The Local’s Guide to Franklin

Local's Guide to Franklin

ABOUT FRANKLIN

Franklin, Tennessee, a town rooted in Americana, is located about 20 minutes south of Nashville in Williamson County. Known for its picturesque main street, historical attractions, antique shops, and lively music scene, Franklin is fondly known as “Small Town, USA” and was voted the number one small town in Tennessee.

Main Street in downtown Franklin thrives with southern hospitality, historic preservation, and modern sophistication. There, you can enjoy a craft cocktail at one of the many bars, indulge in local cuisine, snag an heirloom in the antique district, or attend one of the numerous free festivals throughout the year. Locals also enjoy movies, live concerts, live theater, and stand-up comedy performances at the historic Franklin Theater.
 Your Neighborhood Guide to Franklin Tennessee
Franklin is a part of the Williamson County School District, the 2nd best in the state, and has amazing public schools like Centennial High School and Franklin High School. The county also boasts top-ranked private schools such as Battle Ground Academy, Harpeth Academy, and the Franklin Classical School.
Shopping in Franklin is very popular and has some of the most unique places for shoppers to get nearly anything they need. Main Street is flooded with local boutiques, antique shops, and gift stores that you cannot find anywhere else. The Franklin Farmers Market brings a large base of loyal customers each week at The Factory which also offers shopping, restaurants, and entertainment daily.
Historic Downtown Franklin

There is a wide variety of dining options in Franklin that are sure to please, some even mentioned on the Food Network! The famous Puckett’s Grocery, Grays, 55 South, and Cork and Cow are some of the most popular places to dine. It’s common to pass one of these and hear live music flow out as the doors open for guests to come and go. Whether you’re craving pub or bar food, seafood, Cajun, Italian, or traditional southern cuisine, there’s something for every palate.

Just minutes from downtown Franklin is the Cool Springs area which features even further high-end dining and shopping opportunities.

You can find both historic and newly renovated homes that are conveniently located to downtown Franklin for ideal walkability and community.

For longer strolls and runs, bike rides, or even kayaking, parks and historic sites such as Harlinsdale Farm, Carnton Plantation, and Pinkerton Park are all just a short drive away. These venues play host to many other annual events, concerts, and even vintage baseball games, so be sure to become familiar with their event calendars. Dog parks like Freedom Run and K9 Korral are also great places to take your four-legged friends.

Franklin residents enjoy both small-town charm and big-city class that is not found anywhere else. This historic town is a place for creativity, learning, and is a community for all ages. From festivals, concerts, rich civil war history, and so much more, you will never have a dull moment in Franklin, TN.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS

55 South is a long-standing favorite with the locals. Smack in the middle of Historic Downtown Franklin, it continues to wow visitors with “down-home, southern comfort food.” Snack on oysters, chow on some gumbo, enjoy their renowned jambalaya, you really can’t go wrong! If you visit at brunch time, you simply must try their homemade House Donuts, they are to die for!

Don’t worry about dressing up, 55 South is casual! Loosen your belt buckles though, you’ll be stuffed when you leave!


Gray’s on Main is located in a historic, Victorian building in Downtown Franklin. The building was originally a pharmacy actually! Now, Gray’s serves up authentic southern food with local and regional ingredients. Known for its live music hall, craft cocktails, and comfort food, Gray’s is a fan favorite with locals. Their menu changes seasonally however, it is always a shared plate atmosphere to encourage a more family-centered meal.

When you visit, make sure to try out one of their vintage spirits! They have some truly unique cocktails reminiscent of the Golden Age that can’t be found elsewhere.


The Cork and Cow is a great, upscale dining option in the downtown area. Their attention to detail is proven by their near-perfect Yelp Reviews. Diners rave about their specialty drink menus, fresh and local food, and the relaxing ambiance. They are specifically known for their perfectly cook steaks so definitely give those a try!


THINGS TO DO

Franklin’s Antique District is at Second Avenue and South Margin Street. This area is known for having some of the best antiques in the state. From the Franklin Antique Mall to JJ Ashley’s you really can’t go wrong! Plan to spend some time wandering the shops and looking for great deals.


The Franklin Theatre, which first opened in the summer of 1937, is a true piece of Middle Tennessee history. The theatre closed briefly in 2007 but the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County knew that this institution was too valuable to lose. They renovated the building and created the masterpiece that stands today. You can enjoy movies, live music, and plays all in the building. Check their schedule to see what they have going on this week!


If you love history and horses, then Harlinsdale Farm is a great place to visit. W.W. Harlin established the farm in 1933 and it quickly became famous for its world champion horses. In fact, its prize stallion, Midnight Sun, was the first repeat World Grand Champion. Starting in the 1940s, the farm shifted its focus to breeding. In 2004, the farm was converted into a passive park for all visitors to enjoy and learn more about the walking horse industry.


One of the most interesting facts about Franklin is that it was the location of a pivotal battle in the Civil War. The Lotz House Museum displays facts, antiques, and history for visitors to enjoy. It’s been on the National Historic Register since 1976 and is a highly rated attraction by all locals. You can enjoy daily tours of the house. More details available on their website. 


Franklin is known for its many festivals and activities! Franklin is a very community-centered town so residents enjoy all kinds of events from the ever-growing Dickens Fest to Main Street Brewfest. Each festival is different but visitors always enjoy the local business who come out and large crowds. Make sure to look ahead at scheduled events!


The Franklin Farmers Market is known for its quality as well as it’s size! Over 70 local farms participate to bring fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, and herbs. Open year-round, the market is always accessible!


SCHOOL SYSTEM

Williamson County is ranked second in the state for their stellar school system. With 38,100 students and 44 schools, there are plenty of options within Williamson County.


  • Private Schools

There are numerous private education options for your students in the Franklin area. Some top-ranked options include Battle Ground Academy, an independent school, and Franklin Classical School, a Christian academy.


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