Franklin Neighborhood Guide

Franklin is a city steeped in rich cultural history and nestled in the heart of Tennessee. Since its founding, Franklin has prospered into one of the United States’ wealthiest cities. As of 2007, Franklin’s population was estimated to be 55,870. Offering a much desired high quality of life, Franklin has gained national recognition for its revitalization of downtown and for devising impact fee strategies for new development. The city itself is a unique blend of history and progress that has developed amidst a gentle and breath-taking landscape. Franklin offers a wide variety of attractions ranging from a Civil War battlefield, to a host of museums and antebellum mansions, to the thriving Cool Springs Galleria.

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Downtown Franklin is made up of a 15 block historic district, offering visitors a great American main street town and 200 years of rich history. Visitors will find commemorative brick sidewalks, beautiful landscape, and lovely Victorian architecture. Downtown Franklin offers true Southern hospitality and stunning renovated historic buildings, offering elegant shopping, restaurants, antique shops, a variety of clothing stores, art galleries, professional services, and more.

History

On October 26, 1799 the City of Franklin was officially founded. The city itself was named after Benjamin Franklin who was a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named. For most of its first 180 years, Franklin was a tranquil, small county seat and was one of the wealthiest counties in Tennessee and Franklin the center of plantation economy prior to the Civil War. Two Presidents made visits to Franklin and three Secretaries of War were from the immediate area. The Civil War devastated the economy and Union troops occupied the area for nearly three years. The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, and was one of the war's bloodiest battles, costing more than 8,000 casualties and turning every home and building in town into a hospital. It took 120 years for the county's economy to reach pre-war levels. Since then Franklin has blossomed into a strong blend of residential, commercial and corporate citizens.

Local Events

Franklin, Tennessee is home to numerous events that enthrall people of all ages and interesting throughout the year. Take part in one of Franklin’s many exciting festivals or play a round of golf at one of Franklin’s award-winning courses. With so much to offer, nothing can compare to the joys of discovering these events for yourself or with friends and family. Feel free to explore the link provided below or continue reading for more information. Franklin Local Events

Feilé Franklin (Annually, March)
Feile Franklin is an annual Celtic festival that fills the streets of historic downtown. Festivities include Irish dance and music performances on Main Street; special Celtic vendors and craft exhibitionists; festival foods such as roasted potatoes, turkey legs, fish ‘n chips, and as well as other Irish delights; and activities for the children. Following the festival is a separate evening event of beer tasting and Irish activities.

Celebration of Nations (Annually, March)
The Celebration of Nations festival is a cultural event that offers something for everyone. The festival features crafts, entertainment, and foods from all around the world. The festival is a short walk or trolley ride from downtown Franklin on the campus of O'More College of Design.

Main Street Festival (Annually, April)
The Main Street Festival is Franklin’s signature festival with over 250 craftsmen, food entertainment and children’s activities. Handmade work exhibited includes pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, original paintings and much more. Southeast Tourism Society lists the Main Street Festival on the Southeast’s Top Twenty Events list.

Franklin Rodeo (Annually, May)
The Franklin Rodeo is a PRCA sanctioned rodeo featuring steer wrestling, bronco riding, bull riding, musical entertainment and more. The event is held the fourth weekend in May at the Ag Expo Park.

Heritage Foundation Town & Country Tour of Homes (Annually, June)
The Heritage Foundation Town & Country Tour of Homes is an annual tour of homes that offers a glimpse into select private homes and historic buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in Franklin and Williamson County. This event takes place the first full weekend in June in Franklin and Williamson Counties.

Franklin on the Fourth (Annually, July)
Franklin on the Fourth is a patriotic, family orientated concert event on the Public Square. The festival is complete with entertainment, children’s activities, food and crafts. The celebration is concluded by a fireworks finale that takes places near Mack Hatcher/Hillsboro Road on Independence Day.

Bluegrass Along the Harpeth (Annually, July)
Bluegrass Along the Harpeth is a musical festival that features a Bluegrass band competition, old-time string band competition, fiddling, buck dancing, crafts, food and more. This event festival is held during the last weekend in July in the Public Square.

Williamson County Fair (Annually, August)
The Williamson County Fair is dedicated to celebrating Williamson County’s agricultural heritage. The Fair is a nine-day event which offers the traditional fair fun including exhibits of all kinds, children’s activities, live entertainment, historic village, the Miday and much, much more! Please visit the official event website for more information:
www.williamsoncountyfair.org

Franklin Jazz Festival (Annually, September)
Franklin Jazz Festival is an music extravaganza that offers visitors the opportunity to hear the best in jazz, Dixieland, big band and headliner acts. Franklin Jazz Festival is one of the longest running jazz festivals in the South. The event is dedicated showcasing high quality superb musical entertainment and to raise funds to continue to revitalize downtown using historic preservation methods. The Franklin Jazz Festival is held Labor Day weekend. Please visit the official event website for more details. http://www.franklinjazzfestival.com

Pumpkin Fest (Annually, October)
The Pumpkin Fest is Franklin’s fall festival complete with children’s activities, hayrides, music, storytelling, costume contests, great food and more. Held on the Saturday before Halloween in the Public Square, this is one event you shouldn’t miss.

Dickens of a Christmas (Annually, December)
Dickens of a Christmas is a popular street festival that transforms Main Street into a Victorian holiday complete with Dickens’ characters, carolers, artisans, strolling minstrels, unique foods and much more. This event is held annually on the second full weekend in December.