With its beautiful blend of upscale urban development and historic preservation, eclectic selection of places to dine and shop and opportunities to explore history, it’s no wonder Franklin was included in Southern Living magazine’s top 10 “Best Small Towns.”
Visit historic downtown Franklin for a perfect Great American Main Street experience. The town square has a Civil War monument in its center, a lone Confederate soldier standing guard. “Chip” commemorates the fierce 1864 Battle of Franklin. Visit Carnton Plantation, home of Carrie McGavock, heroine of the bestselling novel “The Widow of the South.” See the battle scars left on the beautiful Lotz House, and explore the basement where terrified families sheltered in the Carter House. Step back in time with a tour of Franklin.
You’ll find Main Street and Second and Third Avenues lined with historic buildings and homes, antique and gift shops, art galleries, historic sites and several coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants. Indulge your taste buds at Puckett’s, McCreary's, Meridee’s Breadbasket, the Red Pony, Bunganut Pig and the landmark meat-and-three, Dotson’s. Gray’s on Main shows off its newly refurbished historic sign, traditional foods and live music. Shop at historic Factory at Franklin for local crafts and other treasures. Take in a show in the intimate venue of the restored Franklin Theatre.
Natchez Trace Parkway, a National Scenic Byway, provides a near-continuous greenway through Tennessee’s Southern Appalachian foothills. The parkway is a 444-mile drive through spectacular scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.
Peek behind the charm and history of Franklin with a guided walking or bike tour. The Haunted Franklin tour introduces you to Confederate soldiers and scandalous steel magnolias from the town’s past.