YW: What is your profession, and what led you to choose it?
EJ: History. For me, it was always something of a calling. I think our collective history impacts our day-to-day lives in ways we often do not consider.
YW: What are three words that best describe you?
EJ: Committed. Driven. Persistent.
YW: Where is your favorite place to go in WC and why?
EJ: The Franklin battlefield. It is peaceful, impactful and communal.
YW: What keeps you motivated and inspired?
EJ: The people who visit every day and the opportunities to save or preserve more land.
YW: What is the one thing you do not go a day without?
EJ: Coffee and some perspective on the past.
YW: What organizations are you involved with and why?
EJ: I am 100% committed to the Battle of Franklin Trust so Carnton, Carter House, Rippa Villa and two battlefields occupy seven days of my week.
YW: Tell us about the Battle of Franklin Trust and your involvement.
EJ: The Trust was created in 2009 to bring together the two historic sites that were most impacted by the Battle of Franklin. The Trust took over management of Rippa Villa, which is directly connected to the Battle of Spring Hill, in early 2021. Today, over 100,000 guests visit the homes, and annually, they provide $30-$35 million of annual economic impact to middle Tennessee.
YW: Finish this statement: “I am Williamson County because…
EJ: I am Williamson County because the history of this area is not just a local story, but rather it is a national perspective about who were in the 19th century and how it helps all of us better understand our place in the 21st century.