Neighborhood Feature: Downtown Franklin

Franklin has always held a special place in our hearts. It is the quintessential southern town that has nothing but positives to offer those who live in and visit the area. Franklin is located just south of Nashville and is a famous site in the American Civil War. In addition to numerous historic sites, fabulous restaurants, and sweet boutiques, it’s also the home of the music festival, Pilgrimage, held each year at the stellar Harlinsdale Farm. 

To show our love for Franklin, we’ve decided to share some of our favorites places that will allow you to experience the city. 

When thinking of Franklin, restaurants and must-try eats are at the top of the list. Everybody has to eat, right? Here are some of our favorites. Weekends are for brunch, and to get a great brunch, Gray’s on Main is the spot. Housed in a former pharmacy, Gray’s is located in the heart of downtown. With unique cocktails and delicious menu that includes southern favorites like fried green tomatoes, it will start the weekend off right. Other favorites include 55 South, Puckett’s Grocery (with sister locations in Columbia, TN and Downtown Nashville), and Red Pony, all conveniently located downtown as well. 

Downtown Franklin has more to offer, though, than restaurants. It has a wide variety of boutiques and local shops that make you feel at home. The Registry and Binks Outfitters are two favorites. Most of the shops are local, which means they feature local artists and products. Not only do you get to spend a relaxing Saturday walking and shopping, you can also truly support the community. 

Just south of downtown, you can find two famous, historic sites from the Civil War. The Carter House and Carnton Plantation are integral to the story of the Battle of Franklin. Tours of the grounds are offered every day, including extended battlefield tours at the Carter House. Step back in time and learn more about what life was like in the 1800s and for those living during the Civil War. 

To the north of Franklin, the famous Harlinsdale Farm, home to Pilgrimage Festival, can be found. But don’t be fooled, it’s more than an average farm. It’s a great place for a quick run or family-friendly walk. During the summer, you can catch a polo match with the Franklin Polo Team. While you’re there, take a quick drive across the street to The Factory. The Factory was once an actual factory constructed in 1929. Redeveloped in 1996, it is the home to restaurants, shops, and event space. The Factory was recently revitalized in 2012, and is truly a special place in the community. 

No day in Franklin is complete with something sweet. If you don’t do anything else, you must try Kilwin’s located in Downtown Franklin. It is amazing. From homemade fudge, caramelized apples, flavored popcorn, pralines, and ice cream, it is the very best way to end the day. 

If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good. – Dr. Suess. 

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