Franklin, Tennessee was founded on October 23, 1799 and got its name from none other than Benjamin Franklin. A close friend of Benjamin Franklin was Dr. HughWilliamson for whom Williamson County received its name. Dr. Williamson, who was a member of the Continential Congress, was close friends with Mr. Franklin.
Though very small in size, Williamson County became one of the wealthiest counties in Tennessee with Franklin the center of the plantation commerce. Then the Civil War began and the economical wealth was destroyed for Franklin and Williamson County. Union troops occupied the entire area for almost three years. Then there was the Battle of Franklin, on of the bloodiest in the civil war with over 8,000 casualties. There was not a home or a business that wasn't turned into a field hospital because of that battle. November 30th, 1864 would be the battle that nearly cost Franklin it's entire existence. Though Nashville is only 30 miles away, Franklin seemed and acted like it was cut-off from the world for over a century.
Today, Franklin with its history steeped in Country Music and multiple events throughout the year, has regained some of it's wealth and economy back. Franklin is now one of the wealthiest cities in the United States and Williamson County one of the Wealthiest Counties as well. While many don't like change, it is enevitable, but Franklin still has the small town charm, but is has grown into a very large city. The history is not lost in Franklin, we still embrace it and our heritage. Many historical Victorian homes still stand and many are tourist attractions. Farming was a primary function of the citizens of the county and you didn't have to travel far outside of town to run into one. Today Franklin has expanded in all directions, growing with new businesses, but keeping many of the old buildings alive and thriving.
The Carter House, Rippavilla Plantation and Carnton Plantation, still open daily for those who want to venture into the past. Guided tours operate daily for all three. Though there are guided tours, you are still able to explore the grounds and buildings at some of these locations. These three homes are a part of the "Battle of Franklin Trust" who have dedicated themselves to maintaining and understanding the impact of the Civl War in America. So if you are looking for something to do besides see a Show downtown, venture out and taste a little bit of history in this wonderful area.
The picture above is From Winstead Hill Park in Franklin, just south of downtown. Another little piece of history that has a walking trail and plenty of parking. A nice spot to get some fresh air or take a walk on the trail or explore the wide open spaces across its 60 acres. Franklin is not lacking when it comes to parks, it lays claim to 14 different parks in the area surrounding Franklin. If you like history you can spend time visiting each of these or get online to find out more about them. Some are Historical Farms, then there is one called Fort Granger. We have a Liberty Park and a Bicentennial Park as well.
If you like the outdoors, Franklin has much to offer in that area. The small town life still exists in Frankin even though at times it seems like a big city. There are tons of things to do and things to see if you visit. If you live here there are still tons of things to do and see.