Franklin, Tennessee: A Charming City to Call Home
Updated: Jul 19
Welcome home - Overview
Franklin is known for preserving its past and strategically planning its future. For that reason, the city has garnered multiple awards and accolades including Best Southern Town and a Top Business-Friendly City. Most recently the city was honored in August 2020 as one of 10 All-America City award winners in the United States. The National Civic League recognized Franklin’s work in inclusive civic engagement to address health and well-being and create stronger connections among residents, businesses, and nonprofit and government leaders.
A bit of southern history, downtown shopping, and festivals
The city, founded in 1799, is the county seat of Williamson County. History is part of the fabric here, making Franklin a favorite tourist destination. Civil War enthusiasts can tour the Battle of Franklin site, where more than 8,000 Civil War soldiers died. For a change of pace, you can survey the downtown’s Victorian architecture and explore the historically restored buildings like the Franklin Theatre at 419 Main. The theatre was recently renovated into a state-of-the-art music venue. Historic Downtown Franklin encompasses 15 blocks of antique and gift shops, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Downtown is also the stage for several annual festivals including The Main Street Festival, Fourth of July celebration, PumpkinFest, and Dickens of a Christmas. To get a closer look at the city’s history, you can take a free self-guided walking tour, such as the African American Heritage tour and Tennessee Civil War Trail. Brochures are available at the Visitors Center located at 400 Main Street or go to visitfranklin.com.
City services and organized sports
The city of Franklin offers several amenities for its residents. Bus and trolley service throughout the city is available for a small fee provided by Franklin Transit. Go to franklintransit.org for a map of routes. The city also provides residential and commercial business garbage pick up and recycling pick up for residents only.
There are several adult and youth recreational sports opportunities through the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department, WCParksandRec.com. Also, several independent youth sports associations manage teams including Franklin Baseball Club at FBCbaseball.org. To participate on a football team or cheerleading squad, sign-ups can be found at FranklinCowboys.org. Grassland Athletic Association, PlayGrassland.com, also organizes youth sports including baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball.
Parks, festivals, and playgrounds
The City Parks Department maintains 18 parks all with varying amenities like walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and fishing ponds. One of the most picturesque city parks is the 200-acre Park at Harlinsdale Farm, 239 Franklin Road, which was once home to the World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Midnight Sun. There you’ll find a four-acre dog park, three-acre catch and release fishing pond, 5k soft turf track for walking or running, and an equestrian trail. The Parks Department hosts a variety of special events at the city’s parks including movie nights, an Arbor Day festival, and nighttime candy cane hunt. Athletic fields are located at Jim Warren Park, Liberty Park, and Fieldstone Park where sports leagues play. The Harpeth River is a favorite waterway in Franklin for canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. The city maintains several access points to the river. For a complete list of parks, park amenities, and Harpeth River access locations, go to FranklinTN.gov.