The program, hosted by Gladys Fournet, Attakapas Chapter Regent, began at the Lamppost on Main Street. The Lamppost is a restoration project of Dr. Gary Wiltz and his wife Diane. The theme of the meeting was historic preservation.
Following the opening ceremony, many Franklin residents were recognized for their efforts to preserve and beautify the community.
Patricia Stiel was honored as one of the first to restore an antebellum home on Main Street. She and her late husband David Stiel restored Palfrey House over 50 years ago.
Ruthie Heard presented the history of the restoration of the lampposts on Franklin’s Main Street. The late Dr. Mildred Christian was a driving force in this monumental project. Those on the committee to replace the old lampposts who were present to receive awards for their endeavors included Didi Battle, Shannon Evans and Dr. Alberto Zuniga.
Susan Patout accepted a certificate for work on the Patout family home, Gates House on Main Street.
Dr. Tom Kramer and his wife Glenna were recognized for their preservation efforts through the years. Dr. Kramer presented a comprehensive narrated slide program of antebellum homes in the Franklin vicinity, including small dwellings as well as grand mansions. His anecdotes and personal notes entertained the large gathering.
Following the meeting, the attendees boarded a bus for a tour of the Franklin Historic District. Dr. and Mrs. Fred Schwitz together with Attakapas Chapter members then hosted the group at the Schwitz home at 909 Second St.