On Sunday, April 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present JT Thompson, Executive Director of the Lotz House, who will speak on “The Lotz House: Beauty and Tragedy.”
The Lotz House, built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Lotz, is a stunning example of craftsmanship seldom seen today. And while a tremendous architectural asset to the community, this structure had a front row seat at the Battle of Franklin with a much larger story to tell. Thompson will present little known facts about the family and what happened to the house before, during, and after the war. He will share how the severely damaged structure was restored only to face more challenges from other threats as the decades passed.
JT Thompson has a background in broadcast journalism including a stint in the Far East. A sixth generation Texan, he had three ancestors die at the Alamo. He is a graduate of Harding University and serves on the board of the Battle of Franklin Trust, the Tennessee Preservation Trust and is a former board member of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society. Thompson also serves on the Franklin Battlefield Task Force and is a strong supporter of the Franklin Civil War Round Table.