Franklin Travel Guide

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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

  • Red Lobster

    Okay, when it comes to SEAFOOD...if I am not at the beach...I feel weird eating it....does that seem weird???? But, Tony got paid for a big job and wanted to treat Noel and I out to dinner ....so RED LOBSTER bound we were !!!! I called ahead to make a reservation but they don't do that but they will put on a list for a seating if you have a time...

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  • chinese food just north of franklin

    the great wall of china is a very small chinese restaurant in a tiny strip mall in the grassland area. i think the food is terrific, tho i am always surprised at how few people are there (at lunch, anyway).it is not particularly exceptional in decor, and one thing that i'm not crazy about is that they serve drinks in styrofoam cups.however, i have...

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  • an irish pub in tennessee!

    mcCreary's irish pub is in downtown franklin.the pub is fairly small, but service is friendly and fast. occasionally, when there are a lot of people there, it gets noisy but never so noisy that i would not go because of that.one of the nicest things about it is that it is open in the evenings even when all of the shops are closed. its hours are...

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  • Dinner at Red Lobster

    Okay, when it comes to SEAFOOD...if I am not at the beach...I feel weird eating it....does that seem weird???? But, Tony got paid for a big job and wanted to treat Noel and I out to dinner ....so RED LOBSTER bound we were !!!!I called ahead to make a reservation but they don't do that but they will put on a list for a seating if you have a time to...

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  • 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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Franklin Nightlife

  • irish music in tennessee!

    mcCreary's irish pub 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 to...

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  • 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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Franklin Transportation

  • when automotive disaster strikes, call...

    if you have car/whatever problems, try KIRBY'S, which is a local gas station (marathon, 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...

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  • 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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Franklin Shopping

  • lovely, high-quality, old-fashioned...

    i have not actually been to the scarlett scales antiques shop; my review is based on their booth at a street fair in april, 2014, in franklin, TN.their business card says "antiques ~~ interiors," so i'm thinking they probably have vintage decorative items as well, but at the street fair they had only clothes.they are open monday thru saturday, 10...

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  • casual clothes for women

    the cellar is a very nice shop that 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...

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  • 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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Franklin Local Customs

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    Franklin Rodeo

    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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    Don't get off the path on Liberty Pike

    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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    Whatever your adventure will take you

    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 General

  • 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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