Located just 30 minutes outside of Nashville, Franklin, TN
, embodies the heart of Americana heritage. The town, named after Benjamin Franklin, saw one of the most gruesome battles of the Civil War, and yet over 150 years later stands resilient as an oft-voted Top Ten Great Neighborhood in the country. Home to about 66, 000 people, the Franklin area boasts booming businesses, art scenes, and Mom-and-Pop stores just waiting to be explored. Both historic and modern, Franklin has something to offer everyone. So hop in the car and take the short drive to Franklin - here are a few places to explore to start off!
Battle of Franklin
: On November 30, 1864, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War began on the southern edge of Franklin, when the Confederate army advanced toward the Federal troops. Leaving some 10,000 American casualties on both sides, the battle devastated the town. Visitors to Franklin can tour the sites and learn more at the Battle of Franklin Trust.
: Used as a field hospital immediately following the Battle of Franklin, Carnton still stands today as a testament to the humanity that emerges even in the midst of war. Built in 1826 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, the grounds are home to the largest privately-owned military cemetery in the country. Visitors can take a tour of the plantation to learn more about the Civil War-era history of Franklin.
: Boasting 18 award-winning wines, Arrington Vineyards is true Nashville wine country. Owned in part by country music artist Kix Brooks, guests are welcome to picnic on the Vineyard lawns or enjoy a tasting in the converted farmhouse, original to the property. Also check out "Music in the Vines," a free event, on the weekends when you visit.
There's a lot to see and do in the Nashville area. But next time you're near Beaman Toyota, why not take the drive to Franklin to see more of what middle Tennessee has to offer!