Downtown Franklin Episcopal Church survives destruction from Civil War and Battle of Franklin

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located in the heart of downtown Franklin. It was the first Episcopal Church established in Tennessee. St. Paul’s was founded in 1827 by the Rev, James Hervey Otey who would later become the first Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee.

During the Civil War it was used for barracks by Union troops. Many of the pews were burned for fire wood. Following the Battle of Franklin (November 30th, 1864), St. Paul’s was used as a field hospital. Some of those who died in the church were buried nearby at McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

It was heavily damaged during the Civil War (1861 – 1865) and when it was restored eight stained-glass windows were installed designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Here is a photo gallery of the windows shot from the inside.

3 thoughts on “Downtown Franklin Episcopal Church survives destruction from Civil War and Battle of Franklin

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  2. Very informative and interesting article, there are, however a few statements that are not accurate. St. Paul’s stained glass windows were designed and fabricated by Fredrick Lamb of Lamb Studios in New Jersey not Tiffany. Don Samick, the current owner of Lamb studios has a register of the sale to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, TN.

    Only five windows in the nave are attributed to Lamb Studios. The sixth nave window and two in the side vestibules were designed by Dennis Harmon and fabricated at his studio, Emmanuel Stained Glass Studios in Nashville, TN.

    This information is for the record, I certainly don’t mind being in the same strata as Louis Comfort Tiffany.

    Dennis Harmon
    Emmanuel Stained Glass Studio, Inc.

  3. Pingback: Prominent Franklin resident – Royce – prosecutes claim for loss of home during the Civil War | The Williamson County Historical Society

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