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.
- From Sunrise to Sunset,...Historic Franklin is just charming everywhere you go!! It also has everything to offer your heart could desire. We purchased Historic Clouston Hall, circa 1821 and Hope to ad even more charm with opening of Gallery 202 behind its beautiful antique doors.
- on September 17, 2012
- Wonderful town!!! Lots of great shopping and restaurants.
- on August 22, 2012
- Beautiful and friendly
- on July 30, 2012
- I had the best time in Franklin! I am sucker for rolling hills and windy roads and there are plenty here! I was surprised by the amount of people out in the evenings downtown walking around, browsing through galleries and visiting with neighbors. Franklin has a real hometown feel. Don't miss a trip to Arrington Vineyards while you are here!
- on July 16, 2012
- Franklin is set in the rolling hills of Eastern TN. Its quaint downtown is full of locally-owned businesses. The community takes great pride in its history and preserving local landmarks. You can easily find plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. Puckett's Grocery and Saffire were two of our favorites. No stop in Franklin is complete without a drive on the Natchez Trace Parkway. If you are looking for antiques and art Franklin and the village of Leiper's Fork will have just what you are looking for! This is a place we will be visting again soon!
- on June 14, 2012