You asked: DFA time capsule buried in 2005

Published 11:30 am Saturday, February 4, 2012

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You asked: When did Downtown Franklin Association bury a time capsule and when will it be unearthed?

FRANKLIN—The Downtown Franklin Association on June 5, 2005, buried a time capsule containing items related to a 54-mile, world-record paper-ring chain made here.

The burial of the time capsule at the Train Depot Visitors’ Center was held in conjunction with the DFA making the Guinness Book of World Records, said DFA Board Member Kathy Worrell.

“There were newspaper articles on the paper chain,” Worrell said. “It (the time capsule) also contains a piece of the chain.”

Those who worked on the chain, known as the “chain-gang,” had their names stuffed in the time capsule. Worrell couldn’t name them, and records for the time capsule have been misplaced.

Worrell also said officials asked two young people at the ceremony to dig up the time capsule in 50 years.

“We figured we’d all be dead and gone by then,” she said.

DFA’s record for the longest paper chain still stands, according to Guinness Book of World Records spokeswoman Sara Wilcox.

The paper chain construction began June 4, 2005, and “chain-gang” members worked 24 hours straight to complete it, according to The Tidewater News. A reception at the Pace House Inn followed.