Our Story


Long before Ed and Laura Hill purchased The Red House, they were entertainers.  Ed (a highly acclaimed songwriter) and Laura (an event producer and singer) have a deep love of music, family, and their community, and The Red House provided a way to unite their passions.

The Red House was built in 1874 by Robert Bradley for his daughter and her husband, W. E. & Ann Winstead.  Over the past 140 years, the home has been a residence, counseling center and most recently, a recording studio.  It is located just one block from the square in historic downtown Franklin.

When the Hills purchased The Red House, they knew they wanted to capture some of the spirit of the rock clubs and the historically rooted venues that they’ve passed through over the years. The Hills saw a need for a smaller venue that was both classy and fun. Their goal was not only to provide an artistic hub for this area, but also an appealing venue for people to come together.

They brought this vision to life with preserving the 140-year-old Franklin landmark treasure and adorning the massive interior walls with authentic rock and roll memorabilia. The Red House has hosted celebrities such as John Mayer and Keith Urban, as well as numerous brides, songwriters, graduates and special birthday guests. Ed frequently has songwriting sessions at The Red House, and he has even penned a Grammy nominated song while on the front porch of the house.  Laura regularly hosts showcases at The Red House for extremely talented teenage musicians that attend her summer music camp, The JAM.

“The Red House is a part of our family,” says Laura. “It’s who we are and what we love. It lives and breathes music and good vibes and the fact that we are able to provide a home of love and happy memories just feels so right!”

The Hills have three children — Savanna, Gracen and Beaux — and hope The Red House stays in their family for generations.


Fourteen miles and 100 years from Nashville, Franklin, Tennessee is an oasis of Southern hospitality housed in a 16-block National Register district of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries, boutiques, lovingly restored homes and more.  Franklin boasts an award-winning Main Street, brick sidewalks, a stunning collection of Victorian buildings and a host of “Best of” accolades, such as

  • 2010 Most Romantic Main Street – National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2012 Best Places to Live, 52th – Money Magazine
  • 2009 Best Neighborhood-American Planning Association
  • Money Magazine’s Top 10 Places to Retire
  • Great American Main Street Award
  • Number One Small Town in Tennessee
  • One of Five Best Places in America to Antique Shop

Franklin is a wonderful place for a destination event with a vibrant music scene, frequent city festivals, convenient boutique as well as national chain shopping, and an abundance of hotels.  Franklin is located on I-65, and is only 30 minutes from Nashville International Airport. With one visit, you will see why many celebrities of film, rock and country music call Franklin, Tennessee home.  To learn more about visiting Franklin, visit the Williamson County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Site.

Click here to read a recent National Article about Franklin, Tennessee in the New York Times.

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