Welcome to one of the most stunning small towns in America. Called "the Malibu of Tennessee," many of America's wealthiest residents make their homes here, preferring it even above the big cities on the coasts. It's not hard to see why: due to its historic beauty, delicious food, and artsy vibe, the city makes frequent appearances in Southern Living. The mapmakers at Rand McNally even believe Franklin is one of the "Most Beautiful Towns in America." This is a town that will meet, or surpass, your expectations, no matter what lifestyle you're used to.
We mentioned the natural beauty of the area, but not in detail. To see Franklin at its best, take a drive or ride a bike on the famous Natchez Trace, which passes right through the town. There, you see the Birdsong Hollow Bridge, which won the Presidential Award for Design Excellence. Elegant and stream-lined, it makes an especially good photo op on a trail that's full of them.
Back home, Main Street and the downtown area are equally diverting for those who prefer bargains to foliage. Many towns have a Main Street, but only this town can claim to have a Great American Main Street, an honor it earned with its ambiance and charm. Go antiquing, or visit a local boutique, for a memorable and unique shopping experience. Old homes, like the Lotz House, will make your walk around Main Street visually appealing as well as fun.
Franklin, like larger neighbor Nashville, is a music town, so you might want to keep your eyes peeled for your favorite country or bluegrass star. Up-and-coming acts also busk the streets of Franklin, trying to make their sound heard above all the others that pour out of this musical corner of Tennessee. What would a Nashville-area town be without a big, storied theatre? The Franklin Theatre (est. 1937) is this town's claim to fame, and many big stars trace their careers back to this landmark.
Franklin has made its mark on history since the days of the Civil War. Thanks to residents' conservationist tendencies, the Franklin Battlefield, near Carnton Plantation, will be here for you whenever you decide you need to a know a little more about the origins of Franklin. Carnton Plantation itself became an impromptu hospital during the roar of battle, while the Carter House, another historic Franklin home, became a gathering place for Union forces.
In case you have the road-tripping urge, Franklin is ideally placed to discover the rest of the beautiful state of Tennessee. Start with a small town nearby, known as Leiper's Fork. There you can retreat to the country for home cookin' at Country Boy, Nett's Country Store, and Leiper's Fork Market, and find true relaxation.
New Home Source welcomes you to this all-American treasure. Let us help you find the perfect Franklin new home, so you can get acquainted with your new hometown.