City of Spring Hill Taps Battle of Franklin Trust to Manage Historic Rippavilla
The Battle of Franklin Trust has been selected by the City of Spring Hill to operate and manage Rippavilla, an 1855 mansion with historic grounds located on ninety-eight acres just minutes from historic Franklin, where the Trust also manages two historic sites Carnton and Carter House.
In making the announcement, Battle of Franklin Trust CEO Eric A. Jacobson said, “Rippavilla played a key role in the Battle of Spring Hill which led to the Battle of Franklin the following day on November 30, 1864. It’s a story we tell every day at Carnton and Carter House and we welcome the opportunity to present the actions that took place at Rippavilla in which was the preamble to one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War.”
Rippavilla is owned and has been supported by the City of Spring Hill since 2017, with Rippavilla Inc. contracted to manage the property. Earlier this year the city recently voted to terminate that contract. Jacobson added, “Rippavilla is a crown jewel in Spring Hill and presents endless opportunities to preserve the history of the area and provide a better understanding of the events that make us who we are today. Our mission at the Battle of Franklin Trust is to teach how the Civil War redefined America that we know today.”
The Battle of Franklin Trust will reopen Rippavilla to the public for guided tours as well as specialty tours. Visitors can experience guided house tours of Carter House, Carnton and Rippavilla for $40 allowing visitors guided house tours at three of Tennessee’s historic landmarks – Carter House, Carnton and Rippavilla. Tickets have no expiration date, are transferable and must be purchased at one of the three locations. In addition, The Battle of Franklin Trust is offering a $10 Rippavilla Classic House Tour promotion through June 30th.
The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)(3) management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.
The Battle of Franklin Trust sites are open to the public seven days a week. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit boft.org. Its mission is to “preserve, understand, and interpret the story of a people forever impacted by the American Civil War.”