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Lotz House Opens Doors to Historic Blood Drive

Tennessee Valley

September 30, 2013

Lotz House Opens Doors for Historic Blood Drive

Franklin Community Unites to Honor Lives Lost in Battle of Franklin

(Photo Courtesy: Brandy Blanton, Southern Exposure - J. T. Thompson, Executive Director of the Lotz House Museum)


The American Red Cross is proud to partner with the Lotz House of Franklin, TN for a blood drive on the anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz House was in the epicenter of the bloodiest hours of the Battle of Franklin that occurred on November 30, 1864. Thousands of lives were lost and the home was turned into a makeshift hospital to help the injured.


To honor the memory of the lives that were lost and to help those currently in their own battle, the Red Cross team will be collecting life-saving blood at The Lotz House on November 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson said, “Every day when we give guided tours telling the compelling story of the Battle of Franklin and how it affected the lives of the people who lived here, we’re taking visitors back in time to understand the toll it took on the soldiers and their families. By hosting the Red Cross blood drive, it brings relevance to our everyday lives and gives us a way to participate and take action to help those in need today.”


Every two seconds, a patient in the U.S., needs blood. The only way to provide lifesaving blood is through the generosity of donors who give an hour of their day to roll up a sleeve and donate. 


All presenting donors will receive a voucher for a free tour of the historic Lotz House.


To schedule your appointment, email J.T. Thompson

Call 1-800 RED CROSS 

or CLICK HERE and enter sponsor code: lotz19



How to Donate Blood:

Call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to for more information or to schedule a blood donation appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit to learn more. 


Lotz House
1111 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN, 37064
United States
35° 53' 37.7628" N, 86° 53' 57.084" W
See map: Google Maps