A Franklin landmark since 1937, this beautiful theatre had closed it doors in 2007, due to the competition of megaplex theatres opening up in the nearby areas. Saved from demolition by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, a non-profit group. After an $8 million restoration and three years of work, the newly refurbished theatre had it's grand re-opening on June 3, 2012 with much fanfare and ado. Area locals wax poetic about the regal old dame - my mother in law tells me she had her first kiss here!
Since the reopening, the Franklin Theatre has screened current and classic movies (for only $5!), hosted a variety of concerts, and housed several stage productions. I finally got to see the new interior when my husband, MIL, and I went to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. I loved the intimate venue - the frontmost seats are cabaret style, behind which are the traditional theatre seats, and a balcony. We sat in the front row of the balcony and it was wonderful - with ample legroom (or dance space, as the occassion allows!). Since then, we have seen the Desert Rose Band and Suzy Bogguss in concert, and several movies - I love this theatre!
** Update December 2009 - unfortunately, this location has closed. If you are interested in this type of venture, check out Sips and Strokes (https://www.sipsnstrokes.com/home.aspx) or Paint Along Nashville (https://www.rezclick.com/paintalong/index.php?page=calendar) **
I loved the "Corks-n-Canvas" concept in New Orleans so much, I was really hoping to find something similar here in Nashville. Oh Happy Day - I found one! The Paint Blush is a new venture along the same lines - you bring a beverage of your choice, show up, and get taught - step by step - to create a work of art. The instructor was so sweet, and the class was very light and fun. She had a wonderful way of letting you know YOU CAN'T MESS THIS UP! Seriously - if your tree is fatter/thinner/fuller/sparcer or if you have more/fewer orbs - IT DOESN'T MATTER. At the end of the night, we all had a variation on the theme, and they all looked good. You'll leave the class with a completed artwork, and the feeling "I can't believe I did this!". So much fun - great for a "Girl's Nite Out", and they have some geared toward younger kids, so a family night out would be good too. Prices depend on the complexity of the subject, but generally run $25-35, and each class is 2 hours.
OK, I must have been an artist in a previous life... Granted, in THIS life, I have no talent for it, but I sure do have the affinity! This is a different kind of painting - you select the clay piece you want to paint (plates, cups, teapots, banks, statues, pet bowls, ornaments, trinket boxes...), then help yourself to the paint colors you want, then go to town! When you are done painting, you leave the piece there to be glazed and fired - you can pick it up one week later.
There is a $6/person studio fee, which covers the paints and the firing, after which each piece is priced separately (I got a platter for $24, they had adorable gnome statues for $20, coffee mugs for $12-18). Pieces run from $6 - $60 dollars, depending on what you choose.
This would be so fun for a "Girls Nite Out", bridal shower, or a kids birthday party. I can't wait to pick up my platter next week - I'll post a photo then!
Yet another site of the Battle of Franklin. Winstead Hill was held by Federal Troops during the Battle of Franklin and served as a vantage point for the battle below. Now it offers a shady trail up the hill to view monuments, a 3-D map of the battle, and a beautiful view of Franklin below. There is also a longer walking trail going in a circle around the recently expanded park. Parking is free, and there is no charge for admission.
the bucket of blood neighborhood was one of four african american neighborhoods that were developed after the civil war in franklin. former slave rev. william perkins was the first freedman to build a house in the neighborhood. this neighborhood gets it's name from a story about a man that was knifed and bled "a bucket of blood". from the 1870's to the 1960's many residents of the bucket of blood neighborhood worked at the lilly flour mill. the lilly flour mill closed in the 1960's which had a negative economic impact on the area. today downtown development has advanced north into the area and little remains of it's african american roots.
the franklin visitor center is located in the historic mc phail building on main street just south of courthouse circle. at the visitor center you can get directions and maps of the historic attractions of franklin and williamson county.
the current methodist church was built in 1871. the previous church on this site was used as a union field hospital during the battle of franklin. the methodist church is one of several historic churches in downtown franklin.
this beautiful second empire brick home was built in 1881. the watson house is one of a number of post civil war homes located in downtown franklin. the downtown franklin historic district is listed on the national register of historic places.
the courtney-bradford house was built in 1840. the courtey-bradford house is one of numerous antebellum homes located in downtown franklin. for those interested in southern culture and architure downtown franklin should not be missed when in south central tennessee. at the franklin visitor center you can get information on historic walking tours of downtown franklin. the downtown franklin historic district is listed on the national register of historic places.
fort granger was an earthen fort located northeast of downtown franklin. fort granger was union general john scholfield's headquarters. during the battle of franklin artillery from this location pounded the confederate advance over a mile away. later in the battle scholfield abandoned the fort and withdrew to nashville. today fort granger is a public park and the fort is well preserved.
located on the grounds of carnton plantation is a cemetery for many of the confederate soldiers killed in the battle of franklin. john mc gavock donated the land for the cemetery in 1866. the cemetery is open to the public and does not require an admission fee to the plantation.
carnton plantation was built by randal mc gavock in 1826. mc gavock was a former nashville mayor and was well known in political circles in the state of tennessee. andrew jackson was a frequent visitor to carnton plantation. randal's son john mc gavock inherited the plantation and was in residence there during the battle of franklin. during the battle of franklin the carnton plantation served as a confederate field hospital. today there are still blood stains in the house from injured confederate soldiers. after the battle of franklin the bodies of confederate generals patrick cleburne, john adams, hiram granbury, and otho strahl where taken to carnton. in 1866 john mc gavock donated part of his land for a confederate cemetery. the carnton plantation is a very interersting place to visit for those interested in architecture and civil war history. carnton plantation is listed on the national register of historic places. for admission and times see the attached web site.
the historic lotz house and civil war museum was built by german immigrant johann lotz in 1855. the lotz house was located in the heart of the battle of franklin in 1864. during the battle a cannon ball went through the roof of the house and damaged it's interior. this beautiful antebellum home is now a civil war museum and is open to the public. for those interested in architecture and civil war history the lotz house is well worth a visit when in franklin.
the carter house ws built by fountain branch carter in 1830. during the battle of franklin the carter house was the headquarters of union general jacob cox. the carter house was located in the heart of the battle of franklin in 1864. this beautiful antebellum home and gardens is open to the public by tour. for admission and prices see the attached web site. for those interested in architecture and civil war history the carter house is a worth while place to visit when in franklin. the carter house is listed on the national register of historic places.
courthouse circle is located in the heart of downtown franklin. from courthouse circle most of the better shops, restaurants, and bars are within walking distance from this point. for those interested in dinning, shopping, and architecture the courthouse circle area should not be missed on a visit to franklin.