Much like Nashville, the town of Franklin is one full of charisma and history. One with a storied past that continues to grow along with the evolving Nashville landscape, Franklin has been charming visitors and locals alike for centuries.
As a historic southern town, Franklin offers the perfect blend of trendy and traditional charm, reflecting the wave of expansion that has recently taken over Middle Tennessee, while still keeping its southern soul alive in the process. While it’s safe to say many Nashvillians have paid a visit to our neighbor to the south, it’s no wonder Franklin continues to serve as the ideal day trip.
If you’re in the mood for some good antiquing, downtown Franklin has you covered. Having explored some of Tennessee’s sweet little towns just outside the Nashville area, I’ve noticed the state is a treasure trove of antique shops that are home to some of the most eclectic one-of-a-kind items – and Franklin is no exception. The lovely Franklin Antique Mall located just around the corner from the downtown square is home to an endless amount of old-fashioned finds. A baby carriage dating back to the 1800s, beautiful artwork, fine dishware, and antique post cards are just a few of the many items we stumbled upon while exploring the this charming shop. Just across the street is Scarlett Scales Antiques, another stop for some quality antique finds. One particularly interesting element you’ll find inside Sarlett’s is that of the irradiated purple glass bottles, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, found in digs from New England and East Tennessee. Though you’ll find everything from furniture to clothing, I walked away with a pair of lovely earrings and a beautiful painting of a Christmas scene on farm landscape (intended as a Mothers’ Day gift that my grandmother is sure to love). In addition to their wonderful goods, both locations offer them at a very reasonable price, so be sure to put them at the top of your must-see antique stops in the area.
If you head into town on a Saturday, make sure to pay a visit to the incredible farmers’ market. From fresh produce and meats from local farms, to delectable baked goods and craft artisans, there is a vast array of high quality items at the Franklin Farmers Market. Plus, popular food trucks also make an appearance like Crepe A Diem and Jay’s Chicago along with healthy vendors such as Franklin Juice and Juice Nashville.
After indulging in all the goodies at the market, head downtown, where you’ll find a variety of quaint shops. One of the most unique stores in the area is Bathos, offering numerous, all-natural soaps handmade from scratch by the shop’s owners Paul and Stacy Barrett. This shop is perfect for those with sensitive skin, as the soaps are made without any harsh or harmful ingredients and make for cute gift ideas. And speaking of gifts, get inspired with your gift-giving at Inspirations on Main, a store that is true to its namesake. Inside you’ll find an assortment of beautifully designed stationery such as notebooks, cards, clipboard pads and even lovely notes of positivity and encouragement along with furniture, clothing, accessories and more.
And we would be remiss not the mention the historic Franklin Theatre, a staple in the Williamson County community since it opened its doors in 1937. Host to a variety of events like classic movies, comedy shows, live music and more, the Franklin Theatre is so much more than a traditional theatre. You can even host your own event in this legendary venue.
But this is only just a small taste of what Franklin has to offer. The town is home to a myriad of other eclectic shops and an array of exciting events. Below are a few upcoming events taking place in Franklin. For more information, visit the official site for Downtown Franklin or the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Feb. 10 – 14 – Love, Americana Style
Sat., March 5 – Beer Bacon & Bourbon
Sat., May 14 – Franklin Hot Air Balloon Festival
Sat., June 4 – BRAMBLE (an event for the Southern Gentleman)