'Sick of seeing history torn to the ground': Kid Rock slams potential demolition of Hank Williams' home
Kid Rock expressed his hope that more people will speak out against Beechwood Hall's imminent demolition and fight for its preservation
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Musician Kid Rock voiced out against the potential demolition of the legendary country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams' antebellum mansion on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight', on November 22, Tuesday. Kid Rock told the host Tucker Carlson he is “sick of seeing history torn to the ground" reported Fox News. The 1850s-era Beechwood Hall, which is close to Franklin, Tennessee, was constructed and endured the Civil War.
Rock questioned in the interview, “Whether it be in the form of monuments, statues and now something so important here in Nashville… where does it end?” It was owned by country music icon Hank Williams at the height of his success and it was also recently owned by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, two of the biggest names in country music. Fund manager Larry Keele purchased the 268-acre estate in 2021, but Williamson County residents are worried about the house and believe it may soon be demolished.
In a statement, the non-profit preservation group Heritage Foundation of Williamson County said it is working with the new owners in a "collaborative and positive manner" to “create a comprehensive preservation plan, and bring resources and solutions to the table for discussion.”
Additionally, Keele issued a statement on the firm's behalf rejecting any plans for demolition, saying, “Contrary to misinformation that is being published, no historical items have been placed in any burn pile and there is no scheduled demolition.” The architects are "carefully selected professionals," according to activists at savebeechwood.org, a group whose goal is to prevent any more demolition and conserve the historic house. They are allegedly trying to "create a perception that the property is 'too far gone' to be repaired."
Kid Rock expressed his hope that more people will speak out against Beechwood Hall's imminent demolition and fight for its preservation. “I think there’s going to be many, many people [who] will get on board. They can go to savebeechwood.org, and I think you will see a lot more country music stars, musicians, just great people in the community that want to preserve this for the next generation to come. Generations beyond that,” he said.
SaveBeechwood.org has launched a sign-the-petition forum with three goals: to support the community's effort to halt the demolition right away; to persuade the property's new owners to restore it properly or sell it to a preservation buyer who will; to gather support for a call to action to the political leaders for a change in the laws that would not permit these destructive behaviors; and to offer a long-term platform for information and updates about this significant American historic building.