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Kid Rock jumps into fight to save historic Beechwood Hall in Williamson County

The Tennessean (Nashville) 3 days ago Chris Gadd, Nashville Tennessean

Outspoken star Kid Rock has helped push the future of Beechwood Hall, the 160-year-old Williamson County historic home, into national news headlines.

"I think like so many other people in this country, we are sick of seeing history torn to the ground,” said Rock in a Tuesday interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson. 

Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, mentioned in the interview that Beechwood Hall is the former home of Hank Williams Sr.

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In 1951, Williams purchased the property, although he never lived there. It was later owned by country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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Concern that the historic home will be torn down by owner Larry Keele has spread rapidly since Franklin resident Leonora Clifford, who traces her roots back to the original builders, posted Oct. 27 on social media that demolition was imminent. 

Keele, who bought the home and accompanying 268 acres last year, stated recently in a text message to The Tennessean he had been “working closely with the Heritage Foundation and its team of advisors” and he has “absolutely no plan for demolition."

Rick Warwick, the official historian of Williamson County Historian, was the first person to inform Clifford about Beechwood Hall's future. Warwick said he was invited to view the home about a month ago by the owner and an architect.

"The back of the house had already been torn away and the barristers on the stairway had been taken," Warwick said. "They told me a structural engineer reported the house as dangerous."

Rock told Carlson it was another example of “invasion from the state of California." 

Kid Rock, the Grand Marshall, is seen greeting the crowd for his second year at the annual Christmas Parade in Leipers Fork, on Sat. Dec. 14, 2019. © Evan Mattingly/The Tennessean, Evan Mattingly/The Tennessean Kid Rock, the Grand Marshall, is seen greeting the crowd for his second year at the annual Christmas Parade in Leipers Fork, on Sat. Dec. 14, 2019.

Keele graduated from Tennessee Tech University and later worked in California. 

"We hope to get this resolved in a good manner," Rock said. "But, if not, we can get some hillbilly stuff goin' on too."

At the last Williamson County Commission meeting, multiple leaders in the county asked for help in protecting historic properties in unincorporated Williamson County. 

County Mayor Rogers Anderson has begun assembling a “task force” to look at preserving such historic structures. 

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Kid Rock jumps into fight to save historic Beechwood Hall in Williamson County

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