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.

We came to see the locations mentioned in the book "Widow of the South" and ended up moving to Williamson County!
Reviewed by sam
on September 17, 2012
It's a beautiful small town, complete with a postcard perfect southern main street, downtown and beautiful side streets. It's full of historic markers and places, and has a great retail community as well. Cool Springs Mall is not far off, but has not encroached on the historic downtown community. It's a jewel in the buckle of the bible belt!
Reviewed by cyfenton
on September 17, 2012
Beautiful hills, best schools
Reviewed by MartiVeto
on September 17, 2012
Such a great town with great charm and beauty. There is so much going on all the time and with the renovation of the Franklin Theatre and it about to open this just compliments the downtown area.
Reviewed by avotta
on September 17, 2012
The City of Franklin is busy throughout the year with family friendly events that showcase the beauty of the community and the welcome mats of the businesses and families that live here.
Reviewed by Stevendycus
on September 17, 2012
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