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Franklin
Franklin, a vibrant suburb of Nashville, is a blend of modern and historic, with trendy places to shop and eat and attractions that tell the story of the Civil War Battle of Franklin. The historic downtown district is nationally recognized as a Great American Main Street. Franklin’s attractions include Carnton Plantation, Carter House and Lotz House. Arrington Vineyards, owned by music legend Kix Brooks, offers free wine tastings and live music. Franklin is located 20 miles south of Nashville.

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Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum
Owner description: The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era.The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located... more Owner description: The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era.The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at “the epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, 1864. Join us as we step back into Civil War history. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Franklin on Foot
Franklin on Foot
Owner description: Not just walking tours, we now offer bicycle tours and rentals too. The ghost tour is our most popular tour, but visitors also love hearing about the rich past that lies just... more Owner description: Not just walking tours, we now offer bicycle tours and rentals too. The ghost tour is our most popular tour, but visitors also love hearing about the rich past that lies just beneath the surface of Franklin's quaint Victorian charm. Site of "the most famous battle you've never heard of," according to National Geographic, Franklin's Civil War story will amaze and enlighten you on the most divisive time in American history. Just minutes south of Nashville, Franklin is often cited as one of the most beautiful downtowns in the U.S. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides will make your visit to historic Franklin an unforgettable experience. Our tours include the Classic Franklin city tour, Civil War in Franklin, Grave Matters in the Cemetery, and for fans of evening activities, the Haunted Franklin, Ghosts of the Battlefield at the Lotz House and Murder and Mayhem Tours. Bicycle tours and rentals are available from March-November and our Southern Style food tours allow visitors to savor the flavors of Franklin and enjoy history at the same time. Most tours are available daily by advance reservation; some tours have minimums. Just call and see how flexible and accommodating we can be. less
Attraction type: Tours; Historic Walking Areas
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Carter House
Carter House
This ante-bellum home was the site of a famous Civil War battle and has a museum dedicated to the history of the battle.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Museums; History Museums
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Franklin Theatre
Franklin Theatre
Owner description: The Franklin Theatre opened in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street. The downtown Franklin landmark closed in 2007 but the Heritage Foundation of... more Owner description: The Franklin Theatre opened in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street. The downtown Franklin landmark closed in 2007 but the Heritage Foundation of Franklin, a nonprofit preservation group, stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work, and an investment of more than $8 million, the historic Franklin Theatre reopened better than ever. It features classic movies and concerts from artists such as Little Texas, Jars of Clay, Mac McAnally and more. less
Attraction type: Theaters
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Historic Carnton Plantation
Historic Carnton Plantation
Owner description: A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee... more Owner description: A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock. On November 30, 1864, the site was witness to the Battle of Franklin. Carnton became the largest field hospital in the area following the terrible battle, and in 1866 the McGavock Confederate Cemetery was established nearby. Today the cemetery holds the remains of nearly 1,500 Southern soldiers. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Red Pony Restaurant
Red Pony Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 318 Restaurants in Franklin
Price:
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 318 Restaurants in Franklin
Price: $7 - $26
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Copper Kettle
Copper Kettle
Ranked #3 of 318 Restaurants in Franklin
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Wild Ginger
Wild Ginger
Ranked #4 of 318 Restaurants in Franklin
Price: $12 - $40
Cuisines: Sushi, Eclectic, Asian fusion
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
J Alexander's Restaurant
J Alexander's Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 318 Restaurants in Franklin
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Hamburgers, Steakhouse
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Magnuson Hotel Brentwood / Franklin / Coolsprings
2.5 of 5
Magnuson Hotel Brentwood / Franklin / Coolsprings
$78 - $104
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Brentwood
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Ramada La Vergne
2.5 of 5
Ramada La Vergne
$77 - $125
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in La Vergne
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BEST WESTERN Suites Near Opryland
3.0 of 5
BEST WESTERN Suites Near Opryland
$86 - $193
Ranked #41 of 150 Hotels in Nashville
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin
3.0 of 5
Drury Plaza Hotel Franklin
$149 - $234
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Franklin
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Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast
Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast
$130 - $150
Ranked #2 of 9 Franklin B&B and Inns
Residence Inn by Marriott Franklin Cool Springs
3.0 of 5
Residence Inn by Marriott Franklin Cool Springs
$149 - $276
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Franklin
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Inn at Fontanel
4.0 of 5
The Inn at Fontanel
$198 - $706
Ranked #1 of 150 Hotels in Nashville
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Hermitage Hotel
5.0 of 5
Hermitage Hotel
$278 - $619
Ranked #2 of 150 Hotels in Nashville
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Omni Nashville Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni Nashville Hotel
$252 - $518
Ranked #3 of 150 Hotels in Nashville
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