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.

Small-town feel with all the services you'd need in a developed city. Downtown Franklin's main street gets closed for street festivals veteran's parades and concerts throughout the year and is lined with shops ranging from clothing boutiques and gifts to specialty shops and restaurants (where else can you walk from an ice cream shop to a cupcake shop to an Irish Pub to a family-owned lunch mecca to a highly rated bistro and end up at a Starbucks in a 5-minute walk) Cool Springs, Franklin's own shopping district is 10 minutes away and has every store and restaurant you could possibly need as well as the areas major mall. Downtown Nashville is about 30 minutes to the north. Just a few miles west is the beautiful antiques and horse farm district of Leiper's Fork and just past that is the scenic Natchez-Trace Parkway.
Reviewed by raisethebarn
on September 17, 2012
Beautiful and friendly little town.
Reviewed by donnaklj
on September 17, 2012
Franklin, TN is best small town in America! It has something for everyone...Its beautiful, romantic, and overall wonderful,
Reviewed by Christinel
on September 17, 2012
Franklin has it all — a blend of history and progress, small business and international headquarters and some of the friendliest people you will ever meet! Add to that a variety of restaurants, shopping and beautiful landscape and parks and you have the perfect combination for a place to call home!
Reviewed by mindytate
on September 17, 2012
Wonderful place that apprecaites it's past while moving into the future.
Reviewed by judysizemore
on September 17, 2012
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