Picture-perfect downtown Franklin is lined with historic homes that hold countless stories within their walls. A stroll down West Main Street is bound to lead you to the charming, eye-catching home located at 1003 West Main — the Turley-Marshall House, which was recently put on the market. Its perfectly manicured front lawn and interesting architecture are just the beginning of the intriguing elements of this home.
Mr. Turley built the house in 1881. It was a two-story Queen Anne-style home with a front entrance tower and arched door and porch. In 1925, the roof caught fire, so to update and save the house, the owner bricked the outside, maintaining the arched porch and arched front door. Now, the exterior of the home reflects a Tudor, while the interior’s expansive high ceilings and transom windows hold onto its Queen Anne roots.
For 46 years, Colonel Hensley Williams called 1003 West Main Street home. The well-decorated military man was beloved by his neighbors, and he was known for walking his dog, “Poochy,” around the neighborhood and quoting poetry to passersby. Today, people still ask the current owners about the Colonel, and his legacy remains in the house he loved and lived in for so long.
After Colonel Williams’ death, Gary Cooper, the CEO of Cooper Steel, purchased the home, and in the two short years he lived there, he revitalized the house, bringing back its sparkle. It had been years since it had undergone any updates, and Gary’s renovations kept the home’s character while giving it an overdue facelift.
In 2009, musician and producer Ben Folds purchased the home and added features you might expect. In the back, he took a little cinderblock garage and turned into an inviting guest house, a space where he can enjoy making music as well as his other two passions: photography and yoga. Upon entry into the guest home, you’ll see the dark room, with the faucet that was used for developing photos once upon a time. Beyond the dark room, a room acoustically engineered for listening to music is now used as the home gym. Upstairs, Ben created a yoga studio, though the current owners use the space as a full guest room with bathroom.
In 2013, current owners Andy and Jan Marshall, the family behind A. Marshall Hospitality and Puckett’s Restaurants, purchased the home. For six years, the couple has lovingly lived there, maintaining its rich history while adding appreciated functional features. Andy tells us, “I grew up here in Franklin and always admired this home. It’s probably the only house I would’ve moved from Leiper’s Fork for, so when it came on the market we had to see it.” A close family friend gave them sage advice upon moving in. He told them to move in, live in the house for one year and then make changes, so it would be like new all over again. It turns out that after one year, they didn’t want to make any major changes. They loved the home as it was.
Outside, though, Andy had a vision. He revitalized the landscaping and gardens, and after visiting ourselves, we have to say it’s absolutely magnificent. The large backyard is uncommon for a downtown lot like this one, and it provides two distinct sections. In the back, the couple’s adorable (big!) dog has more than enough space to roam and play, with a beautiful iron gate separating him from the area where they entertain. The entertaining area is grassy and green with lush plants lining it … and we can’t help but think it’d be ideal for a pool. The back patio screams summer night BBQ with its full sound system and unique custom grill.
Andy worked with Bill Hewitt of Hewitt Garden and Design Center to create the backyard oasis. Andy found some antique fencing in Alabama, while Bill found the side garden fence in Indiana. Andy explains, “You want it to be appropriate for the house, so you search until you find the right thing.” They also worked with the creative Deon Lopez on the outdoor lighting, and now Outdoor Lighting manages it.
Inside, the home had such incredible bones, there wasn’t much to change. The five-bedroom home uniquely boasts two main-level bedrooms, including the master. The large windows let natural light in, and the original hardwood floors are warm and timeless. The stately kitchen has this beautiful vintage feel to it, complete with tin ceilings. “It’s the details that have made it through so many years that make the home really special,” Jan tells us. Five of the six mantles are original to the home, and the sixth was created out of Tennessee limestone and added in the 1920s.
Upstairs, what was once a sleeping porch for hot Tennessee nights, has been transformed into an incredible, spacious office but also once served as an adorable children’s bedroom. And up another flight of stairs, find a cozy media room with an envious setup for movie and big-game watching. This upper level of the home is the Marshall grandchildren’s haven, complete with playrooms, kids’ bedrooms, a full bathroom and a dress up closet.
The home and its owners welcome visitors young and old to enjoy their historic home. Franklin is well-known for its parades, and the Turley-Marshall house is front-row for the action. They swing open the doors and invite in the neighbors, the house filling with conversation, laughter and fun into the night. The couple notes that living here has been almost like vacation. “We always visit Seaside for vacation, and it’s funny, we do a lot of the same things here in Franklin that we do there. We wake up, we walk to breakfast (at Puckett’s or at Modica Market), and we wander around. It’s a neat part about Franklin.”
The couple’s time in this home has been cherished and in this new season, they’re now listing the home that leaves them with fond memories. While they’re ready for the next chapter of their lives, they only hope that whoever buys this home will love and appreciate it the way they have, inviting in new memories and new friends with each passing day.
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