Thursday, December 7, 2023

OnTrack - The Growing Miniature World of 1932 Franklin at Franklin Historical Museum

For the past two years, Scott Mason, a professional creator of miniature models and dioramas and a member of the Franklin Historical Commission, has been gradually creating the world of 1932 Franklin, centered on the historic depot that still sits at the heart of the town, just off of Depot Street.  

The original model, measuring about eight feet long and including the depot, coal company, piano factory building, and much more, was displayed last December and January. This year it is back, joined by a newly created model of the Thomson Press factory (current location of Station 117) and the railroad ‘roundhouse’, both located about a quarter mile to the east of the depot. Together they provide a mesmerizing window into the Franklin of nearly a century ago.

This miniature world exhibit, fascinating to young and old alike, will be on display until mid-January during the museum’s normal operating hours, Saturdays 10-1 and Sundays 1-4. 

Photo album of some of the view for the new section displayed as of Dec 2, 2023 ->

You can listen to Scott and I talk about the Train Town exhibit and how it came together in this episode ->

loading off the spur to the Thompson Press
loading off the spur to the Thompson Press

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