Shopping is a Must
You can’t visit Franklin without going down its historic and romantic Main Street. The picturesque downtown is the heartbeat of this charming city. From the brick facades to the softly lit sidewalks, you can almost imagine yourself in another time period. And Franklin is known for its shopping, so plan to take some time to explore. Here are some of the shops and places you will want to see while you are on or near Main St. – the Annette Charles Fashion Boutique, Antiques at Franklin Antique Mall, Gallery 202, The Registry, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, Rare Prints Gallery, Philanthropy Fashion Boutique, Southern Exposure Clothing and Apparel, and Persnickety, just to name a few. The men are not left out when it comes to fashion. Main Street has several men’s shops – Fussell’s Shop and Dixie Pickers, for example.
You’ll probably be tired and hungry after all the shopping so it’s a good thing there are excellent restaurants on Main Street. For both food and liquid refreshment try Zanders Woodfired Pizza, Merridee’s Breadbasket Bakery and Restaurant , Zolo’s Italian Restaurant, 55 South, Gray’s on Main and Mantra Artisan Ales.
The Natural World of Franklin
If the shopping and eating make you feel that you need some time by yourself, don’t hesitate to immerse yourself in the beauty of Pinkerton Park. Hiking trails traverse the area and give the hiker the ability to observe the natural beauty of Franklin first hand. The Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is also very handy to Franklin. This is a popular place to walk your dog or go for an early morning hike.
Festivals in Franklin
As if eating, shopping and hiking aren’t enough; Franklin hosts many festivals throughout the year. We have highlighted a few of the most notable ones.
“Main St. Festival” takes place in the Downtown District of Franklin. There are 200 participating artisans, four stages, food courts, Arts and Crafts booths line the main thoroughfare, and two carnivals thrill the younger generation.
“Wine Down Main Street” is an event that draws approximately 2,000 people to taste wine and to visit historic Main Street. This event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Franklin and Middle Tennessee.
“Pumpkinfest” is an annual event that raises funds for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. We missed it this year because it takes place the Saturday before Halloween. There are all kinds of Halloween inspired events from music to local artists on display, children amusements, and of course great food.
“Dickens of a Christmas” takes place in early December and in the past has drawn 50,000 visitors to Franklin. You may actually see Marley’s Ghost or Bob Cratchit or other costumed characters from Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” roaming historic downtown Franklin. There are Arts and Crafts on display and local church music groups and dancing and of course, great food from the Victorian era.
If You Get to Tennessee, Don’t Miss Franklin.
Franklin, Tennessee is a truly a remarkable place to visit or to live. It offers something for everyone. You will find Southern Charm, historic buildings and historic battlefields for the Civil War buff, shopping, eating, outdoor activity, four distinct seasons as well as a number of wonderful festivals that are fun and entertaining. All of these events have their center in the historic district of Main Street and downtown Franklin.
But don’t just visit, consider Franklin for a permanent domicile. Franklin has excellent schools, good jobs with good opportunities for employment among the many companies and facilities that call Franklin home. When you come to Franklin, you will experience truly an American Classic.