History of Inn
Thirty-eight years before the foundation was laid, the Inn’s history began. Civil War brought troops from both the North and the South to this plot of land where a battle ensued. Sam Redford began construction around 1902, purchasing the property from the Carter plantation. The home has remained in the Redford family since it was built. When fifth generation Emily Redford moved out, the family decided to restore the home and preserve it for future generations. As part of that future, they also wanted to share their love of hospitality and history and share the home with others. A Williamson County Historian named the Inn the “The Franklin Battlefield Inn” for its location and historic value. Today it welcomes visitors from around the country and can be a piece of your history as a wonderful vacation destination.
History of Owners
If you could look up Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford in the dictionary, you would likely find the definition to be “Southern Hospitality.” Both Clyde and Mary Ellen being born and raised in Middle Tennessee meant growing up in a culture where food and fellowship were a love language all unto itself and the hallmark of a good host was the quality of the sweet iced tea. Mary Ellen was raised in Nashville where she graduated from Harpeth Hall School for Girls before completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee. Mary Ellen taught at Franklin Elementary School for seven years before leaving to be a stay at home mom. Clyde was raised in Franklin, Tennessee, graduating from both Battle Ground Academy and Lipscomb University. Clyde spent his career in the insurance industry, where he became President of Gale-Smith & Company, and later Board Chairman and CEO. Mary Ellen and Clyde’s love story started with a “blind date” in June of 1968, which led to their marriage in December of 1969. Nothing means more to them than family, which consists of three children: Matt, Meg, and Will, and one grandchild Emily. The Redford Family also considers it a great pride to be able to be active with many charitable organizations, exuding the “volunteer spirit” of the Volunteer state. Operating the Franklin Battlefield Inn has given them so much joy and the perfect way to express their love of others, their appreciation for history and their gift of entertaining. It is their hope that you too will get to experience the lovely home they have worked to maintain and the beautiful town where it lies.
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