Welcome to Franklin
Franklin is a charming historic city located a short distance south of Nashville on Interstate 65.
Surrounded by gorgeous pastoral scenery, Franklin is a city steeped in culture, history, and Southern charm. The pretty Victorian shopfronts of Downtown’s Main Street feature an eclectic mix of antique shops, art galleries, locally-run specialty stores, and outstanding restaurants. Franklin also offers vineyards, whiskey and bourbon distilleries, craft beer breweries, cheese-producing dairy farms, and historic homes and estates.
Franklin has several historic districts with luxury homes tracing the community’s development from the 18th century onward. Properties range from lavish pre-Civil War estates to grand contemporary custom-built mansions.
What to Love
- Unique pastoral small-town ambiance
- Festivals and events
- Charming historical downtown
- Outstanding schools
People & Lifestyle
Although Franklin is within easy reach of Downtown Nashville, it has a vibe all of its own. Its sprawling historic downtown has more than 70 stores and restaurants. Recent decades have seen Franklin’s economy grow in step with that of nearby Nashville. Its population has increased rapidly since the 1980s, and local employment opportunities include many large healthcare businesses and other major companies. As well, local public schools are ranked among the best in Tennessee.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Franklin’s National Register Historic District covers 16 blocks with all manner of unique local businesses housed within beautifully-preserved Victorian buildings. perfectly encapsulates Main Street’s combination of classic and contemporary appeal. This converted three-story 1870s pharmacy has a first-floor restaurant serving delectable Southern-style dishes prepared with the freshest local ingredients. On the second floor, enjoy exquisite craft cocktails and live music performances each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. The third floor houses an exclusive dining space for society supper club members and offers Main Street’s best elevated views. Downtown’s numerous award-winning antique and gift stores include . Here, you’ll find a curated collection of vintage and new home furnishings and fashion items. Singer-songwriter Holly Williams’ offers a treasure trove of home décor items, handcrafted bags and apparel, artworks, and apothecary products. Main Street has no shortage of inviting options for dinner and drinks. Head to for tasty pub grub, live music, and happy hour specials on beer, wine, and cocktails. The 1937 Art Deco-style has been called the crown jewel of Main Street. This classic movie palace screens some of the latest releases and serves as the community’s premier concert venue. is another historic downtown landmark that has been given a new lease on life for the 21st century. The 11 buildings comprising this 1920s industrial complex house an array of boutique shops, artisanal eateries, art studios, and performance spaces. The Factory hosts a year-round every Saturday.
Things to Do
Franklin is a lively community with many events throughout the year. is a monthly highlight with free trolley rides between Downtown’s many participating art studios. On the first Saturday in November, features food from 35 regional restaurants, live music on the square, and the chance to sample over 150 varieties of wine. Wine connoisseurs can also taste award-winning wines in the picturesque setting of . Other celebrations centered on Main Street include April’s weekend-long , the Fourth of July weekend , September’s , October’s , and December’s . Franklin’s many historic sites include the 200-acre . This sprawling public park has 14 1930s Colonial Revival-style farm buildings, a four-acre dog park, a 5K soft track for walking and running, and a three-acre fishing pond. Many equestrian events are held at Harlinsdale Farm, including polo tournaments and horse shows. Harlinsdale Farm’s largest annual event is the two-day in September. Since the festival’s inauguration in 2015, performers have included stars such as Willie Nelson, Beck, Wilco, Weezer, Hall and Oates, Ryan Adams, Jack White, and Justin Timberlake.
Franklin is zoned in the Williamson County school district.
- Clovercroft Elementary, Public, K-5, ranked 3rd best elementary in Tennessee
- Ravenwood High School, Public, 9-12, ranked 3rd best high school in Tennessee
- Fred J Page High School, Public, 9-12
- Battle Ground Academy, Private, Nonsectarian, K-12
- Brentwood Academy, Private, Christian College Preparatory, 6-12