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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: Historic Walking Areas
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Carnton Plantation
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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Carter House
Carter House
Owner description: This ante-bellum home was the site of a famous Civil War battle and has a museum dedicated to the history of the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and... more Owner description: This ante-bellum home was the site of a famous Civil War battle and has a museum dedicated to the history of the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and 360 days a year. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Downtown Franklin
Downtown Franklin
Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a day browsing antique shops... more Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a day browsing antique shops and boutiques and dining at one of its many ecelctic restaurants. Downtown Franklin offers an eclectic mix of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries and clothing boutiques. Franklin hosts several festivals each year. less
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Merridee's Breadbasket
Merridee's Breadbasket
Ranked #1 of 358 Restaurants in Franklin
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
J Alexander's Restaurant
J Alexander's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 358 Restaurants in Franklin
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 358 Restaurants in Franklin
Price: $7 - $26
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
55 South
55 South
Ranked #4 of 358 Restaurants in Franklin
Cuisines: American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Red Pony Restaurant
Red Pony Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 358 Restaurants in Franklin
Price:
Cuisines: American
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cool Springs
2.5 of 5
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Cool Springs
$101 - $230
Ranked #6 of 23 Hotels in Franklin
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Baymont Inn
$76 - $110
Ranked #6 of 10 Franklin B&B and Inns

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Quality Suites Nashville Airport
3.0 of 5
Quality Suites Nashville Airport
$140 - $220
Ranked #28 of 154 Hotels in Nashville
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Franklin
3.0 of 5
Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Franklin
$180 - $280
Ranked #1 of 23 Hotels in Franklin
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville / Franklin
3.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville / Franklin
$172 - $278
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Franklin
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Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Franklin / Cool Spring
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Franklin / Cool Spring
$149 - $254
Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Franklin
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The Inn at Fontanel
4.0 of 5
The Inn at Fontanel
$241 - $789
Ranked #1 of 154 Hotels in Nashville
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Hermitage Hotel
5.0 of 5
Hermitage Hotel
$350 - $747
Ranked #2 of 154 Hotels in Nashville
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Omni Nashville Hotel
4.0 of 5
Omni Nashville Hotel
$288 - $617
Ranked #5 of 154 Hotels in Nashville
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