Old Tennessee Trail
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Old Tennessee Trail
Old Tennessee Trail

Take a scenic drive as rich in history as it is in fresh air, gently rolling hills, and down-home charm. Stop to explore small Tennessee towns to uncover the story of Middle Tennessee, from Native Americans to westbound settlers, Civil War soldiers and beyond.

Williamson County Visitor Center

Point of Interest

Stop in for maps and info on self-guided walking tours, including the Franklin Tour iPad App and Franklin on Foot guided tours with subjects like history, Civil War and ghost stories. You'll also find Old Tennessee Trail and The Jack Trail self-guided driving tour brochures.

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400 Main St.
Suite 130
37064 TN
United States

Harvey McLemore House

African American History

This house was built by a former slave, and today is a museum. It is one of the few freedmen's residences still standing in the area.

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446 11th Avenue North
Franklin, TN 37064

615-224-3140

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Boyd Mill Avenue Historic District

Point of Interest

This historic district features Colonial Revival, Folk Victorian, Bungalow and Cottage residences constructed in the early through mid-20th century.

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600 Boyd Mill Park
37064 TN
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Animalia

Spas & Wellness

This site encompasses several historic farms and cemeteries. If you are an animal lover, Animalia Gifts offers designer collars and fresh homemade treats.

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1973 New Highway 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064

615-595-7100

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Gentry Farm

Farms & Orchards

In the fall, stop to pick a pumpkin, explore a corn maze, and experience rural life. This land has been owned by the Gentry family since 1849, and its 400 acres remain a working farm with three Civil War-era homes (Private Residences). Open weekends, end of Sept.-Oct.

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1974 New Hwy. 96 West
Franklin, TN 37064

6157944368

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Leiper's Fork

Tours

Stop here and experience historic architecture and modern charm, where a fine art gallery is a neighbor to a grocery store that moonlights as a music venue.

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4151 Old HIllsboro Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064

615-591-8514

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David Arms Gallery

Arts & Entertainment

Visit this gallery to view the work of this nationally known artist and browse originals featuring his signature style.

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4136 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 628-8561

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Country Boy Restaurant

Restaurants

Serving daily since 1968, you can order breakfast any time, plus a variety of full-flavored country fare.

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4141 Old Hillsboro Rd,
Franklin, TN 37064

615.721.8109

Puckett's Grocery Leiper's Fork

Restaurants

Happily serving Leiper's Fork as a restaurant, grocery and meeting place since the 1950s, locals and celebrities alike take the stage and enjoy the famous burgers.

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4142 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 794-1308

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Lawnchair Theatre

Point of Interest

Located in the heart of downtown, locals gather here for family-oriented movies, music and community events.

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4144 Old Hillsboro Rd.
37064 TN
United States

Leiper's Creek Gallery

Arts & Entertainment

This is a great art destination that includes Leiper's Creek Gallery, The Copper Fox, and David Arms.

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4144 Old Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 599-5102

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Serenite Maison

Point of Interest

This unique shop specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century French and Italian chandeliers, cabinets, farm tables, iron-stone, European textiles, and exclusive jewelry. Closed Mon. & Tues.

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4149 Old Hillsboro Rd.
37064 TN
United States

Hillsboro United Methodist Church

Visitor Services

Built in 1911, the Hillsboro Methodist Church is a beautiful example of Gothic Revival-style architecture, and it looks the same way it did over 100 years ago.

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5313 Old Highway 96
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 595-0155

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Leiper's Fork Church of Christ

Point of Interest

Built in 1821, this is where David Lipscomb led a congregation to adopt positions as noncombatants during the Civil War. Their petition was rejected by Military Governor Andrew Johnson, who later became President of the U.S.

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4207 Old Hillsboro Rd.
37064 TN
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Benton's Well and Slave Cabin

Point of Interest

Travelers along the old Natchez Trace drank from Benton's Well and camped here, and an 1801 slave cabin still exists on the (now private) property. Nearby Green's Grocery is now a tucked-away music venue for local pickers and country stars alike.

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4345 Old Hillsboro Rd.
Private Property
37064 TN
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Leiper's Fork Market

Point of Interest

Stop in for a snack and a walk back in time as you view historic photos and stories of the area on the walls of this convenience store.

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4348 Old Hillsboro Road
37064 TN
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Garrison Road

Point of Interest

The road takes its name after the 1801 military post established here to enforce the 1785 Indian Treaty's Tennessee Valley Divide boundary, allotting the Cherokee space for hunting grounds stretching into Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina.

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5379 Old Hillsboro Rd.
37064 TN
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Nett's Country Store

Point of Interest

A slight turn onto Skelley Road brings you to this down-home country store and restaurant serving up delicious homemade pies, great cooking, and live music from time to time.

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4356 Skelley Rd.
38482 TN
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Bethel Springs Presbyterian Church and Cemetery

Point of Interest

This 1883 church was built as a Methodist-Episcopal house of worship. Through the years it has also served Methodist and nondenominational groups.

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4610 Main St.
38315 TN
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Bethel Community Center

Event Venue

This historic school is now home to live music and dancing on the third Saturday night of the month. Join the locals for an authentic experience.

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4357 Skelley Road
Santa Fe, TN 38482

(931) 682-3310

Quilting Frame

Shopping

This quaint shop demonstrates the importance of quilts in American history. Stop by and see the beautiful quilts and learn the history of quilting.

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5990 Leipers Creek Road
Santa Fe, TN 38482

(931) 682-3746

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Goshen United Methodist Church and Cemetery

History

The current frame church was built in 1882, but the congregation has been meeting here since the early 1800s. Check out the mounting or horse block out front.

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3523 Goshen Rd
Santa Fe, TN 38482

931.682.3545

Papa Boudreaux's Cajun Cafe

Point of Interest

Straight from New Orleans, "Papa" relocated to Tennessee and at the urging of friends who love his authentic recipes, opened a Cajun restaurant on his Santa Fe property. This colorful gem is going to surprise you!

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3419 Fly Road
38482 TN
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Fly Community and Store

Point of Interest

Enter into the unincorporated and primarily agricultural community of Fly, Tennessee, just outside of Santa Fe. Opened by members of the Fly family, original settlers in the area, Fly's General Store opened in 1906 and is still known by its original name. Neighboring Fly Nazarene Church also anchors the fly community.

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5661 Leipers Creek Rd.
38482 TN
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Water Valley Community

Point of Interest

This was one of Maury County's first settlements, and the earliest marked grave (Sarah Fly, 1808) in the county lies here. In 1824, Water Valley had 61 voters and paid taxes on 14 slaves. This is a classic country drive, with stunning colors in the fall.

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4849 Leipers Creek Rd.
38487 TN
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Water Valley Community Center

Point of Interest

At this corner, find the Water Valley Community Center where dances are still held every week.

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4849 Leipers Creek Rd.
38487 TN
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Hampshire Museum

Point of Interest

Learn the history of the area inside this former local bank building and be sure to inside the old vault. Open Thurs.-Sun.

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2389 Hwy 166N
38461 TN
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Zion Presbyterian Church

Point of Interest

The church was organized in 1807 by 11 descendant families of Scottish and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who originally immigrated to South Carolina around 1731. It was located in the center of the 5,120 acres purchased from General Nathanael Greene's land grant from the Revolutionary War. These pioneer settlers erected the first church on the site even before building their own homes. Zion Church has served as the religious and social center of the community continuously to the present time. The current building was built in 1849. Zion Presbyterian Church is a Greek Revival-style church with Tiffany stained glass windows. President Polk attended a school at this church.

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2322 Zion Rd
38401 TN
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Mount Pleasant

Explore Tennessee

Entering Mount Pleasant on Main Street, you’ll pass beautiful historic homes and enter into a quaint yet vibrant downtown district with shops and restaurants.

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Columbia

Explore Tennessee

Famous for its annual Mule Day, this charming town is the “Antebellum Homes Capital of Tennessee” with dozens of Civil War-era homes still standing.

Moonshine Hill

Bed & Breakfast

This premier event location in Leiper's Fork is ideal for romantic weekends, weddings, family gatherings, and holiday retreats.

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5456 Old Hwy. 96
Franklin, TN 37064

615-500-1234

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Natchez Hills Vineyard & Winery

Breweries, Distilleries, & Wineries

The Natchez Hills Winery in Hampshire was their first location, but you can find this wine at the Fontanel in Whites Creek or at the Nashville Farmers Market.

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109 Overhead Bridge Road
Hampshire, TN 38461

(931) 285-2500

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Rattle and Snap

Point of Interest

William Polk, original owner of the property, won 5,648 acres of land in a game of chance called "Rattle and Snap" and divided it between his four sons. George Polk built this mansion, named after the game and known as one of the best examples of Greek Revival residential architecture in the country. The home is open to the public for tours (advance reservations required, admission charged). The Carriage House on the property is available for overnight stays. It is one of two National Historic Landmarks in Maury County.

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1522 N. Main St.
38474 TN
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Keg Springs Winery

Breweries, Distilleries, & Wineries

It's time for a taste of Tennessee's wine country. Keg Springs is one of three wineries in Hampshire. Be sure to try the famous Muscadine wine here.

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361 Keg Springs Rd.
Hampshire, TN 38461

931-285-0589

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St. John's Church

Point of Interest

This 1842 church was built where the Polk sons' properties met. Leonidas, an Episcopal Priest, convinced the other brothers to build a church on the land. As the Confederates passed by on their way to the Battle of Franklin, General Patrick Cleburne remarked that it was "almost worth dying to be buried in such a beautiful spot." When General Cleburne was killed in the Battle of Franklin, his body was interred here temporarily, along with two other generals (Strahl and Granbury). The cemetery also serves as the traditional burial ground for Episcopal Bishops of Tennessee.

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6497 Trotwood Ave.
38401 TN
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The Pizza Place

Restaurants

Opened in 1992, the pizza here is second to none. They make their own dough for thin crust and deep dish pizza and bake their pizza in a brick oven.

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206 N main Street
Mount Pleasant, TN 38474

931-379-3725

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Athenaeum

Point of Interest

Constructed in 1835 as a private residence, in 1852 it became the rectory of The Athenaeum, one of the most highly regarded girls' schools in the South. Its 22-acre campus enrolled about 125 female boarding students at a time, until its closing in 1904. The architecture is a blend of styles, from Gothic and Greek Revival to Italianate and Moorish. Tours available.

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808 Athenaeum Street
P. 0. Box 942
38402 TN
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Magnolia House Bed & Breakfast - Franklin

Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy a pleasant walk to historic downtown Franklin from this beautifully restored B&B or sit a spell in the rocking chairs on the wraparound porch.

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1317 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN 37064

615-794-8178

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Merridee’s Breadbasket

Desserts & Bakeries

Merridee's is a nationally recognized bakery & restaurant in downtown Franklin offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, catering, baked goods & live music.

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110 4th Ave. S.
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 790-3755

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James K. Polk Home

Point of Interest

Aside from the White House, this is the only surviving home (excluding the White House) of James Knox Polk, 11th president of the U.S. This Federal-style structure was built by his father, Samuel, and James K. Polk lived here between 1818 and 1824, continuing to visit his mother here frequently until his own death in 1849. Tour this National Historic Landmark and two other structures on the property to see over 1,300 artifacts and mementos from Polk's life, including original furniture and White House china.

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301 West Seventh Street
P. 0. Box 741
38402 TN
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Puckett's Franklin

Restaurants

In this downtown Franklin establishment, enjoy the friendly country store atmosphere with a menu of Southern classics, full bar, and live music.

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120 4th Avenue S
Franklin, TN 37064

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Maury County Visitor Center

Point of Interest

Learn about Downtown Columbia and the surrounding area from the friendly staff at the Maury County Visitor Center.

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302 W. 7th St.
38402 TN
United States

Arrington Vineyards

Breweries, Distilleries, & Wineries

Arrington Vineyards produces wines that have brought many awards. Guests can taste the wines and bring a picnic basket to enjoy amid the pastoral scenery.

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6211 Patton Rd.
Arrington, TN 37014

615-395-0102

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Leiper's Fork Distillery

Breweries, Distilleries, & Wineries

Leiper's Fork Distillery is bringing back the history and heritage of small batch whiskey production by crafting premium spirits with a signature taste.

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3381 Southall Rd.
Leiper's Fork, TN 37064

(615) 465-6456

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Rippavilla Plantation

Civil War

This magnificent 1853 mansion was built by Nathaniel Frances Cheairs IV, a Civil War colonel in the Confederate Army and the man who carried the surrender flag at Fort Donelson in 1862. The property was purchased by the Saturn Corporation in the 1980s and donated to Maury County. The Tennessee Museum of Early Farm Life is located on the grounds in two salvaged barns. Open for tours.

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5700 Main St.
Spring Hill, TN 37174

931-486-9037

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Homestead Manor

History

Much of the fighting in the Battle of Thompson's Station took place on this property. The 1809 home sheltered many local women and children in its cellar as the battle took place. While watching the action from the cellar window, 17-year-old Alice Thompson saw the Confederate color bearer shot down and bolted from the house to lift up the flag. Her courage inspired the Confederate soldiers to rally and defeat the Union. The property has a conservation easement from The Land Trust for Tennessee and a foundation has been started for Thompson's Station Battlefield Park.

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4683 Columbia Pk.
Thompson's Station, TN 37179

615-790-2309

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Carnton Plantation and McGavock Confederate Cemetery

Point of Interest

This Antebellum mansion dates back to 1826, built by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. During the Civil War, it was the home of Colonel John and Carrie McGavock, featured in the best-selling novel "Widow of the South." Just a few hundred yards from the front lines of battle, the home served as a hospital during the Battle of Franklin, and its wood floors still show blood stains from the more than 300 soldiers brought in that day. Generals Cleburne, Granbury, Adams and Strahl's bodies laid on the back porch after the battle. The adjacent McGavock Confederate Cemetery contains 1,500 graves, the largest private Confederate cemetery in the U.S. Today, the plantation is restored, open for public tours, and is used for private and community events.

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1345 Carnton Lane
37064 TN
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Carter House

Point of Interest

This 1830 house and its buildings hold more than a thousand bullet holes, received during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. In fact, the farm office on the property is known to be the most bullet-damaged building still standing from the Civil War. Some of the bloodiest hand-to-hand combat took place right here, as the Carter family hid in the basement for safety. Today, the Carter House, its buildings and eight acres of its property are preserved and open to the public, including a fascinating museum, gift shop and guided tours.

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1140 Columbia Avenue
37064 TN
United States

Lotz House

Bed & Breakfast

You'll find beautifully designed fireplaces, well-preserved antique furnishings and decorative arts from the 1820s to the 1860s in this 1858 home, as well as cannonball scars from the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz family stayed safe across the street in the basement of the Carter home during the bloody battle, emerging to find bodies "so thick you couldn't take a step without walking on one of them." Pickets from the Lotz family's fence were used by the soldiers to build barricades and blood from both sides still stains the floors, as the house was used as a military hospital for several months following the battle. Battlefield Walking Tours are led here by Thomas Cartwright, a leading authority on the Battle of Franklin.

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1111 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN 37064

615-790-7190

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Downtown Franklin

Shopping

Back in downtown Franklin, the Old Tennessee Trail ends where it began. This town square holds dozens of unique shopping and dining experiences, but remains true to its Main Street identity, with brick sidewalks and beautifully restored buildings in the 16-block historic district. Today, it's an upscale suburb of Nashville, named to Southern Living's "Best Small Town" Top 10 list. Now that you have a sense of the area's rich history, take in the town square with a new perspective. Walk these streets and imagine the events, people and culture that have shaped it for hundreds of years.

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109 3rd Ave. South
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 591-8500

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Franklin Theatre

Arts & Entertainment

This state-of-the-art, renovated, 1937 Art Deco theatre offers world-class live music, movies and community events. When it opened, it was the only air-conditioned building in town; in its early days, it even served as a Vaudeville-style theatre. The marquee you see today is a faithful reproduction of the original and is especially striking at night.

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419 Main St.
Franklin, TN 37064

615-538-2076

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The Factory at Franklin

Shopping

Make plans to explore this unique 12-building dining, shopping and entertainment complex. You'll find it a welcome break from chain stores and malls, while still offering a variety of options; there's even a seasonal farmers market.

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230 Franklin Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064

615-791-1777

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H Clark Distillery

Breweries, Distilleries, & Wineries

Come tour, taste, and experience how H Clark Distillery is creating hand-crafted spirits one small batch at a time.

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1557 Thompson's Station Rd. W.
Thompson's Station, TN 37179

615-478-2191

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