Dianne and Jeffrey Hall
Why Franklin? Jeffrey and Dianne Hall
It is often said that Franklin is a great place to retire, and relative newcomers to the area Jeffrey and Dianne Hall are living proof.
The couple moved to Franklin from Pennington, a small town near Princeton, NJ in June 2011. They had no real estate or family ties in New Jersey, so they were in a position to make a fresh start anywhere they chose. They spent five years searching for the perfect community, seriously looking at other towns in Delaware, Texas, Virginia, New Mexico and West Virginia, before settling on Franklin.
They didn’t want to live in a place that felt like a suburb or a residential village. They wanted a viable downtown with essential services like the supermarket, post office, drug store, library, and doctors’ offices all within walking distance. They found that and more in Franklin. One of their greatest pleasures on their many walks around town is visiting the farmer’s market where they are on first name basis with many of the vendors.
Having spent most of their professional lives in a state where one town tends to blend right into the next without any greenspace in between, they fell in love with Franklin’s extensive bike trail network. Avid cyclists and nature lovers, the Halls make sure to get out on the trails whenever possible.
All this, plus the beautiful historic district and the low cost of housing that makes it possible for them to maintain an historic home with funds left over for traveling the world, were the reasons the Halls came to Franklin.
Once they settled in, they found a few bonuses. First, they were surprised at the city’s event schedule that consistently offers quality entertainment like outdoor concerts and shows at Barrow-Civic Theatre. Second, many communities have a tendency to be insular, Jeffrey said, but Franklin has been friendly and welcoming.
They noted how easy it is to get involved in organizations to help preserve and protect what they love about Franklin. Dianne sits on the Historic Architecture Review Board for the City of Franklin, on the board of the Historic Franklin Preservation Association, and Friends of the Franklin Public Library. Meanwhile, Jeffrey is on the Oil City Civic Center board, the Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan committee in the City of Franklin, is active in Slippery Rock and Clarion chapters of the Audubon Society, and teaches courses for the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Slippery Rock University.
“We have a very full life in retirement here,” Dianne said.