with the Museum as a tenant. Being able to purchase the building means security, stability, and justification for further improvements and expanded exhibits and member services for years to come.
The Museum belongs to, and is at the service of, everyone of Scottish ancestry and those interested in the history of the Highland way of life. If we all come together to #SaveTheTartans, we can ensure a permanent home for our history and heritage.
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The earliest record of the town lot on the south block of Main Street dates back to 1881, and included the store front now housing the Museum along with four others including a stables, hotel, and drug store with residential spaces above the street level.
Around midnight on March 28, 1894 a young townsman by the name of Tom Porter discovered flames coming out of the building and sounded the alarm. D.L. Garland, the proprietor of the drugstore, escaped from his upstairs apartment, along with his wife and brother, all in their night clothes.
The Franklin Press reported, "Soon the town was aroused and ladders and buckets brought into service, and by almost superhuman efforts a more extensive conflagration was prevented."
No lives were lost, but the fire damage was extensive, and the material losses amounted to several thousand dollars.
Special thanks to Council Member Barbara McRae for the historical documents that contributed to this story.
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