Eelbeck Johnson House

Eelbeck Johnson House
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Eelbeck Johnson House

Henry Eelbeck, a prosperous carriage maker, built this house. Eelbeck’s son John was stabbed to death one night in 1850 as he approached a man whom he suspected of some wrong- doing. Although the accused was a slave, by this time Tennessee law required enslaved persons to be appointed a lawyer, who from the record ably represented him, and appealed the conviction to the state appellate court. Nevertheless, the man was convicted of first-degree murder and executed. 

236 2nd Avenue South
Franklin, 37064