Memory. Now, there’s a deep thought. Isn’t it interesting the things we remember and the things we don’t? Sometimes, I can’t remember something no matter how hard I try. (Maybe it’s my age.) And, flipside, sometimes I can’t forget something I wish I could! (Like that scene from the Walking Dead…) Either way, memories are important – life wouldn’t be the same without them.

We strive to be intentional at BERRY FARMS about remembering the past and the people who came before us; living, working and creating their own memories where we now call home – Berry Farms. Continuing our series on the significance of the street names in Berry Farms, we left off with Sara Boulevard.

Another owner of Rural Plains who made an impact in Franklin was Walter Roberts, Sara’s father. Walter Roberts Street takes its name from Mr. Roberts, who originated the concept of historic preservation of the Battle of Franklin when, in 1948, he donated the confederate command post, Winstead Hill, to a charitable organization for posterity.  Walter Roberts was also a successful banker, land developer and civic leader.

historical-markerCaptain Freeman Parkway is named for Captain Samuel L. Freeman, the longtime Chief of Artillery for Nathan Bedford Forrest. He was killed on April 10, 1863 at the 1st Battle of Franklin in the general vicinity of Lewisburg Pike and Old Peytonsivlle Road where a historical marker commemorates the event and the actual participation of Brigadier General N.B. Forrest. Captain Freeman, the sole fatality of this first Battle of Franklin at Douglass Church, was deeply mourned by his friend and leader, General Forrest and his comrades in arms.

More street names and stories to come in the New Year.  Have a blessed Christmas and make some happy memories to cherish in the years to come.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from BERRY FARMS!


By Lisa Gregory      December 22, 2016