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Lawyer donates historic property for preservation

Sunday - 7/1/2012, 7:06am  ET

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) - A Washington, D.C. attorney with Tennessee ties has donated a conservation easement and 40 acres around an historic home with ties to the Civil War to the Land Trust for Tennessee.

Rod Heller previously preserved the land now used as Franklin's Civil War park. Heller told The Tennessean he bought the property with the intent of protecting it.

The Hellers' 40-acre donation means a total of 200 acres is preserved around historic Carnton Plantation, including what now is known as the Eastern Flank of the Battle of Franklin Park.

Windermere was where Carrie McGavock died. She is famous for ensuring that the Confederate dead from the Battle of Franklin were given a proper burial.

City and tourism officials hope that the park will become a draw for tourists.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com


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