Franklin, Tennessee


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Franklin is a small, friendly town outside of Nashville full of Civil War history. The town, aptly named after the legendary Benjamin Franklin, was founded in 1799. Downtown, a statue named Chip representing the Confederate soldiers lost during the Battle of Franklin, is where the tight-knit community convenes.

The Main Street flows through small boutiques and eateries, a setting which provides a quaint, slow-paced feel. In addition to the historic town square and homes are Bowie Park and Nature Center, Iris City Gardens, the Natchez Trace Parkway, Cool Springs, Fort Granger, and Franklin Theatre. Downtown is also well known for its annual parades and festivals, notably the Main Street Festival in the springtime.

Franklin has a population of about 62,000 residents. The Cool Springs area boasts impressive dining, business (many Fortune 500 companies included), and shopping establishments. Franklin has been named “the number one small town in Tennessee.”

Franklin’s known for The Factory, a complex of 10 Depression-era buildings that once accommodated four factories and now house antique and art shops, event venues, and restaurants. The McNavigators raved about the food at Saffire and Puckett’s Grocery, where they vowed to make the nine-hour trek to return for more.

Franklin's beauty is multi-faceted -- picturesque; warm and welcoming; charming; progressively historical; economically sound; wonderful area to raise a family, work and live.
Reviewed by henryd
on September 17, 2012
Great town and wonderful folks. Beautiful architecture and a very strong appreciation of preserving the town's beauty. Here is a unique panorama of a block on Main Street: and it can be put down as a very patriotic town, too. These pictures are from the Franklin Veterans Day Parade last year. (Hint-Click SlideShow and Fast viewing)
Reviewed by Woodman
on September 17, 2012
Franklin is the best of both worlds! Small town charm, beautiful architecture, careful planning to maintain it's historic past, with big city entertainment, ipad apps to make touring it easy and interactive, great dining and shops. It's a great place to call home!
Reviewed by lauranheckman
on September 17, 2012
Franklin, Tennessee is the most beautiful, charming and friendly city. Between the many shops, restaurants and the Franklin Theatre, there is always something to do on our historic Main Street.
Reviewed by LindsayGeorge
on September 17, 2012
Franklin has wonderful character. It is just not a small town, it has the history from the Civil War. This is where the Battle of Franklin was faught. The bloodiest battle of that war. It has Southern charm and everyone knows your name. It has small specialty boutiques, fabulous restaurant, and our old Franklin Theatre which has just been restored. Come visit and stay awhile. It is America's best kept secret. Visitors come back year after year because Franklin, TN is small town America. Come see for yourself.
Reviewed by chefmary
on September 17, 2012
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