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, TN has the nicest downtown I've ever seen. It's a historic town with so many specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment options. The old theater has been revamped and is about to reopen. They have various festivals throughout the year - The Main Street Festival, The Jazz Festival, and Dickens of a Christmas to name a few. Anybody who has been to Franklin and has toured our town has fallen in love with the place.
Reviewed by kimharby
on September 17, 2012
I love everything about Franklin! Shopping with my family, eating at one of the many delicious establishments, and just experiencing the beauty and friendliness of the town and its' people. Franklin is my favorite town bar none!
Reviewed by j035m1th
on September 17, 2012
As they say--100 years and 15 miles from Nashville! Franklin, Tennessee is wonderful. Travel a little further to Leiper's Fork and you will find a real life "Mayberry"
Reviewed by Schweer1212
on September 17, 2012
I grew up in Franklin, and have never found a town I love more! It is the perfect size, with gorgeous old architecture and Southern charm. Anyone who visits will fall in love for sure!
Reviewed by jlbarrett418
on September 17, 2012
Franklin, TN is a great place because it combines both history and development in a pleasing manner that benefits the entire community.
Reviewed by thatdanryan
on September 17, 2012
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