When it comes to shopping, downtown Franklin has the cutest shops from name brand and local clothing boutiques to home decor and gift shops. A few places to check out include Storehouse No.9, Tin Cottage, and Philanthropy.
The Franklin Theatre is a historic landmark in downtown Franklin. It opened in 1937 to movie goers. Over the next 70 years, it saw millions of faces before it closed it’s doors in 2007 due to rising rental rates and the trend toward mega-theaters. However, all hope was not lost. The theater underwent a major renovation to include a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting, so it can now accommodate both movies and live music events.
Factory at Franklin
In a past life, the Factory at Franklin was home to a major stove company. However, the historic property is now home artisan goods, shops, restaurants and an entertainment venue that hosts the Franklin Wine Festival each year. It is located just a short distance off the Downtown Franklin Square.
JJ’s Wine Bar
Calling all wine lovers! JJ’s Wine Bar is a historic home located just off the Downtown Square that’s been transformed into the cutest wine bar. They have a wall of wine dispensers or you can order by the glass or bottle at your table. When the weather permits, you can sit out front or on the wrap around porch enjoying a glass of wine and some appetizers.
Field At Franklin | Drive-In Movie Theater
The Field at Franklin in a new drive-in movie theater in Franklin. While only open on the weekends, they do have multiple showings each day. They have a suggested price of $35 per car, but if you are experiencing financial hardships, it is pay what you can. They also offer several snacks you can order ahead of time.
Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Plantation
For the history buffs, downtown Franklin has plenty to offer. The Lotz House was the center of The Battle of Franklin. The two story home made of wood had taken three years to build. When the Lotz family saw Federal soldiers in their front yard, they sought shelter in the basement of the Carter home across the street.
The Carter House, located across the street from the Lotz House was a central part of the Battle of Franklin with the Carter family and Lotz family seeking refuge in the basement during the battle while the a Federal General took the house as part of his headquarters.
The Carnton Plantation was the premier farm in Williamson County. Following the Battle of Franklin, the Carnton Plantation was used as the largest field hospital for confederate soldiers.
You can participate in walking tours in each of the homes.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm is a 200 acre farm in Franklin that is home to the most significant historic farm in association with the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. Since opening to the public, you can enjoy a 4-acre dog park, a 3 acre fishing pond, walking trails and more. The farm is still home to The Tractor Supply Arena where Franklin Polo Academy regularly holds matches.
Noble Springs Dairy: Baby Goats & Cheese Boards
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary and a whole lotta fun, you’ve got to check out the Cheese Boards & Baby Goats at Noble Springs Dairy. While it only takes place on Friday in the summer, it is worth taking a trip out to enjoy Noble Springs cheese while getting to hang out with baby goats. Be sure to bring a blanket, a friend or loved one and a drink!
Franklin Farmer’s Market
Located at The Factory at Franklin, the Franklin Farmer’s Market is a must! In 2002, eight local farmers made it their mission to preserve Tennessee’s rich farmlands by establishing the Franklin Farmers Market. The market now sells produce and goods from nearly 80 farmers in and around Franklin. Thousands of locals and visitors frequent the year-round market. Aside from farm-fresh produce, meats, and eggs, vendors sell baked goods and handmade pieces of pottery, furniture, and jewelry. The Franklin Farmers Market also runs a large volunteer program that organizes special events and festivals throughout the year.
Nachez Trace Bridge
The Natchez Trace Bridge is stunning. Not only is the construction of the double arch bridge something to marvel, but so are the views. You can catch some stunning sunrises and sunsets from the bridge. There are two parking locations, both north and south of the bridge where you can take in the sites.
Leiper’s Fork Distillery
Just a short drive from Franklin is the sweet southern town of Leiper’s Fork. It’s truly like taking a step back in time to a slower pace of life. One must-see is the Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Even if whiskey isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the breathtaking facility and learn the importance whiskey and moonshine has played in the history of Franklin.
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