FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Residents, visitors, and fans of Franklin, Tennessee rallied their votes to land Franklin in the winner’s circle for Garden and Gun Magazine’s “Greatest Southern Town” title announced today on March Madness inspired, this online contest began March 17 with 32 small towns below the Mason-Dixon line and culminated with a final showdown between Franklin and Savannah, Georgia.

Garden and Gun Magazine, a Southern lifestyle magazine based in Charleston, SC, reported over 1.3 million votes were cast in the entire competition. Franklin won close battles against Hot Springs, Arkansas, Fairhope and Florence, Alabama before advancing to the championship in which Franklin received 69% of the votes in the final round.

“It’s an honor to be chosen to represent small towns across the south after competing against such icons of southern culture. Franklin is the quintessential southern town known for its history, its Main Street charm, and beautiful Tennessee countryside, but most importantly, Franklin exemplifies genuine hospitality by the citizens of this friendly, inviting town,” stated Kellye Murphy, Interim Executive Director of the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).

“What this grass roots effort demonstrates is the power of community and what can be accomplished when everyone comes together. We welcome visitors to experience Franklin, our authentic, world-class destination. Thanks to Garden and Gun, we can now forever claim we are the Greatest Southern Town.”

About WCCVB – The Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Williamson County and Franklin Tennessee, located south of Nashville. The WCCVB promotes the Williamson County area, city of Franklin and local historic assets to visitors across the state, the U.S. and worldwide. For additional information on all there is to see and do in Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County, contact us by phone 615.791.7554,, toll free 866.253.9207, on the web at or by mail 400 Main Street, Suite 200, Franklin, TN, 37064. FIND YOURSELF IN OUR STORY.


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