Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin, the county seat of Williamson County, is located 20 miles south of Nashville and 10 miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Franklin, Tennessee
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Franklin was founded October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin, 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. During the Civil War Union troops occupied the area for nearly three years. The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, resulting in almost 10,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured and missing) and turning forty-four buildings into field hospitals.

The population of Franklin was 70,612 as of the 2014.

Franklin, Tennessee Featured Points of Interest

Things to See and Do

  • Carnton - Battle of Franklin - tours available
  • Carter House - Battle of Franklin - tours available
  • Double Arch Bridge - Natchez Trace Parkway (milepost 438.0) - Scenic Overlook, Modern Marvel, Top 30 Favorite Site
  • Franklin Visitor Center - Huge selection of travel brochures, guides and maps. Also stocked with Franklin, Tennessee shirts, mugs, hats, and more!
  • Lotz House - Battle of Franklin - tours available
  • McGavock Confederate Cemetery - 1,480 Confederate soldiers are buried here who died during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864.
  • Timberland Park - Natchez Trace Parkway (milepost 437.2) - Restroom, Picnic Area, Hiking Trail
  • Leiper's Fork Distillery - Recapturing the lost art of small batch production. Tasting tours.
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