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A Quick Guide to Franklin, Tennessee

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Downtown Franklin, TN
Main St in Franklin, TN

Just 20 miles south of Nashville, you will find Franklin, Tennessee. Straight from a storybook, Franklin is the quintessential definition of Americana. Main street is home to buildings that date back as early as the 1800s and have been painstakingly restored and maintained throughout the years. Just think, Disneyland's Main Street, but in real life. Yes, I know most towns in the south have a Main Street, but Franklin's Main Street is at the top of the list for my personal favorite!

Festivals and Parades

One thing Franklin is most famous for is its yearly festivals and parades. The Main Street Festival during Spring; Fourth of July during Summer: Pumpkin Fest during October; the Veterans Day Parade during November; and the Dickens of a Christmas every December...just to name a few. And, if you think live music is limited to just Nashville, think again. Live music is easy to find here. Franklin is also home to the annual Pilgrimage Music Festival. This festival draws around 50,000 people. This year the 2022 headliner will be Chris Stapleton.

Franklin's Rich History

The epicenter of The Battle of Franklin
Lotz House Museum

Franklin was founded in 1799 and named after Benjamin Franklin. It is also home to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil war, The Battle of Franklin. More than 150 years later, these stories have been meticulously preserved and shared daily with visitors from across the globe. The three Civil War sites – Carnton, Carter House, and Lotz House – each have a unique story regarding the Battle of Franklin. The National Trust for Historic Preservation granted Franklin the Distinctive Destination award due to its cultural variation, beautiful architecture, and proven commitment to preserving history. On top of that, The American Planning Association included the downtown Franklin area in one of the Top Ten Great Neighborhoods for its excellent historic accomplishment.

Franklin contains a unique blend of history and modern progress, from historic homes, sites, and buildings to busy shopping malls and a bustling downtown; Franklin, TN, does a superior job of giving you the best of both worlds. If you are considering a move to Middle Tennessee, be sure to add a visit to Franklin to find out for yourself what makes it so unique.

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