Franklin, Tennessee has a unique blend of history and new growth. Founded in 1799 and named after Benjamin Franklin. One of the fiercest wars in the Civil War took place here, bringing thousands of historic tourists each year to visit the site of the Battle of Franklin, Carnton Plantation, the Carter House and other historic locations throughout the city.
In 2009, The National Trust for Historic Preservation awarded Franklin the prestigious title of Distinctive Destination for offering an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture and a strong commitment to historic preservation. In the same year the American Planning Association named the downtown Franklin area a Top Ten Great Neighborhood for the Downtown Franklin’s outstanding historic character and architecture and meaningful protection measures the City has adopted to ensure Franklin’s unique sense of place is not compromised by future growth and development.
Business Week Magazine named Franklin one of the Top 50 Cities to Start a Small Business. Some of the other awards the city has received recently include:
2010 Most Romantic Main Street-National Trust for Historic Preservation
2010 One of the Best Cities for Startups-Zoom Prospector.com-Bloomberg Businessweek
2012 Best Places to Live, 52th-Money Magazine
2009 Top 50 City to Start a Small Business-Business Week Online
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
Five National Register Historic Districts
Ranked 10th in America for new jobs created - and projected to be 3rd in America for new jobs over the next twenty years.
One of Five Best Places in America to Antique Shop
Downtown Franklin is well known for its annual festivals and parades including: The Main Street Festival in Spring; Fourth of July in Summer; PumpkinFest in October; The Veterans Day Parade in November; and Dickens of a Christmas in December.
Thousands of tourists visit Franklin each year to attend these festivals and many more throughout the year. Visitors enjoy the beautiful 15 block historic district that offers true southern hospitality. The uniquely elegant shops downtown offer a variety of restaurants, clothing, gifts and galleries.
More information about Franklin is available through the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.