Franklin, Tennessee

Take a Day Trip from Nashville, Tennessee to a quaint town with a rich history.

By Hope S. Philbrick

Franklin, Tennessee is a place where you very well may overhear someone proclaim “I just love Franklin!” while strolling down sidewalk—and odds are that you’ll automatically sigh in contented agreement.

Located 20 miles south of Nashville, the quaint 15-block downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has racked up accolades like “Great American Main Street,” “Most Romantic Main Street” and “Terrific Walkable Town,” to name just a few.

Surrounded by residential neighborhoods and dominated by Victorian architecture, the central town square is host to an eclectic mix of 70 boutique and antique shops, a dozen dining options and the newly restored Franklin Theatre.

There’s plenty to do for a thoroughly modern experience. But home to a pivotal battle, several attractions help humanize the Civil War experience.

Carter_House_Back_Cabin-wccvbLotz House

The Carter House, built in 1830, and neighboring Lotz House, built in 1858, became the epicenter of the bloody Battle of Franklin. Tours showcase the homes’ architectural details and period antiques plus share stories of the families who lived there and hid in terror while gun and canon shots filled the air.

Carton Plantation

Carnton Plantation, home of the New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South, served as a makeshift Civil War field hospital. Daily tours showcase the restored mansion, ornamental gardens and the nation’s largest privately-owned Confederate cemetery.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a Civil War buff, these sites are worth a visit. Skilled tour guides at each home prove that history can be interesting.

For more information contact the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 615-791-7554.

-Photo Credits: Franklin Main Street © Tennessee Department of Tourist Development; houses courtesy Williamson County CVB.

Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion.

HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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