May 26 , 2021
Welcome to the lost state of Franklin(land)…shown is it’s capital building. This new state was to be created from the western portion of colonial North Carolina in 1784. The “new land” streched from the western side of the Appalachian Mountains clear to the Mississippi River…some 700 miles long & 250 tall. North Carolina attempted to donate this land to a debt ridden continental congress just after the Revolutionary War. The fledgling congress did not accept the offer (??)…hence the idea emerged to create a new state from part of this new land….just about the same time North Carolina had decided to resend its land offer to congress. The Franklin legislature, led by John Sevier, “challenged the authority of North Carolina by passing laws to levy taxes, raise a militia, establish courts and open a land office”. The republic of Franklin lasted about 4 years…never actually became a state and the land later became Tennessee. One birth right to the state of Franklin was David Crockett. This replica building now stands near its original site at Greeneville, TN…the capital city of Franklin.