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Franklin is a unique blend of history and progress. Since our beginning in 1799, we have grown from a tiny, agricultural community into a strong blend of residential, commercial and corporate citizens. There is much to see and do in Franklin, from a Civil War battlefield, to a host of museums and antebellum mansions, to our thriving downtown shopping area and the Cool Springs Galleria. Just a few miles from town is the Natchez Trace Parkway, and if you like antiques, Franklin has some of the best shops in TenneDowntown Franklinssee.

Downtown Franklin, comprised of a beautiful 15 block historic district, offers true Southern hospitality with a great American Mainstreet and 200 years of rich history. Visitors will find commemorative brick sidewalks, beautiful landscaping, lovely Victorian architecture, and stunning renovated historic buildings – all located in the heart of Franklin. Downtown Franklin offers elegant shopping, restaurants, antique shops, a variety of clothing stores, art galleries, professional services, and more.

For more information on visiting Franklin, Tennessee, please contact our Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (866) 253-9207 or

Franklin named one of America's dozen Distinctive Destinations

Distictive Destination WinnerThe National Trust for Historic Preservation has given Franklin the prestigious title of Distinctive Destination for offering an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture and a strong commitment to historic preservation. Read more... [PDF]

Franklin Demographics

Click here for the U.S. Census Bureau's fact sheet on the demographic profile of Franklin, TN.

Awards & Recognition 

  • 2012-Top Ten Cities for Historic Preservation-Franklin (4)-Preservation Network
  • 2012-#2 Most Business Friendly Cities-Beacon Center of TN
  • 2012-Best Places to Live-Franklin (52) CNN Money
  • 2010 Most Romantic Main Street-National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 Where the Jobs Are-Money Magazine
  • 2010 One of the Best Cities for Startups-Zoom Businessweek
  • 2010 Best Places to Live, 66th-Money Magazine (only City in TN to make list)
  • 2009 Distinctive Destination-National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2009 Top 50 City to Start a Small Business-Business Week Online
  • 2009 Best Neighborhood-American Planning Association
  • Money Magazine's Top 10 Places to Retire 
  • Clean Cities Award (TN Department of Transportation) 
  • Tree City USA 
  • Great American Main Street Award 
  • Preserve America Community 


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