Southern Living calls Franklin one of “The South’s Prettiest Towns”. Money Magazine calls it one of “Top Places to Live in the United States. You can call it home!
While Franklin is widely celebrated today for its charming main street and its amazing array of trendy restaurants, eclectic shopping, and active arts and entertainment scene, it has long been cherished for its Southern hospitality and rich history. Founded in 1799 and named after Benjamin Franklin, the area was the site of the one of the fiercest battles in the Civil War. History buffs come to Franklin 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.
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.
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