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The 12th Annual Main Street Brew Fest in downtown Franklin is only a few short days away, and lead sponsor Lipman Brothers is once again bringing an incredible array of local, national and international beers to the pre-St. Patrick's Day festival.
Puckett's Boat House is adding a wine bar to the riverside restaurant in downtown Franklin, transforming the "Bait Shop" into a space that offers an extensive list of hard-to-find wines and high-end boutique spirits.
04/04/2014 Franklin Sitting Pretty as Greatest Southern Town
Residents, visitors and fans of Franklin, Tennessee rallied their votes to land Franklin in the winner's circle for Garden and Gun Magazine's "Greatest Southern Town" title announced today on gardenandgun.com. March Madness inspired, this online contest began March 17 with 32 small towns below the Mason-Dixon line and culminated with a final showdown between Franklin and Savannah, Georgia.
07/17/2013 Nashville International Airport Surpasses 10 Million Passengers
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) today announced during its July board meeting that Nashville International Airport (BNA) exceeded 10 million passengers for fiscal year (FY) 2013.
05/29/2013 TripAdvisor Ranks Lotz House as Franklin's Number One Attraction Third Year in a Row
The historic Lotz House, located in downtown Franklin, has received a 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for its consistently high ratings by visitors for the third year in a row.
04/24/2013 Franklin Visitor Finds Confederate Belt Buckle in Carter House Garden
A visitor from Ohio recently found a Confederate belt buckle while walking through The Carter House garden. The visitor was enjoying the enhancements made to the area, especially the newly installed interpretive marker, the recently marked main Federal line of defense, and the ongoing work with the historic garden.
What was for more than 65 years a landmark pharmacy on downtown Franklin’s historic Main Street is now set to become Gray’s on Main, a new landmark culinary and entertainment destination.
Andy Marshall, owner of the award-winning Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant has announced he will be opening a new restaurant concept in Historic Downtown Franklin in June. Puckett's Boathouse (Grill, Bar, & Bait Shop) will open June 4th where the current Route 31 Café and Marcia's Patisserie are located at 98 East Main Street in Franklin
Andy Marshall, owner of the award-winning Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant has announced he will be opening a new restaurant concept in Historic Downtown Franklin in June. Puckett’s Boathouse (Grill, Bar, & Bait Shop) will open June 4th where the current Route 31 Café and Marcia’s Patisserie are located at 98 East Main Street in Franklin.
11/16/2011 NCAA Women's Golf Championship Coming to Franklin
The 2012 NCAA Women's Golf National Championship will be played on Franklin's Vanderbilt Legends Club, official from Williamson County, Franklin and Vanderbilt University Athletics announced on Wednesday. The tournament will be played May 22-25, 2012 over the North Course at Vanderbilt Legends Club and marks the first time a major collegiate national championship will be held in Middle Tennessee.
11/10/2011 Historic Downtown Franklin hosts 26th Annual Dickens of a Christmas Dec. 10-11, 2011
It's a 26-year holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin on the second weekend in December to travel back in time some 150 years to a Main Street from the time of Charles Dickens, and the tradition continues this year Dec. 10-11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dickens of a Christmas is a free street festival, is open to the public, and is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the weekend.
Heading Back Home: Franklin's Unknown Soldier and the Civil War's Five Bloodiest Hours will be shown to the public for the first time at the Franklin Theatre on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35, with proceeds donated to battlefield preservation efforts in Franklin.
09/01/2011 Baptism of Fire Release and Book Signing Set for Sept 17
Eric A. Jacobson and Richard A. Rupp are pleased to announce the release of their upcoming non-fiction work, Baptism of Fire. The book details the story of three Federal regiments that were engaged at the historic Battle of Franklin. In conjunction with the release, Jacobson will host a book signing at The Carter House on Saturday, Sept. 17. Refreshments will be provided, and the book will be available for purchase. Jacobson will speak at 11:30 a.m. and sign books from 12-1 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Franklin’s Battle of the BBQ is returning to Pumpkinfest this year, with a few new twists: Presented by Heineken, the event will take center stage on Third and Fourth avenues and expand the number of competitors, add a homemade sauce category and offer more tasting opportunities for the public.
07/14/2011 Downtown Franklin Gets Another Big Belly Compactor
The first Big Belly Solar Trash receptacle and recycle bin was installed in front of Mellow Mushroom just in time for Franklin’s Pumpkin Fest last year. Now the City is getting another compactor donated by Waste Management for the Five Points area near Sweet CC’s and Starbucks, a busy area that generates a lot of waste.
07/08/2011 Franklin Rolling Out the V.I.P. Red Carpet Again
ranklin rolled out the red carpet last week for the Rand McNally Best of the Road Rally team in order to showcase Franklin in a bid for ‘Most Beautiful' town. Now it's time once again for Franklin to showcase its southern charm for a team of French travel writers
06/08/2011 Franklin Readies for Best of the Road® Rally Team
Residents, visitors and fans of Franklin, Tennessee rallied together and voted Franklin to the list of top finalists for “Most Beautiful Town” in the Rand McNally Best of the Road® contest. Now it’s time to get ready for the judges who will experience Franklin for themselves in the coming weeks
The Franklin Theatre today announced that Nissan Americas will sponsor the historic theater's grand re-opening on Friday, June 3, including a 1930s-themed celebration in downtown Franklin.
The legendary Franklin Theatre, which re-opens June 3, today announced that critically acclaimed Studio Tenn will be the resident live theatre company, presenting classic plays and musicals as part of the new mission to offer the highest quality live entertainment in Middle Tennessee.
Additionally, the Franklin Theatre and Studio Tenn unveiled the 2011-2012 season:
Less than one hour after launching its new web site this morning, the newly restored Franklin Theatre sold out two screenings of "Gone With The Wind", the four-hour Hollywood epic anchoring the historic theater's grand re-opening festivities in June.
04/20/2011 VisitFranklin.com Launches History Tour iPad App
History in Franklin has boldly embraced high tech. Today, the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) launched a new iPad application, the Franklin Tour app, which offers visitors a fun, interactive way to discover the history, architecture and stories that make up Franklin's Great American Main Street experience.
04/18/2011 Imagine an even bigger Franklin Main Street Festival
Downtown Franklin's Main Street Festival April 30-May 1 is emerging into a national spotlight in its 28th year with several major tours becoming part of the local event, most notably an exhibit of John Lennon's artwork, -Come Together,‖ a collection of 100 works by the former Beatle, including four to be exhibited for the first time.
The Franklin Theatre today unveiled plans for its grand re-opening on the weekend of June 3-5, including a 1930s-themed street party in downtown Franklin and a late-night screening of the Oscar-winning film classic "Gone With the Wind."
04/11/2011 CBS Sunday Morning Comes Back to Film at Battle of Franklin Trust Sites Airing April 17
Robert Hicks, the author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country will be featured on a CBS Sunday Morning segment about Why the Civil War Matters to Southerners. The segment is scheduled to air Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 8 a.m.
03/22/2011 Tennessee's Jack Trail Launched
Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker officially launched The Jack Trail. The sixth of 16 self-guided driving tours in the Discover Tennessee Trails &Byways program, The Jack Trail features 328 tourism sites spanning...
Nothing says “romance” like a stroll down Franklin’s historic Main Street. That’s the Valentine’s Day view of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has named Franklin’s Main Street as one of the five “Most Romantic Main Streets” in America.
It has been more than 40 years since the Franklin Theatre's marquee lit up 419 Main Street in Historic Downtown Franklin, and on Jan. 29, 2011, at 5:30 p.m., the marquee will once again shine at this National Register property.
12/23/2010 Battle Sites Featured in Augmented Reality App Civil War history in the palm of your hand
A new augmented reality application, Battle of Franklin Sites, hits the streets of Franklin today. Almost a century and a half has passed since Franklin witnessed what is often referred to as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War. Today, understanding the numerous battle sites, their location and history just got easier for those with the latest smartphones.
12/14/2010 Battle of Franklin Trust Launches Value Ticket In Commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil
Battle of Franklin Trust announces the launch of a value admission ticket to Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and the Lotz House in commemoration of the upcoming 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The ticket price is now available for $28 for all three sites, is transferable and never expires.
12/02/2010 Battle of Franklin Trust to Unveil Bullet that Killed Confederate Soldier Captain Tod Carter
The Battle of Franklin Trust will unveil the bullet that killed Confederate soldier, Theodrick “Tod” Carter, which was lodged in his skull during the Battle of Franklin November 30, 1864. During a ceremony today, marking the anniversary...
12/01/2010 New Map Assists Visitors
The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau has just released a new points of interest visitor map. The map features the major roadways in Williamson County and highlights area lodging and a few of the more popular points of interest.
11/18/2010 November 30th Commemoration at The Carter House Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin
The Battle of Franklin Trust announced The Carter House will host an event to commemorate the 146th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. Re-enactors from both sides will come together in front of The Carter House to recreate the clash that took place during the historic afternoon.
10/05/2010 Battle of Franklin Trust Announces Launch of “CARNTON” FEATURING THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF BRUCE WOLF
The Battle of Franklin Trust and the Carnton Plantation Association are marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with the release of “Carnton” featuring the photographs of Bruce Wolf with foreward by Robert Hicks, a hardbound book considered to be the most in-depth...
09/20/2010 The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities Designates the First Williamson County
The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) announced today they are placing Williamson County's first APTA historic marker at the Lotz House in Franklin.
09/20/2010 The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities Designates the First Williamson Count
The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) announced today they are placing Williamson County's first APTA historic marker at the Lotz House in Franklin.
08/13/2010 21st Annual Franklin Jazz Festival
The 2010 Franklin Jazz Festival produced by Zia Music Production is celebrating its twenty first year. The festival has the distinction of being not only one of the longest running, but also one of the top jazz festivals in the Southeast. In addition to providing great musical entertainment and food, the jazz festival helps
08/12/2010 Thomas Cartwright Launches Civil War Show & Tell for Families at the Lotz House
Thomas Cartwright, one of the nation's leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin, announced today with Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson they are teaming up to bring "Civil War Show & Tell for Families" to the Lotz House Saturday, October 2 from 1 pm until 5:30 pm.
08/11/2010 Leipers Fork plans Outlaw Weekend celebrating Waylon Jennings
Leipers Fork Village is pulling out all the stops for a two-day celebration of the life and music of the late Waylon Jennings. In typical Fork style, the celebration will be multi-faceted. And free.
07/27/2010 Pig'n in the Grove State Championship BBQ Cook-off is Smokin' in College Grove TN
The 2nd Annual Pig’n in the Grove Festival will bring world-class barbeque into town Sept. 4th as championship barbeque teams from several states descend on College Grove for prizes, cash and fame. The Festival will also include Arts and Crafts...
07/27/2010 Wine Down Main Street
For 2010, Main Street will again be closed from First Avenue to Fifth Avenue with all the food providers being set up in the Public Square and throughout Main Street. More than 40 shops and businesses participated last year along with almost 30 restaurants.
06/30/2010 Visitor Center Offers Free Wi-Fi, 195 Year Old Building Gets High Tech Addition
Just one day prior to the launch of free Wi-Fi at Starbucks Coffee shops around the world, the Williamson County Visitor Center in downtown Franklin rolls out public wireless Internet access.
05/27/2010 Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint Continues to Draw Attention, Now to Travel to Big Apple BBQ Block Party
Patrick Martin, owner and pitmaster at Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Nolensville, returns to New York City to represent the great state of Tennessee and cook at the 2010 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Only the most elite of pitmasters can compete in this Super Bowl of barbecue.
04/26/2010 Brothers In Arms Exhibition at Carnton Plantation
The "Brothers In Arms" exhibit featuring typical Civil War gear and personal items of the common soldier will open May 7 through December 31, 2010 in the new Fleming Center, located at Carnton Plantation.
04/05/2010 Battle of Frankin Trust Opens The Carter House Gardens
The Battle of Franklin Trust Board of Directors Chairman Marianne Schroer announced today a ceremony and dedication is set for Saturday, April 17th to formally open the recaptured tract of land that served as the garden at The Carter House
03/24/2010 Construction to Start on Historic Franklin Theatre
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County is breaking ground on the historic Franklin Theatre on Main Street in downtown Franklin. The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the theater.
03/19/2010 America's Most Conservative-Friendly County is Williamson County
More than 175,000 lucky Tennesseans live nestled in the green rolling hills of what is, when adjusted for cost of living, America's wealthiest county. Home to vast horse farms and country music stars' getaways...
03/08/2010 7th Annual Bloom ‘n' Garden Expo to be Held April 9 - 11, 2010
The seventh annual Bloom ‘n' Garden Expo will be held April 9, 10, and 11, 2010, at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park just off I-65 at Exit 61 (Peytonsville Road) in Franklin, Tennessee. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The Lotz House announced today the Second Annual Spring Antiques Appraisal Fair is set for Saturday, April 10th at the Civil War house museum located at 1111 Columbia Avenue across from The Carter House.
03/04/2010 Vanderbilt Williamson Presents Taste of Williamson at CoolSprings Galleria
Vanderbilt Presents Taste of Williamson at CoolSprings Galleria will be held on March 21 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will delight attendee's taste buds as the food extravaganza features the area's best restaurants, caterers and hotels offering "tastes" of their favorite creations. A few of the restaurants to be featured at this year's event...
03/04/2010 Battle of Franklin Trust Presents A Living History at Event
This is a Federal and Confederate Living History which includes a haversack, uniform and equipment inspection to ensure every participant is up to standards for this event. Reenactors will be camping at Carnton April 16th. Saturday, the 17th at 10:00 a.m.,
02/24/2010 Battle of Franklin Trust Forms Strategic Alliance with Heritage Foundation
The Trust will present The Carter House Annual Candlelight Tour December 11th and 12th to coincide with The Heritage Foundation's "Dickens of a Christmas." The Carter House started this Franklin tradition 38 years ago and each year brings new life...
In honor of Black History Month, the Battle of Franklin Trust Board of Directors Chairman Marianne Schroer announced today the Trust will host "Living History" Saturday, February 27th and Sunday, February 28th.
02/08/2010 Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour
The best athletes in alternative sports and the best new music artists will combine for a lifestyle event like no other as the Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour wraps its national tour with a stop in the greater Nashville area on Saturday, June 5, 2010
O'More College of Design - founded in 1970 with a handful of students taking interior design courses in the Victorian home of Mrs. Eloise Pitts O'More - is celebrating 40 years of continued growth and design innovation.
11/30/2009 Franklin, Tennessee Selected as Host City for Christian Meeting Planner Conference
The city of Franklin, Tennessee in Williamson County has been awarded the 2010 Spring Showcase, an annual meeting of the Christian Meetings and Conventions Association (CMCA). The Franklin Marriott and Cool Springs Conference Center will serve as the headquarters...
11/17/2009 Williamson County Sees Record Numbers in Tourism Spending
Williamson County reached another milestone in travel-related spending figures in the latest data released at the 2009 Governor’s Conference on Tourism this fall. According to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development in a study conducted by the Travel Industry Association...
11/15/2009 Dickens of a Christmas Festival
It’s a 24-year holiday tradition in Historic Downtown Franklin on the second weekend in December to travel back in time about 150 years to a Main Street from the time of Charles Dickens, and the tradition continues this year Dec. 12-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11/13/2009 Illumination Ceremony to Commemorate Battle of Franklin
The 145th Anniversary ceremony, which will be held in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery at Carnton on Saturday, Nov.28, at 4:30 p.m., will include a stunning display of 10,000 luminaries, period bands representing the North and the South, hundreds of re-enactors and remarks from noted historian Thomas Flagel.
11/11/2009 Civil War Blue & Gray Days Return to Carnton Plantation
Join Abe Lincoln along with other living history re-enactors at the Carnton Plantation for Blue & Gray Days November 28 - 30. This annual event is a prelude to the 145th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. The pageantry of Blue & Gray Days brings tourists and historians...
11/11/2009 Experience a Civil War Era Christmas at the 37th Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour
Carnton Plantation will join with The Carter House for the 37th Annual Candlelight Tour for the first time in a decade. The tour will allow tourists to discover the heritage and sense the feel of a Civil War Era Christmas December 5 and 6 at both houses as well as five other historic locations.
11/03/2009 Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways Tourism Initiative Announced by Gov. Phil Bredesen
Governor Phil Bredesen announced today the launch of Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways with the debut of the Old Tennessee Trail. Rascal Flatts will be lending their voices and support to the project as part of the marketing campaign.
10/05/2009 24th Annual Pumpkinfest
Falling on Halloween this year, Historic Downtown Franklin's Pumpkinfest is adding some new activities--including cemetery tours, a carnival and a street dance--to make Main Street's annual fall festival even more fun 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
10/02/2009 Lotz House Hosts Antiques Appraisal Fair Oct 24
The Lotz House announced today they will host an Antiques Appraisal Fair Saturday, October 24 at the Civil War house museum located at 1111 Columbia Avenue across from The Carter House.
DID YOU EVER THINK THAT YOU COULD HOLD AND PURCHASE A LETTER AND/OR DOCUMENT SIGNED BY EACH OF OUR NATIONS 44 PRESIDENTS? NOW YOU CAN! Yeoman's in the Fork is one of the south's newest and finest rare book and document galleries
09/18/2009 Cork in the Fork
Leipers Fork Community Association, along with Honorary Chairperson, Kix Brooks is hosting "Cork in the Fork", a celebration of fine wine and food. This fun-filled social event will provide visitors with an education in wine and food pairings...
09/16/2009 Monument to Unknown Soldier Erected in Franklin
A monument to the unknown soldier recovered this summer from the Civil War Battlefield at Franklin, Tennessee, has been erected in the historic Rest Haven Cemetery and will be officially unveiled during a funeral ceremony for the soldier on Oct. 10, 2009.
09/15/2009 Hilton Garden Inn Opens Doors in Nashville/Franklin, Tennessee
Hilton Garden Inn, the award-winning brand of upscale affordable hotels, today announced the opening of the 131-room Hilton Garden Inn Nashville/Franklin Cool Springs, representing an addition to the brand's growing portfolio of nearly 500 hotels across North America and Europe.
08/27/2009 SimpleViews' Williamson County Website a Study in Destination Marketing
Franklin, Tennessee is small by any measure, but the town's new website - planned, designed and programmed by simpleview - incorporates some of today biggest ideas in online destination marketing.
A construction project in the area where the calamitous Battle of Franklin was fought on Nov. 30, 1864, has disturbed the resting place of an unknown soldier who was buried in a shallow grave 145 years ago during the tragic last days of the Civil War...
06/09/2009 Top 12 Really Fun Things to do In and Around Franklin, Tennessee
1. Uncorked at Arrington Vineyards - free wine tastings, Music in the Vines, gourmet picnic with Loggins and Messina LIVE in concert. 2. Dare to be Scared - Take the Haunted Franklin walking tour with Franklin on Foot...
05/26/2009 Tourism Spending Saves Taxpayers
Tennessee's second largest industry, Tourism, has a tangible impact on Williamson County according to the latest "fact sheet" compiled by Dr. Steve Morse, Director and Economist for the Tourism Institute...
04/06/2009 FranklinMain Street Festival Set For April 25-26, 2009
Franklin's 26th annual Main Street Festival brings more than 200 artisans & crafters, three stages, two carnivals and two food courts to the historic Public Square and Downtown District April 25-26, 2009. Hours for the free street festival are...
03/30/2009 Franklin's Charge Hosts Symposium 2009
Franklin's Charge is hosting its third annual Symposium on the Battle of Franklin. The Symposium takes place June 18-20, and will focus on the "Last Days of the Army of Tennessee". The Symposium follows General John Bell Hood's footsteps...
02/01/2009 Feile Franklin Provides Safe Celebration of All Things Irish
Historic Downtown Franklin celebrates St. Patrick's Day early on Saturday, March 14, 2009, with Féile (pro: "FAY-LA") Franklin - A Celtic festival on historic Main Street! Streets will be closed to traffic and filled with Irish music, dance, food...
01/13/2009 Franklin Named Dozen Distinctive Destination for 2009
Franklin, Tennessee was named today as a 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The prestigious title of Distinctive Destination is presented to cities and towns across the country that offer an authentic visitor experience...
01/08/2009 Franklin Makes "Best Small Town" Top Ten
Southern Living named Franklin to its Reader's Choice Awards top ten list, ranking fifth for "Best Small Town". Franklin joins a diverse group of destinations in the listing. Southern Living readers voted for their favorites...
12/01/2008 Step Back in Time for Enchanting Victorian Christmas
You'll find Historic Franklin dressed and ready to kick off the season's festivities with Dickens of a Christmas on December 13-14, 2008. This annual festival transforms Franklin's historic Main Street into an enchanting old-fashioned Victorian Christmas straight from the pages of Charles Dickens'...
10/20/2008 Historic Franklin First to Partner with Heritage Travel, Inc.
Historic Franklin in Williamson County, Tennessee has signed on as the first participating destination with Heritage Travel, Inc., a new subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Launching in 2009, it will provide extensive online visibility...
10/10/2008 Civil War Trails Launched in Tennessee
The Civil War Trails program made its debut in Tennessee in recent weeks. The city of Franklin hosted the unveiling of the first Tennessee Trails marker as it was ceremoniously introduced to the public in historic downtown Franklin...
10/07/2008 All Things Pumpkin! Franklin's Annual Pumpkinfest 2008
Pumpkinfest fills Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues with all things fall-related--pumpkins, costumes, arts and crafts--even competitive cooking and eating! Presented by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County...
10/06/2008 Carnton Offers (Super)Natural Halloween
The plantation home is rumored to be one of the most haunted structures in the nation. Tales of tragedy and suffering abound in this place, not just the soldiers, but also the McGavock family, and it's just a natural for a very haunted Halloween...
09/08/2008 5th Annual Natchez Trace Pow Wow
The Natchez Trace Pow Wow is a cultural festival that will invigorate your senses! This year's festivities take place October 4 & 5, featuring Irene Bedard, the speaking voice and likeness of Disney's "Pocahontas ". Over 100 dancers from more than 50 tribes...
09/02/2008 Lotz House to Open as Civil War House Museum
J.T. Thompson announced today he will open the Lotz House, located at 1111 Columbia Avenue, as a Civil War house museum in Historic Franklin, Tenn. on Thursday, October 30. The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976...
08/13/2008 Leiper's Fork Chili Cook-Off 2008
Seventh Annul Chili Cook-Off October 18, 2008 is fanning the flames as this year's event grows into a chili festival with prize winnings of $1,000 going to the first place Chili Cook-Off winner...