Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt
Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt
Looking for a unique way to explore Franklin with the family? Discover history throughout downtown Franklin with a fun, family-friendly horse scavenger hunt! As you solve a set of clues to find each horse statue, you will find yourself standing in a spot of historical significance in shaping the history of both Franklin and the United States.
Stop by the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin to pick up your Midnight Sun brochure, or download the Visit Franklin App, to follow the clues and complete the hunt.
Once you’ve found each of the horse statues, write down their location on your brochure and return it to the Visitor Center to collect a special prize!
Who is Midnight Sun?
Midnight Sun is the most famed Tennessee Walking Horse Grand Champion in the United States. The stallion from Harlinsdale Farm in downtown Franklin quickly became one of the leading sires of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed and went on to become World Champion of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in 1945 & 1946. He was such a renowned champion that since 1949, only four horses that have won the annual Tennessee Walking Horse World Championship were not of the direct Midnight Sun bloodline.
Midnight Sun lived 25 years, 21 of which were at Harlinsdale Farm. When he died in November of 1965, he was buried on the farm at a gravesite that is still visible today.
About the Artist
Janel Maher’s sculptures are known for capturing the heart, soul and very essence of one of our greatest treasures- the horse. Janel’s bronzes can be found among collectors throughout the United States, Europe and South America with two perpetual trophies in England and South Africa.
Janel was the winner of the prestigious Marilyn Newmark Memorial Award for realism at the 2013 American Women Artists 25th Annual Juried Art Show for the bronze “Cheval.” She also was awarded the Presidents Award at the Women Artists of the West 45th Annual Juried Art Show for the bronze “Galileo.” This was the first time that this award was presented to a sculptor.
In describing the bronze “Ponies Before the Storm,” one collector says, Horses run through Janel Maher’s hands...and she stops them in bronze so we can touch them.”
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How to Complete the Scavenger Hunt
Be sure to download the Visit Franklin app, where you’ll find the Midnight Sun Scavenger Hunt in the “tours” section. Follow the clues to find all 10 statues, check in at all locations and come to the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin for a prize!
You can also pick up a brochure at the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin to follow the clues, solve the hunt and redeem your prize. Be sure to check in with our Visitor Center staff if you get stumped!