Saturday, February 20, 2010

On a recent trip to Nashville, I had the opportunity to take a day trip to nearby Franklin. I went knowing that it was an old historic town in the suburbs of Music City, but nothing more. It ended up providing a nice small town break from the big city--and, more importantly, it was adorable in a Main Street sort of way!

Franklin was founded in 1799, and named after none other than Benjamin Franklin. "Battle of Franklin" signs denote the broad boarders of a gory Civil War battle which saw 10,000 casualties. It took the town over a century to overcome the physical and economic havoc the battle wreaked on the town, but now it is a thriving residential community with plenty of quaint shops and historic monuments.

Storefront architecture doesn't get any better than the one on the left (although not quite sure how I feel about a Chico's as the resident...)

Naticakes--an adorable cupcake shop, with an adorable website (check out the menu section).

The main town square--can you say, "Gilmore Girls?"

Merridee's, a popular cafe that makes a great mocha. Beautiful looking pastries too--too bad I wasn't in the mood for one.

Rebecca's Furniture & Design, with a neat window display. Sorry for the glare!

And we will end with an adorable Franklin home. I encourage visitors to head to the town during one of their signature events--Pumpkinfest, Dickens of a Christmas, or the Franklin Main Street Festival all sound great. Visit the Heritage Foundation's site for more info!

Historic Franklin photo courtesy Franklin Is...

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