Step Back in Time: Visit Franklin on Foot

Travel just a few short miles south of Nashville and you’ll discover one of the most beautiful towns in the South, Franklin. Best seen on foot, you’ll enjoy exploring the town’s historic downtown, its vibrant shopping district, delectable eateries, and Civil War history.

Founded in 1799, Franklin’s 217-year history has been meticulously preserved to allow visitors a glimpse into 19th century life. The November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin, left the town bowed but not broken. You’ll better understand the effect the nation’s greatest conflict had on the town and its citizens. And after dark, Franklin is just ‘acrawlin’ with the spirits of the dearly departed.

Did we mention the best way to see Franklin is on foot? That’s where we come in! Franklin on Foot has offered guided walking tours of Franklin since 2003.

The Classic Franklin looks back at some of Franklin’s most interesting people and the events that shaped Franklin. You’ll learn about an enterprising slave, a most unlikely spy, and see beautiful historic buildings.  

The Haunted Franklin tour explores the ghosts and spirits that linger on Franklin’s brick-lined streets and historic buildings. Departed socialites, several Civil War soldiers, failed businessmen haunt downtown Franklin.

Our Civil War tour covers Franklin’s role in the War, beginning with Tennessee’s secession and entry into the War, through Union occupation and the November 30, 1864 battle. You’ll see how profoundly Franklin’s residents, both slave and free, were affected.  

We’ve got some skeletons in our closet, and they’ll all be revealed on our Murder & Mayhem tour. The tour takes a hard look at Franklin’s seamy underbelly, something perhaps the Chamber of Commerce would rather we didn’t talk about.   

Franklin’s restaurant scene led us to the idea of a food tour, and in 2012, the Southern Style Food Tour was born. We’ll sample from 5 of our favorites restaurants over the three-hour tour, and you’ll definitely appreciate Southern cuisine at the end.  

So come see us, y’all!


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10 Jul 2016

By Margie Thessin