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 love that this is a greatly diverse community with a large African American and Hispanic community around West Main St./Nachez (I'm addicted to Pueblo Real Mexican restaurant in that area...yum!!!). You won't find a lot of Franklin natives, though. I have lived here over a year and most people I have met are from other states. I have met many people from NY and California. I love the downtown area, with all of the historic homes. The Harlinsdale dog park is nice but you have to go at off times (not weekends) or you will be stuck in an overcrowded pen with too many dogs and gossipy effeminate men in skinny jeans with their "delicate dogs" , drinking their Starbucks and yelling at any dog that touches their dog. The weather in Franklin is really good most of the time and they have a lot of events downtown but I have to admit, after going to 3 or 4 of these events, they are the same vendors selling the same crafts and stuff at every event. The only difference is the theme. The schools are really good and it is a great town for families with children.
Reviewed by theresawat
on March 18, 2017
Wonderful town that is on the verge of being destroyed by developers and real estate interest groups. Within a another 10 years it will be no different than any other suburban sprawl blighted area, albeit with nice landscaping.
Reviewed by 123kids
on August 26, 2016
Pretty area, but the town itself just okay. It's much smaller than I expected and it's very crowded with poor road planning. The shops are expensive and some are cute, but not worth the hype. I would never plan a trip here, but might suggest stopping through if you are on your way to somewhere else. Two to three hours tops. I think it's fine if you are not expecting much, but based on some of the reviews you would think there was something more special about this town. The Nashville area in general is not that appealing to me. Not much to do unless you are a country music fan which is about all it has to offer. They need to invest in the zoo and bring in some interesting animals as well as a upscale science museum or something else to ground the city.
Reviewed by jenniferlll
on May 1, 2015
Quality of life with a sense of history and peaceful beauty that add true Southern charm. Active communities near by that make the agricultural life seem like a Norman Rockwell painting.
Reviewed by Friendly
on August 6, 2013
I would vote for the beautiful town of Franklin, Tennessee! It is a beautiful blend of upscale urban, culture and history, rich with hip places to shop and eat as well as historic attractions that tell the story of the Civil War's Battle of Franklin. Franklin is recognized nationally as a Great American Main Street for its historic downtown district with great antiques shops, trendy boutiques and “local flavor” restaurants. And the newly restored historic Franklin Theatre that lights up Main Street with its iconic marquee. One of many attractions to see is Leiper’s Fork Village, tucked away in the beautiful countryside where you’ll find friendly folks, local arts and antiques. And don’t miss Arrington Vineyards, co-owned by country music legend Kix Brooks. Experience award winning wines, spectacular views and breathtaking sunsets with live music and free wine tastings. Franklin's Civil War history is alive and well, held in the walls, the stories and the landscape of this vibrant town. Tireless efforts continue to preserve and interpret the Battle of Franklin and to educate all generations on this historic event. Attractions to see: Carter House, Carnton Plantation and Lotz House. The Carter House, built in 1830, witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864, commonly referred to as “The Gettysburg of the West”. The evidence of this battle remains with over 1,000 bullet holes on site, including the farm office, known as the most bullet-damaged building still standing from the entire Civil War. The Lotz House, considered 'ground zero' for the Battle of Franklin, was built by the Lotz family in 1858 and showcases some of the finest period antiques and other collectibles. Carnton Plantation was forever changed by the Battle of Franklin where nearly 10,000 American soldiers were killed, wounded or missing. In 1866, the McGavocks donated two acres near their home as a final resting place for 1,481 soldiers.
Reviewed by KellyeMurphy
on September 17, 2012
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