Anyone who’s ever wanted to poke through some of Franklin’s most notable historic homes will have their chance this weekend.

Beautifully restored Victorian homes and sturdy cottages from the early 20th century will be open to curious onlookers.

You can check out the newly refurbished former city hall building, stay abreast of the most recent work at the Historic Artcraft Theatre and see the initial stages of work to transform the Varynit Garment Factory into a reception hall.

Franklin’s Historic Home Tour has become an every-other-year tradition for the preservationist set in Johnson County. Organized by Franklin Heritage, it celebrates local residents and their commitment to the city’s unique architectural history, while getting ideas for their own improvement projects.

Here’s the details:

Historic Home Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Locations throughout Franklin

What: A self-guided tour through some of Franklin’s renovated and restored historic homes and buildings.

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under.

Where to get tickets: Tickets are good for both days of the tour. Order online at or at the theater box office, 57 N. Main St., Franklin.

Participating homeowners and homes:

  • Doug and Amy Heavilin, 14 Martin Place
  • JD and Julie Mendez, 18 Martin Place
  • Patrycja Zygmunt and Leonardo Alcaraz, 11 Martin Place
  • Chad and Lori Prince, 60 Martin Place
  • Tom and Diane Strack, 179 S. Home Ave.
  • Todd and Sally Eck, 151 S. Home Ave.
  • John Shafer, 644 N. Walnut St.
  • Ruby Kohler and Zach DeWitt Home, 654 N. Walnut St.
  • Darrell and Betsy Dusold, 6484 E. 350N
  • Old City Hall, 55 W. Madison St.
  • Varynit Garment Factory, 101 E. Wayne St.
  • Hendricks Log Cabin, 135 N. Main St.
  • Historic Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St.
  • Arcraft Green Room Bungalow, 49 E. Madison St.
  • Madison Street Salvage, 350 E. Madison St.

See Saturday’s Daily Journal for more information.


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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.