Welcome to Franklin
Thriving city with historic architecture and great shopping
Franklin is a fast-growing city in Williamson County featuring a charming historic Main Street lined with beautiful Victorian storefronts. The city has five historic districts with beautifully-preserved architecture. Landmarks include three antebellum plantation houses and Civil War battlegrounds. Franklin is teeming with things to do and see: Main Street is packed with unique local businesses, great restaurants, and live music venues while CoolSprings Galleria offers a large selection of retailers and eateries. Housing options within this attractive city include elegant 19th-century estates and magnificent contemporary custom-builds exemplifying the finest in modern design.
What to Love
- Charming historic Main Street
- Elegant 19th-century estates
- CoolSprings Galleria shopping
- Magnificent contemporary homes
People & Lifestyle
Franklin is the county seat of Williamson County and the seventh-largest city in Tennessee. This affluent city boasts the state’s highest average household income and has a thriving local economy with many corporate offices. Companies based in the city include Nissan’s North American headquarters and CKE Restaurants. Franklin’s historic charm and many attractions also make it a popular tourist destination.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Franklin has a wonderful historic downtown district that covers 16 blocks and contains dozens of restaurants and retailers. The attractive historic buildings of Downtown Franklin feature refined dining hotspots such as . This sophisticated Southern restaurant is housed within a three-story building that originally opened as a pharmacy in 1876. The first floor of Grays serves modern interpretations of Southern comfort classics alongside a curated cocktail menu inspired by the drinking culture of the 19th century. The top floor is a live music venue with jazz, country, and soul performances several nights a week. is another Downtown Franklin landmark with regular live music and delicious Southern cooking. pairs a great craft beer selection with elevated pub grub, including raw oysters, gourmet burgers, and prime rib. Other Downtown Franklin highlights include upscale steakhouse , laid-back Southern-style breakfast and lunch spot , and hip coffee shops such as and . Located along I-65 near Franklin’s northwestern boundary with Brentwood, is a major regional shopping mall featuring more than 165 retailers and restaurants. Anchored by Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney, and Macy’s department stores, other retailers here include fashion brands such as Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Francesca’s, Forever 21, H&M, J. Jill, and Victoria’s Secret.
Things to Do
Franklin is steeped in heritage with lots of well-preserved historic architecture and a major Civil War battlefield. The ferocious Battle of Franklin took place in 1864 on the grounds of . Guided tours are available of the 1820s Federal-style Carnton House and the adjacent battlefield. opened as a movie theater in the 1930s. This historic Art Deco theater still offers regular film screenings as well as live music performances. is a major annual event featuring six stages of live music and a Makers Village showcasing talented local craft makers. Past performers include Foo Fighters, The Killers, Jack White, Justin Timberlake, Hall and Oates, Beck, and Willie Nelson. Other Franklin events include the monthly , which brings arts vendors and live entertainment to the streets of Downtown Franklin. takes place in July with arts and crafts stalls, food vendors, and live music. Other annual highlights include in October and in mid-December.
Franklin is served by the Williamson County School District.
- Trinity Elementary School, Public, PK-5
- Clovercroft Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Grassland Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Page Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Franklin High School, Public, Magnet, 8-12