Local Attractions

 

Hincheyville Historic District
Hincheyville Historical SignThe Hincheyville Historic District is Franklin’s first residential addition and is named for Hinchey Petway, a wealthy merchant. The district is primarily comprised of single-family residential buildings ranging in construction from 1828 to the 1930’s and represents the influence of Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian, Italianate, Queen Anne, Eastlake, Four Square, Bungalow, Tudor Revival, and Suburban residential styles. Hincheyville stands as an architecturally rich district representative of the major residential building trends evolving from the Federal period to the early 1930s in mid-sized towns of Middle Tennessee. The Hincheyville Local Historic District is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Lotz House
1111 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 790-7190Lotz House

Lotz House is located in the heart of downtown Franklin, Tennessee at “ground zero” for the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The house was built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Albert Lotz. By trade, Mr. Lotz was a master carpenter and a piano maker. His home, served as his “show house” to demonstrate his carpentry work to potential clients interested in hiring him for his services. The many fireplace mantles demonstrated his range from simple to very complex designs. There are also several battle scars including the charred rounded indention in the wood flooring where a cannonball flew through the roof, the second story bedroom and landed on the first floor and rolled.

 

Carnton Plantation
1345 Eastern Flank CircleCarnton Plantation
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903

Carnton, home of Carrie and John McGavock, served as the largest Confederate field hospital following the Battle of Franklin, fought in 1864. Robert Hicks immortalized Carrie McGavock in his New York Times bestseller The Widow of the South. The McGavock Confederate Cemetery is on site, as well as fully restored garden and slave quarters. Value ticket includes admission to Carnton, The Carter House and Lotz House.

 

Carter House
1140 Columbia AvenueCarter House
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 791-1861

The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, was caught in the midst of the Battle of Franklin fought on November 30, 1864. Capt. Tod Carter, who grew up in the house, was involved in the battle and mortally wounded. The house and outbuildings show obvious battle damage and the site serves as a memorial to the Carter family and both Confederate and Federal soldiers. One of the outbuildings riveted with more than 1,000 bullet holes is still visible today. The Visitor’s Center includes a new video presentation, military museum and gift shop. Value ticket includes admission to Carnton, The Carter House and Lotz House.

 

Fort GrangerFort Granger
405 Murfreesboro Road
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-2103

Fort Granger, built in 1862 by Union troops as a federal post and signaling station, is accessible by short hike from Franklin’s Pinkerton Park. A walking trail leads to an overlook of the south part of the city. Surrounding the perimeter of the site are trenches dug by Civil War Troops.

 

Franklin Theatre
419 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 538-2075

The beautifully restored Franklin Theatre has been brought back to life as a state-of-the art, mutli-use entertainment venue for live performances, movies and events that seats 290 plus. Great acts include Michael McDonald, Sheryl Crow, John Oates, Sixpence None the Richer, Vince Gill, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Keb Mo, Smash Mouth, Larry Carlton, Steve Martin and The Porchlight Sessions just to name a few.

 

The Factory At Franklin
230 Franklin RoadThe Factory
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 791-1777

Built circa 1929, The historic Factory is a complex of 11 depression-era factory buildings which have been renovated into one of Tennessee’s most unique shopping, dining, and entertainment venues! Restaurants, antiques shops, art galleries, one-of-a-kind retail stores, culinary school, theater, working artisans, farmer’s market and much more.

 

Battle Of Franklin Walking Tour
1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903

This Battle of Franklin walking tour will take guests to at least seven different locations on the battlefield. Tour guides will focus on many elements of the Battle, explaining why it occurred, the arrival of Federal and Confederate armies, and the details of what became known as one of the greatest single assaults of the entire Civil War. The tour takes approximately 90 minutes.

 

Franklin On Foot
305 Public Square
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone: (615) 400-3808

Franklin On Foot explores the fascinating history and sometimes-scandalous past of this memorable town, now known for its authenticity and eclectic atmosphere. Join one of our dynamic tour guides as you delve into our rich heritage—either by foot or on two wheels. Most tours are offered daily by reservation.

 

Cheekwood Botanical Garden
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 356-8000

The Cheekwood gardens are seen and enjoyed by over 175,000 visitors each year. The property was once the elegant home of the Cheek family. The fifty-five acre site includes the original Cheek gardens, designed by Bryant Fleming, with pools, fountains, statuary, extensive boxwood plantings and breathtaking views of the rolling Tennessee hills. Visitors will discover a Japanese garden, an herb garden, two perennial gardens, a color garden, water garden, seasons garden and an award-winning wildflower garden.

 

Arrington Vineyards
6211 Patton Road
Arrington, TN 37014
Phone: (615) 395-0102

Arrington Vineyards & Winery (AV) is co-owned by country music star Kix Brooks of the legendary duo Brooks and Dunn. AV is centrally located just east of Franklin and south of Nashville. The unique Tasting Lodge, built from rustic timbers and Tennessee fieldstone, affords breathtaking views of the rolling hills and beautiful countryside. Free wine tastings daily.