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.
** 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.
A true county fair! Plenty of rides, traditional ones such as the Ferris wheel, and newer rides like a free-fall drop. There's also music and exhibits. The Williamson County Fair takes place annually during the summer months at the Williamson County agricultural center (known simply to us locals as the Ag Center). If you happen to be visiting sometime in August, the fair is good if you have nothing else to do or have never experienced a county fair. Otherwise, it's usually quite hot and empties your pocketbook before you can say "hog judging".
the current williamson county courthouse was built in 1858 and is one of only seven antebellum courthouses in the state of tennessee. the williamson county courthouse was designed by architect john w. miller. during the civil war it was occupied by union troops and after the battle of franklin it served as a field hospital. for those interested in history and architecture the williamson county courthouse is worth a look when in downtown franklin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Wonderful regional theatre in a historic building - formerly the boiler room of the Magic Chef oven works in Franklin, TN, this 120-seat theatre hosts wonderful musicals, comedies and dramas. Check out their website for the current lineup - we went last night to see "Rent", and I was blown away. Creative use of a small stage, great acoustics off the old brick and exposed beams. Tuesdays are 2-for-1 night, so it was a packed house - but regular ticket price is only $25!