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How to Make the Most of Your Franklin, Tennessee Adventure: 7 Questions with JoAnne

Being the new kid on the block is never easy, but JoAnn Babish makes it look effortless! JoAnn is the Visitor Center’s newest Information Specialist and has quite the knowledge of her new downtown Franklin surroundings. We wanted to learn more about Joann and what she thinks makes Franklin, Tennessee such a special place.

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Meet JoAnne Babish!

1) Q: You moved here not too long ago from Pennsylvania. In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between Pennsylvania and Tennessee?

A: The weather! We are truly enjoying the longer springs and falls in Tennessee. In northeast Pennsylvania, winter weather can stick around long past its welcome. The other difference is the friendliness of people in Tennessee. It’s a rarity in Pennsylvania to strike up a conversation with the person standing in line behind you at the grocery store. Here it almost always happens. We love it!

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2) Q: What made you fall in love with Franklin, Tennessee?

A: We had come to Franklin a handful of times while visiting our daughter in Nashville since she moved here 10 years ago.  When we decided to relocate to this area, she encouraged us to focus on Franklin as a place to live. I am delighted we listened to her! There is something incredibly special about downtown and the areas close by – Cool Springs, Leiper’s Fork, Brentwood – all have so much to offer!

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3) Q: After you became an Information Specialist, was there anything you were surprised to learn about Franklin?

A: I don’t think I was aware of how many international visitors come to downtown Franklin! I have met families from Canada, England, Scotland, France and other countries. Also, I love that so many people who come to the Visitor Center tell us that they were staying in Nashville for a vacation and someone there told them they “have to see Franklin.” We agree!

55 South in Franklin, Tennessee

4) Q: What are a few of your favorite places to grab a bite to eat in downtown Franklin?

A: I really like The Coffee House at Second and Bridge because it was one of the first places my husband and I discovered to have Sunday breakfast after church. Other favorites are Frothy Monkey, Puckett’s Grocery, Merridee’s Breadbasket and more recently, 55 South. I am not sure why it took us so long to try 55 South, but it is one of our new favorites, especially their Shrimp & Grits.

JJ's Wine Bar

5) Q: If you only had one day to spend in Franklin, tell us what you would be sure to do.

A: I would have at least one meal downtown, maybe a coffee or wine break as well (check out JJ’s Wine Bar – it’s excellent!). I would take some time to walk by the historic Hincheyville homes, just a block away from downtown. I would walk as much of downtown Franklin as I could to visit some of the unique and locally owned stores; I have quite a few favorite boutiques and shops including White’s Mercantile and Avec Moi.

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6) Q: Tell us something fun and unique about yourself that someone would be surprised to find out.

 A: I have had the opportunity to visit Sweden several times with my husband who works for a Swedish company. We have stayed with wonderful Swedish friends in their beautiful village and have traveled with them to Norway and Finland. All of the trips have been delightful experiences! 

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7) Q: What is one thing you think every visitor should be sure to do when they come to Franklin?

A: Start at the Visitor Center! I definitely recommend that visitors talk to the Information Specialists first. We can help fine tune exactly what visitors are interested in seeing and doing!  

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