Welcome to Franklin
Charming historic city with America’s Favorite Main Street
Franklin is a charming historic city located just 14 miles south of Nashville. Downtown Franklin is branded as America’s Favorite Main Street. Lined with quaint Victorian shopfronts, this gorgeous commercial stretch features a mix of original 19th-century businesses, antique stores, treasure trove home décor shops, specialty retailers, and excellent restaurants. This is an inviting city with much to offer, from walking tours through historic districts to live music performances.
Founded in 1799, the real estate mix in Franklin includes many historic properties. From pre-Civil War antebellum estates to grand contemporary custom-builds, Franklin’s housing options are as diverse as the city’s attractions.
What to Love
• America’s Favorite Main Street
• Major company offices and headquarters
• Historic estates
• Excellent public schools
People & Lifestyle
Franklin is one of the fastest-growing cities in Tennessee, with a thriving modern economy and enchanting historic charm. Franklin’s Cool Springs business district has offices from many major companies. Some of its biggest employers include Swiss financial giant UBS, the North American headquarters of Japanese automobile company Nissan, and the global headquarters of Carl’s Jr. parent company CKE Restaurants. Franklin is a popular tourism destination with many attractions and amenities. The city also boasts numerous exceptional public schools through the highly-rated Williamson County school district.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
America’s Favorite Main Street is a bustling historic district with beautiful architecture and excellent shopping and dining. is an upscale restaurant and chic cocktail bar in a three-level building that first served as a pharmacy in the 1800s. The first-floor restaurant serves elevated Southern comfort classics in a stylish space decorated with vintage mirrors and furnishing. The upstairs bar has a stage for live music and a fantastic selection of craft cocktails. Retailers along Main Street include trendy fashion boutiques such as . 10% of all sales from Philanthropy’s curated womenswear selection are donated to charitable causes.
Main Street is also teeming with specialty stores such as . This book lover’s paradise is located in one of Franklin’s oldest buildings and has more than 35,000 books, including many rare volumes and over 2,000 signed first editions. Landmark hosts a variety of book signings and other special in-store events. combines craft beer with gourmet gastropub fare such as prime rib, mouthwatering burgers, battered cod, and raw oysters. Many more restaurants and retailers can be found on the streets running off Main Street. on 4th Avenue has been a Franklin favorite since the 1950s. Their menu of hearty Southern comfort classics includes delicious barbecue platters and specialties, like the Piggy Mac with gouda mac ‘n’ cheese-topped pork.
Things to Do
is Franklin’s most-visited historic property. This federal-style red brick residence was built using slave labor in 1826 with a Greek Revival porch added in 1847. This historic home and the sprawling farmland surrounding it served as a field hospital following the ferocious Civil War Battle of Franklin. The Battle of Franklin Trust maintains the property and the interior house as a museum. There are daily guided tours of the house and the Franklin battlefield. Other popular walking tours organized by focus on many different aspects of the city’s rich and often surprising history. America’s Favorite Main Street hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year. These include monthly , in October, in December, and the signature in July. The Franklin Theatre on Main Street first opened as a movie house in 1937. This Art Deco movie house still has daily movie screenings along with theatrical performances and music concerts from top acts such as Sherly Crow, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Art Garfunkel, and David Wilcox.
Franklin belongs to the excellent and high-scoring Williams County School District.
• Clovercroft Elementary School, Public, K-5
• Trinity Elementary, Public, PK-5
• Grassland Middle School, Public, 6-8
• Fred J Page Middle School, Public, 6-8
• Franklin High School, Public (Magnet), 8-12