one of the nicest towns in central tennessee
Cost of housing too high to actually live here!
Beautiful, peaceful, tranquil, eventful, ten gallon hatful
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...more
** 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...more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
Our friends have stayed here while visiting & it is clean & sufficient for a budget staymore
This is a beautiful venue that we used for a wedding reception. Staff were very helpful and great to...more
2009 Meridian Blvd., Franklin, Tennessee, 37067, United States
Good for: Solo
Came here for lunch on a Saturday - it was busy, but not crowded. I loved the ambiance - it felt like the restaurants close to the fishing camps in Louisiana. This restaurant is devoted to seafood - fried, grilled, blackened - you name it! Prices are reasonable, and the portions are nice. The wait staff was a little slow, but very friendly. We were...more
Definitely more "high end" than my husband and I usually patronize - we came here for our family Christmas dinner. The restaurant is lovely - small, very dark, and woody, and cozy feeling. This would be ideal for a "date night". We had a lovely time - the waitress was great, offering suggestions of appetizers and wines, and the service was casual -...more
The newest coffee house in Franklin will likely give Starbuck's a run for it's money! We came here before a concert at the Franklin Theatre and the place was packed. We placed our order at the counter and garnered a sweet table on the patio. The food arrived quickly and was delicious. I loved sitting out on the patio and can imagine sitting at the...more
Came here with my husband for lunch. He had the fried catfish po-boy and I had the chicken tender po-boy. French fries tasted fresh, not frozen, and are the thick cut type. He really enjoyed his po-boy, but I did not care for the sauce they used on the sandwiches. Unlimited drink refills. Cute, casual atmosphere - very kid friendly. For the...more
Loved the ambiance - cajun music playing in the background, fun casual setting. We ate on the back patio which was very nice. And they offer Abita Amber beer!! We started with 1/2 dozen chargrilled oysters - yummy!! I had the Atchafalaya Pirogue - Fried eggplant stuffed with grilled tilapia and topped with a crab cream sauce which was delicious,...more
Located in a historic building on Franklin's Main Street, this is a new restaurant to the area (opened in April 2011). Very small inside (9 long picnic-style tables) and seating is "family style". Menu is posted on the chalkboard. The prices are a little intimidating, but they note "large portions" and are not kidding - I ate on my crawfish...more
This is an increadible thing the city does every year. Since Franklin was host for the civil war city of Battle at Pinkerton, there are ghosts to be seen, also in the old Plantation Mansions. Good way to get your family looking over their shoulder! Ghosts and Gore tour of downtown Franklin and will be leading the Carnton tours, dressed in their...more
this is an irish pub that is open from 11-11 on weekdays and saturdays. on friday and saturday nights from 9-11, they have irish music (no cover charge).the food is great, esp the fish and chips, which has very LARGE pieces. they also have an excellent selection of beers, which come in a BIG glass.the pub is small, so getting there early to listen...more
A charming new addition to Franklin by the Franklin Transit Authority are numerous trolleys to carry people about the town. You can either hop on and off at your convenience, or renting an entire trolley if your group is large enough. This is the perfect way to get that old-timey feel that pervades throughout all of historic Franklin. Main Building...more
if you have car/whatever problems, try KIRBY'S, which is a local gas station (citgo, currently) that also does repair work. these guys are friendly, honest, efficient, and reasonable in price. as far as i can tell, they can do practically anything. the owner's name is mitch kirby.they also have a tow truck.i don't know if they work on motorcycles,...more
if you are coming from north of franklin and going to the parts of the COOL SPRINGS shopping area on the WEST side of I-65, you should avoid the exits for "cool springs blvd" and "moore's lane" even though they take you there relatively directly. there are always HUGE traffic jams around those exits, and it takes forever to get where you want.from...more
AWESOME independent thrift store, a program of The GEAR Foundation which provides jobs for disabled young adults. Good quality items at very reasonable prices. Colored tags go on sale at 50% off - and when I was there today, they were having a $1 sale on yellow tags!UPDATE 6/6/11: Our Thrift Store has expanded to include furniture! Beautiful...more
The Factory at Franklin is actually a complex with several artsy shops within. This is a true jewel, and a lovely shopping (as well as eating!) experience. Two of my great-great grandfathers and my grandpa worked in this factory when it was still a factory. The shops inside include handmade jewelry shops, clothing shops, toy shops, antique shops,...more
this very nice shop carries all sorts of casual women's clothes in lots of different colors. it also has a great selection of sandals and casual shoes.one especially good thing is that they carry up to sizes 16 and XL in most clothes, and up to size 18 in some.they have some adorable clothes for little girls.you need to be patient when it is time...more
The annual Franklin Rodeo is a PRCA ProRodeo Event produced by the Franklin Noon Rotary Club, and is held the third weekend in May.
Nightly Pro Rodeo events include: Bareback riding; Steer Wrestling; Team Roping; Saddle Bronc Riding; Calf Roping; Barrel Racing; Bull Riding.
Kids events are: Mutton Busting & Calf Scramble.
I'm not a big fan of most of the events, especially the ones where the calves are lassoed and tied up, or jumped on and wrestled to the ground. I think the bronco busting and bull riding events are exciting. My husband LOVES this rodeo and has gone nearly every year of his life, so I guess I'll be going from now on!
Admission is $15/adult, and tickets are available online, at some local businesses, and at the door.
Everyone wants to go to the factory while in town, but just pay attention to your streets. Liberty Pike will tak you straight to the factory from cool springs, so DON"T venture. Franklin's 2nd main trouble spot is there. Don't worry too much though, it's not like the badside of memphis or anything!!
we are a moderate climate, cold in winter, hot in summer, dress accordingly
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sinus medication - nashville area is in a 'bowl' a valley among hills & mountains, so the pollen & whatever else may knock you over!
Photo Equipment: Beautiful scenary! A must to bring a camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping sites are all along Nashville, so anything to go along with your adventure
If you've never been to a rodeo before, then this is a true sight to see! I highly recommend the rodeo, if you can stand the smell of horses. There's plenty of souvenir cowboy hats, boots, and ropes that your kids will like, and the rodeo clowns are pretty entertaining. The bull riding will really get you on the edge of your seat! This is a really...more
Located near the heart of Downtown Franklin, the Williamson County Archives are newly located in the old library. For visitors to Franklin, this is really worth your time. Though technically this is our county archive building, it also serves as a museum of various Williamson County history. My dad actually helped refurbish this place and build the...more
This is a real Native American powwow, and is very informative and extremely fun. If you have never attended a powwow before, this is something you CAN'T miss! The colorful regalia of the dancers is so exciting, the music of the drums makes your blood race, and the smell of fry bread in the air will make your mouth water. Guests are welcome to...more
there is a very pleasant public restroom on 4th avenue; turn south off main street. go just about half a block, then through the double doors under the awning marked "108" on the west side of the street. once you go thru the doors, there is a restaurant on your right, whose name i can't remember, and one on your left called merridee's. the...more
the williamson county parks and recreation department has a terrific recreation center just about two miles north of downtown franklin.nonresidents can pay $3/day to use everything, which includes an indoor track (14 laps is one mile), basketball/volleyball courts, racquetball courts, free-weight rooms, exercise and weight/strength training...more