Musician Kid Rock spoke out on Tuesday about the possible demolition of the pre-war home of legendary country singer Hank Williams in “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Located near Franklin, Tennessee, Beechwood Hall was built in the 1850s and survived the Civil War. It was owned by Hank Williams and country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Fund manager Larry Keele bought the 268-acre estate in 2021, but Williamson County residents fear for the house, claiming it will be demolished in the near future.
Rock told host Tucker Carlson that he is “tired of seeing history ripped to the ground”.
“Whether it’s monuments, statues, and now something so important here in Nashville… where does it end?” he asked.
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, a non-profit conservation organization, said in a statement it is working in a “collaborative and positive manner” with the new owners to “create a comprehensive conservation plan and discuss resources and solutions.”
Keele also released a statement on behalf of the organization denying plans for demolition. “Unlike misinformation being published, no historical objects have been burned at the stake and there is no planned demolition.”
He added that the house had been empty for decades and was in a “deteriorating condition” when he and his wife bought the property.
Keele noted that architects have come to the house to offer suggestions on how to better restore it to resemble the original Beechwood Hall. He confirmed that the “1970s addition to the back” was removed because it was “not historic”
Activists at savebeechwood.org, a website of which mission is to stop future demolition and saving the historic home claim the architects are “hand-picked experts” who want to “create the impression that the property is ‘too far gone’ to be restored.”
Kid Rock said he hopes more people will speak out against the potential demolition of Beechwood Hall and advocate for its preservation.
“I think there will be a lot of people [who] will board. They can go to savebeechwood.org, and I think you’ll see a lot more country music stars, musicians, just great people in the community who want to preserve this for the next generation. Generations after that,” he said.