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.

I have their visitor guide and want to go there!
Reviewed by tubbykubik
on September 17, 2012
It's a wonderful town !
Reviewed by titans1099
on September 17, 2012
Visited Franklin, TN recently and I had an amazing time, beautiful, welcoming, most wonderful experience while visiting.
Reviewed by jvicelis
on September 17, 2012
Franklin is much more than it's picturesque Main Street, although that is definitely part of what makes it the Most Beautiful. Other beautiful things to find in Franklin are several city parks with walking trails and good biking access, rolling hills, historic homes and architecture, Civil War sites, a recently renovated historic movie theater, free festivals almost every month of the year, great restaurants and friendly locals. Drive just out from town a bit and you'll also see the gently rolling farmland and visit local family farms that helped make this town what it is today. Franklin is a big city with access to excellent shopping, dining, sightseeing and more. The Historic downtown area and Main Street retain their small-town charm while the Cool Springs area of Franklin is the shopping mecca where you can find any and everything you could ever want or need. The people are very friendly and the weather, while capricious, is generally very lovely. The schools are consistently ranked highly.
Reviewed by meghanelise
on September 17, 2012
Franklin, Tn. has a great small town feel, however it has all the amenities of a big city.
Reviewed by qpriceisright
on September 17, 2012
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