Franklin, Tennessee


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Franklin is a small, friendly town outside of Nashville full of Civil War history. The town, aptly named after the legendary Benjamin Franklin, was founded in 1799. Downtown, a statue named Chip representing the Confederate soldiers lost during the Battle of Franklin, is where the tight-knit community convenes.

The Main Street flows through small boutiques and eateries, a setting which provides a quaint, slow-paced feel. In addition to the historic town square and homes are Bowie Park and Nature Center, Iris City Gardens, the Natchez Trace Parkway, Cool Springs, Fort Granger, and Franklin Theatre. Downtown is also well known for its annual parades and festivals, notably the Main Street Festival in the springtime.

Franklin has a population of about 62,000 residents. The Cool Springs area boasts impressive dining, business (many Fortune 500 companies included), and shopping establishments. Franklin has been named “the number one small town in Tennessee.”

Franklin’s known for The Factory, a complex of 10 Depression-era buildings that once accommodated four factories and now house antique and art shops, event venues, and restaurants. The McNavigators raved about the food at Saffire and Puckett’s Grocery, where they vowed to make the nine-hour trek to return for more.

About 23 years ago, I was moving from AZ to IL and stopped in Franklin to spend a week with my parents, who had moved here a few years prior.....and I'm STILL here! I love, love, love my town. It's an awesome place to live, work, play, and raise kids. Our downtown if chocked full of quaint little shops, restaurants, and activities. The country here is so beautiful. It's a great place to be!
Reviewed by JourneyGoGo
on September 17, 2012
Franklin is a beautiful town, with a wealth of history and character. There are tons of great family-oriented things to do all the time,
Reviewed by bridgethom
on September 17, 2012
Constantly in magazines, people around the country know Franklin and some of the best local shops and restaurants. I work here and will move here as soon as I can!
Reviewed by jeremiahpyron
on September 17, 2012
Franklin still has the hometwon feel with a beautiful main street lined with store front and old cinemas.
Reviewed by Turkey987
on September 17, 2012
Although many Franklin residents grew up somewhere else, Franklin immediately feels like home. Simply walking down the street allows you to experience the strong sense of community that makes Franklin beautiful from the inside out. Although many celebrities call Franklin home, they are (usually) able to enjoy the many public festivals and great restaurants with their families without someone intruding upon their privacy to ask for an autograph. Franklin respects heritage, family and creativity and works hard to preserve the integrity of each. Don't let the small town atmosphere fool you- Franklin incorporates great innovation with a sense of old-fashioned community. It truly doesn't get any better!
Reviewed by carmeenae
on September 17, 2012
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