Experience Franklin's Great American Main Street
Best described as being “Rooted in Americana,” Franklin is a charming Tennessee town located just 17 miles south of Nashville that preserves its southerly heritage, yet radiates a sophistication that’s both inspiring and inviting. You have to look no further than the Great American Main Street in the heart of this storybook town, to see why.
Main Street is truly Americana at its best. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it showcases a vibrant, inviting community that will please history buffs, music fans and shoppers alike. With historic buildings in every direction, music around every turn, local shops with a little bit everything from high fashion to home goods, and restaurants for every pallet - here are a few of the can’t miss stops along Franklin’s Main Street.
Everywhere you turn the history of Franklin is being honored and preserved, even as the city grows. Nowhere is this more evident than at the legendary Franklin Theatre. It has been the heart of Main Street in downtown Franklin since 1937 and after a carefully planned renovation in 2007 that restored it to its art deco heritage, the Theatre now hosts world-renowned musical acts and live theatre. Its iconic neon sign also makes for an unmistakable photo opportunity.
Unique shops dot Main Street and ones like White’s Mercantile are a must visit for everyone. Owned by famed singer-songwriter Holly Williams, you’ll find all things southern inside her shop. Another must see is the Franklin Visitor Center, where not only can you find information on attractions in and around Franklin, but also a wide selection of merchandise that showcases the amazing talent of Franklin’s local artisans and makers.
Lovers of a good book will want to stop into Landmark Booksellers, where owners Joel and Carol Tomlin can tell you all about the incredible stories that lay in the pages on their shelves. You can even find their story in The Bridge, written by No. 1 New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury.
You cannot stroll down Main Street without being tempted by the indulgent smells of award-winning restaurants. Chef Jason McConnell, who recently had the honor of preparing a meal at the famed James Beard House, has his creative creations on display at three restaurants, 55 South, Cork & Cow, and Red Pony.
Strolling down Main Street you can duck into Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant or former pharmacy turned restaurant Gray’s on Main almost any night of the week and hear great live music while you dine on the best there is in traditional Southern fare. At Gray’s you’ll also find some of the best handcrafted epicurean cocktails, you’ve ever tasted.