South’s Prettiest Town

Historic Franklin

Located just minutes from The Grove is downtown Franklin, a beautiful and inviting historic district offering real Southern hospitality, shopping, restaurants, art galleries, theatre and more. Celebrating more than 200 years of rich history, Franklin has excelled at architectural preservation. As such the awards and accolades are numerous:

  • Great American Main Street, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Charming Small Towns of the South, USAToday.com, Aug 2014
  • Top Ten Cities for Historic Preservation, Livability.com
  • Top Ten Downtowns, Livability.com
  • Cities on the Rise in Tennessee, NerdWallet
  • 8th Best Town in The Nation, Travel + Leisure Magazine
  • Most Romantic Town, Travel & Leisure
  • South’s Prettiest Town, Southern Living
  • Best Southern Town, Garden & Gun
  • A small-town gem near Nashville, The New York Times
  • 10 Best Towns for Families July 2014- Family Circle Magazine
  • Most Beautiful Towns, Rand McNally/USA Best of the Road Contest.

History buffs have long been drawn to Franklin, with one of the greatest attractions being Carnton Plantation, built in 1826. During the Battle of Franklin in 1864, Carnton served as the largest field hospital in the area. The Carter House, command post for the Union Army, is located nearby and noted for being the most bullet-riddled building still standing from the Civil War.

historic franklin attractions

Attractions

  • Carter House
  • Carnton Plantation
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Franklin Theatre

franklin tn live music

Live Music

  • MUSIC AT MCCREARY’S
  • PUCKETT’S GROCERY
  • GRAY’S ON MAIN
  • WHISKEY ROOM LIVE

Dining

  • RED PONY RESTAURANT
  • MERRIDEE’S BREADBASKET
  • CORK &COW
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