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My Books

I’m the author of three books based on my Franklin tours. You can purchase them at the time of the tours, at several locations around town, or on 

Ghosts of Franklin

Tennessee's Most Haunted Town

Ghosts of Franklin is a compilation of ghost stories from all over Franklin. Sites covered include the historic downtown and battlefield areas, house museums such as Lotz House and Carnton Plantation, as well as the privately-owned Harrison House and Cherry Manor. The stories are supported by eyewitnesses, many of whom allowed their real names to be used. 181 pp., trade paperback. Purchase at Landmark Booksellers, Pucketts Restaurant, Puckett's Boathouse, Carnton Plantation, Lotz House Museum, Gallery 202 in Franklin or Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill or click here.

What's impressive about this book is that the author actually interviewed and directly quotes the witnesses who experienced the hauntings, and also provides plenty of background information …Her approach really draws the reader into these accounts, and makes for a very satisfying book. Internet reviewer


Lizzie's War

I’m the author of three books based on my Franklin tours. You can purchase them at the time of the tours, at several locations around town, or on

Lizzie's War is my children's historical novel that explores life in Franklin during the Civil War from a child's perspective. The novel follows eight-year-old Lizzie Courtney's early life, from her idyllic childhood through the Battle of Franklin and aftermath when her world became wrought with chaos. The book shows how the Civil War affected the civilian population of the South. Many of the names--Carter, McGavock, Lotz, McEwen and Courtney--will be familiar to students of local history. Trade paperback, illustrated, 140 pp, $12.00.  Purchase at Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Plantation, Landmark Booksellers and Puckett's Restaurant in Franklin, and Rippavilla Plantation or here.

Margie has thoughtfully captured the essence of Franklin’s Civil War history and written it in a way that children can understand it, appreciate it and learn from it.  J.T. Thompson, Executive Director, Lotz House

"I Spy" Downtown Franklin

I Spy is a scavenger hunt for the eyes, as children count objects, find dates, make a brass rubbing, look for architectural details on buildings around the Square and down Main Street, and have fun! I Spy is active, hands-on and self-guided.   

Purchase your I Spy booklet at either the Heirloom Shop, 404 Main Street or Landmark Booksellers, 114 E. Main Street. Cost is $11.00 and includes a sharpened Franklin pencil, a crayon to make a rubbing and an embroidered Franklin patch. The booklet has all the information you need for an hour of educational fun. Co-author: Rene Evans

I Spy is geared to children ages 6-12 but older children and adults find it fun too! I Spy is perfect for a scout outing, birthday party, or neighborhood event. 

Preschool I Spy is for children ages 3-5. An easier version of the original, perfect for the preschool set. You'll find it at the same locations as the original.

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