This is truely sad news. Tom is an amazing historian . His tour of the house and the battlefield was the highlight of the Trip to Franklin last year. I have quoted hims so many times to friends . Tom pointing from the Carter House down the road to the site where Cleburne and his men died , "That Damndable Dominoes Pizza should never have been built!!!" said with such passion in his voice.
Then the last night of our Muster there he speaks to us in the voice of Sam Watkins for over an hour. Not just the voice, he was Sam.
I wish him well in what ever he plans to do next. The Carter House just won't be the same.
Steve, have you heard any thing more about this ? Have you talked to Tom? I know you live close to Franklin and are involved in the area. I am so sad for future visitors that won't get to enjoy the same presentations we did. I feel very lucky.
We can all honor Thomas by remaining steadfast supporters of the Carter House, and we can help David keep the ship right by offering our hands of fellowship and assistance. Both or these fine men love the Carter House second only to their own families.
This period of transition will be difficult for David, Thomas and the Carter House. They need us and we should be there for them.
Well said Sam. Don't see how staying away from Franklin would honor all that Tom's worked for all these years. Support Franklin in his honor. Remember what it was like 10 years ago? Look at the things happening now. Much of that is due to him.
Indeed sir, I told Thomas to think of all that's been done under his gallant leadership in recent years...the Eastern Flank property, the Carter House gardens, the demise of the Pizza Hut, and the future new Visitors Center have all benefited from Thomas's efforts, either directly or indirectly.
And...nothing is forever. Who knows, maybe Thomas and the Carter House might be in each others' future.