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America’s Favorite Main Street

Posted On: 02/21/2020

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Downtown Franklin is often called the ‘Great American’ Main Street. Franklin is known for its many historic buildings and neighborhoods including Carnton, Carter House, Lotz House Museum, Harlinsdale Farm, Biscuit Love (Corn house), Winstead Hill, Fort Granger, and, of course, their downtown area.

Downtown Franklin is 16-blocks long and among America’s best examples of historic preservation with an idyllic town square and surrounded by Victorian architecture. There are also 70 unique shops and restaurants including antiques stores, art galleries, bookstores, and boutiques.

Located 20 miles away from Nashville, Franklin has become a fun and educational getaway. Visit Franklin for art, history, and festivals held on the first Friday of each month.

Popular Franklin Festivals

  • Main Street Brewfest – March - Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Historic Downtown Franklin with this fun event and more than 70 beers across multiple tasting on Franklin’s Main Street.
  • Main Street Festival – April - One of the largest events in the Southeast, the Main Street Festival offers over 150 arts & crafters, food vendors, a carnival, a kids zone, and two stages of live entertainment.
  • Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival – September – A two-day music festival featuring roots rock, country, Americana, gospel, and more (many performed acoustically) at the Harlinsdale Farm.
  • Franklin Jazz Festival – September – The Franklin Jazz Festival is an end of summer tradition. This two-day festival features a variety of Jazz, Blues and R&B styles from students and pros.
  • Pumpkinfest – October – With over 65,000 attendees, the Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family festival in the fall. It features costume contests, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, and live entertainment.
  • Dickens of a Christmas – December – Franklin’s town square and side streets are transformed into a scene right out of a Charles Dickens’ novel. The holiday festival has horse-drawn carriage rides, street performers, Dickens characters, vendors, and more.

Interested in learning more about Franklin? Reserve a Franklin tour and experience America’s Main Street for yourself!