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.

Franklin is a jewel. I have lived here for 10 years and every time I tell it's story I still tear up. Locals have worked so hard to reclaim it's beauty and moving history and have done an amazing job. I am most fortunate because I get to work on Historic Main Street and talk with all the visitors. It is a town beautiful on the outside, clearly, but filled with beauty on the inside due to the kindness and passion of the people who live here.
Reviewed by thatwardgirl
on September 17, 2012
Breath taking and the homes are gorgeous!
Reviewed by cobbjay
on September 17, 2012
Truly a place to see... historical homes, very quaint experience all four seasons, trees and landscape absolutely beautiful
Reviewed by amosrol10
on September 17, 2012
Great city, and very beautiful
Reviewed by insspeak
on September 17, 2012
This is one great town!!! Nowhere is prettier, nicer, cooler, or hotter!
Reviewed by mwilli7119
on September 17, 2012
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