""100 years and a few short miles from Nashville"" Top 5 Page for this destination Franklin by TravellerMel

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Historic Times

Franklin is a charming, historic, and sophisticated destination located just “100 years and a few short miles from Nashville.” It attracts visitors from across the nation with its unique blend of small-town charm, big-city amenities, and significant Civil War historic sites. Most recently, Franklin’s visibility has increased worldwide through the publication of the New York Times Bestseller, Widow of the South, which is based on Carrie McGavock, mistress of the Carnton Plantation, which was instrumental as a Confederate field hospital during the Civil War’s epic Battle of Franklin.

Modern Times

Today, Franklin is also a major shopping mecca (the expansive Cool Springs Galleria), and site of several festivals throughout the year.

Franklin, TN was listed as a recommended place to visit in the bestselling book "1000 Places in the U.S and Canada to See Before You Die" as "Franklin, Civil War History in a Preserved Corner of the South". Copies of the travel book are available through your local bookseller.

For more information on Historic Franklin and Williamson County, call the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau at (866) 253-9207.


I moved to Franklin in 2011 after I married a Franklin-born and -bred man. I love living here - the folks are friendly, and everything you could want is within just a few miles.

  • Last visit to Franklin: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Feb 16, 2014
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    I always think it’s great when local citizens’ groups save old theatres from destruction and refurbish them so they can be put to good use once again. In the case of the Franklin Theatre, I was amazed that you saw the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band there. I remember seeing them in California in the 1960s – they must be nearly as old as I am!

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    good tips and pics Mel...maybe you are a painter !!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2009 at 5:09 PM

    interesting info. would love to go there myself.

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