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 love Franklin, even though I live in Nashville. It is a quiet serene small town that looks like a turn of the century history book come to life. It is steeped in history and a wonderful place to visit for a day or a week! The town and it's people are lovely,a nd there is great food, too, which always helps!
- on May 15, 2012
- I just love that town
- on May 10, 2012
- I have lived here all my almost 50 years. I would not live anywhere else as Franklin has the hills, the rivers, and everyone you meet on the street will smile at you whether they know you or not.
- on May 8, 2012
- We just moved here from Florida in June and Franklin is home. The people are awesome, its growing and I am part of the williamson county art council and enjoy the arts in downtown Franklin. This is home for me and my family. The schools are blue ribbon and and grateful to be here for good.
- on May 8, 2012
- Amazing place for friendly, smiling people! I have been blessed to live here nearly all my life & thankful to have grown up here & raise our own family!! Beautiful, friendly with great food & activities!!
- on May 3, 2012