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.

Tennessee has something other places don't have. I don't know what it is, but nowhere else in the world can make you feel the way Tennessee does. I've converted many friends and family who thought they loved their hometowns into seeing what I see. Somewhere indescribably beautiful and full of good hearted people. Franklin is a shining example of the beauty of a city. It's old fashioned charms melded with the things of today go hand in hand and show how the elegance of the past can mix so sweetly with the hustle and bustle of the new millennium.
Reviewed by mrsbessey411
on September 17, 2012
I love this town! It is small but close to a big city. I love all of the historic homes and sites and all the history that Franklin represents
Reviewed by JennaSmith
on September 17, 2012
Franklin is both progressive yet cherishes it's historic past. It's Main Street was voted most romantic and the people in Franklin are the friendliest. It truly is the MOST beautiful, that and so much more!
Reviewed by millysue
on September 17, 2012
Tennessee if full of beautiful towns!
Reviewed by lux4227
on September 17, 2012
Very family friendly town and friendly to visitors or those who have relocated. Once here, you never want to leave!
Reviewed by ebfuller
on September 17, 2012
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