Franklin Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Puckett's Boat House
    Puckett's Boat House
    by TravellerMel
  • Puckett's Boat House
    Puckett's Boat House
    by TravellerMel

Franklin Things to Do

  • The Franklin Theatre - Movies, Concerts...

    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...

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  • Winstead Hill Civil War Site

    Tony and I enjoy hiking around different parks..Now I call it hiking, even if there are no caves, waterfalls or mountains involved....it's basically a word I use for just plain walking around sometimes..Like here...at Winstead Park...we didn't actually hike we parked our car and took a very nice walk.We first went over and read the signs about the...

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  • Carnton Plantation- Civil War & Widow of...

    Carnton Plantation is an antebellum home in Franklin which played a major part in the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. The home was less than a mile from the battle, and so was commandeered as a confederate field hospital - one of the largest of the time. Over 300 injured and dying men were brought to the house, with hundreds more...

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  • Collins Farm

    Collins Farm is a 3 acre Historic Park near the Eastern Flank Battle Park and Carnton Plantation. The property has limited vehicle access and amenities. It is permissable to walk around the park to view the property. Collins' FarmWilliam C. Collins (1823-1895), the manager of Carnton Plantation during the Civil War, and his wife, Lucy Allen Birch...

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  • Third Coast Clay - Paint your Cares Away

    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,...

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  • Winstead Hill

    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...

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Franklin Restaurants

  • really good food, really good service

    i thoroughly enjoyed my recent lunch at granite city food and brewery. i ordered fish and chips, and they brought me two enormous pieces of fish, a very generous supply of waffle fries (french fries cut in a waffle pattern), and a nice-sized bowl of cole slaw. the fish was crispy but not burned, and moist but not soggy on the inside. the fries were...

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  • McAlister's Deli

    Tony and I went to dinner last night at McAlister's Deli in Franklin but I really consider it Brentwood area..This was our first time there. We went there on Saturday January 5th, after I got off from work.I had received a coupon to save $5 to celebrate my birthday. So, we said..HEY why not...so we stopped. He ordered the "New Yorker" which was a...

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  • Chili's Bar & Grill

    We went to try out this restaurant. Matt had told Tony that the Ribs was really good!! So, while out one day shopping at the Cool Springs Mall, we said "WHY NOT?" so we went. The restaurant was very clean and bright..not enough tvs available to watch for Tony's taste but the decor was very lovely and very mexican...with the bright oranges, yellows...

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  • Mellow Mushroom Pizza

    OKAY, I want to start by saying I am sorry, I really really really wanted to like this pizza, so let me start at the beginning..We arrived in Franklin just about 4pm and stopped for some Pizza..I am on a pizza roll right now..Can't get enough of it...we have eaten at Mellow Mushroom in Nashville near Vandy several times and enjoyed it so we were...

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  • Pie in the Sky Pizza

    Tony and I wanted some Piz za...I am on this huge Pizza kick lately!!We were heading down to Cool Springs Galleria to do some shopping for my grand baby's first Christmas and decided to try "Pie in the Sky Pizza"...and we were pleasantly surprised!!!Our waiter was Michael.we were seated greeted immediately in the bar area near the many televisions...

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  • Puckett's Boat House

    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...

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Franklin Nightlife

  • irish pub

    mc creary's is a nice replica irish pub on main street in downtown franklin. good import and craft beer selection. a great place to down a guinness or two in downtown franklin. casual.

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  • Ghost of Gore tour at the Carnton...

    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...

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  • irish music in tennessee!

    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...

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Franklin Transportation

  • avoid traffic jams around the cool...

    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, the lanes are very confusing, and it takes...

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  • getting to downtown franklin from the...

    from SOUTH of franklin, the easiest way to get to downtown is to take I-65 north to exit 65 ("franklin/highway 96"), and turn left/west at the end of the exit ramp onto murfreesboro road (which is highway 96). go several miles thru multiple shopping areas and then into about half a mile of residential area, where the road becomes 3rd avenue....

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  • getting to downtown franklin from the...

    if you are coming from NORTH of franklin, an easy way to get to downtown franklin is to take I-65 south to exit 71 ("concord road/brentwood"), turn right/west at the end of the exit ramp onto concord road, go less than a mile to a T-intersection, and turn left/south on franklin road (highway 31).to get to the WEST side of downtown from that...

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Franklin Shopping

  • The Factory at Franklin - Unique &...

    The Factory at Franklin (circa-1929) buildings originally housed the Dortch Stove Works, Magic Chef and later the Jamison Bedding Company, and is a member of the National Register of Historic Places. The Factory has been reimagined as an upscale and unique shopping mall, housing art galleries and studios, restaurants, a live theatre venue, antique...

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  • Cool Springs Mall

    One of my favorite Malls in the Nashville area...It is about 15-20 minutes from my house via I-65 depending on the traffic and time of day!It has all my favorite stores...Macy's, Sears, JC Penney's, Dilliards, Bath & Body Works, Forever 21, Gymboree, Journey's, Victoria Secrets and More..many many more!!!I love the mall during the holiday season...

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  • Quality Items at Thrift Store Prices

    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...

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Franklin Local Customs

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    by TravellerMel Written May 23, 2011

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    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.

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Franklin Warnings and Dangers

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    by Mindy_J Written Jan 10, 2007

    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!!

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Franklin What to Pack

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    by Mindy_J Written Jan 10, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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

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Franklin Off The Beaten Path

  • Franklin Rodeo

    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...

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  • Williamson County Archives

    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...

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  • Annual Natchez Trace Powwow

    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...

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Franklin Favorites

  • looking for a bathroom in downtown...

    there is a very nice 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 right/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...

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  • Dickens of a Christmas

    Our town is wonderful about celebrating, and Christmas is no exception! There are vendors with crafts & food from the last 1800's, along with people walking around in historical clothing, demonstrating crafts & musical acts.

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  • missing the gym and/or the pool while...

    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...

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