The Most Creative Way To See Franklin For Yourself
I am about to openly admit something that not too many people know about me and that I don’t freely offer up during adult conversations or at fancy dinner parties. My favorite movie of all time is Mary Poppins. (Whew! That felt good to get off my chest). Bottomless bags, cleaning with a snap of your fingers, umbrellas that help you fly, anything is possible with that woman.
My favorite part of that entire movie (that I would always fast forward to) was when they hopped into Bert’s chalk drawings going anywhere you wanted, real or imaginary! In those chalk drawings animals could talk, penguins could dance, and the scenery was dreamy.
To this day, the little girl inside of me still wishes I could hop inside a chalk drawing. Since I can’t, I do the next best thing. I bring my favorite town of Franklin, Tennessee to life inside the pages of the Franklin Coloring Book. The best part is that I don’t have to use my imagination to get there. The scenic beauty, vibrant colors and Southern hospitality are right on my door step (the dancing penguins would be a plus).
So, in honor of National Coloring Book Day, I thought I would let you hop into the pages of my Franklin Coloring Book and visit some of your favorite places in this small Southern town.
This village is authentically southern. With only about 650 residents, you’re never a stranger in Leiper’s Fork even if you are one! Check out the Country Boy restaurant, one of the oldest family owned restaurants in Middle Tennessee or search fine French antiques at Serenite Mason, a beautiful local antique shop.
Great American Main Street
Franklin’s picturesque downtown Main Street has won several awards and millions of hearts for its beautiful architecture, historic preservation, and authentic charm. Grab a bite at the old town Pharmacy turned upscale Southern eatery, Gray’s on Main. Sift through rare or first edition prints of the world’s favorite books at Landmark Booksellers.
This scenic river offers 125 miles filled with beautiful views of this area’s countryside and plenty of outdoor activities like canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
Since 1937, this historic theatre has been responsible for a number of firsts. It was the first air conditioned building on Main Street, saw plenty of first kisses, and was the first venue to bring nightlife back to downtown Franklin since 2011. This beautiful art deco style theatre offers guests something special almost every night of the week from live music and movies to comedy shows and theatre productions.
The 200-acre historic horse farm was established in 1933 by W.W. Harlin and was made famous by prize stallion Midnight Sun, the first Tennessee Walking Horse to become a repeat World Grand Champion. Today it serves as a beautiful passive park still maintaining the Walking Horse history and includes a dog park, a catch and release fishing pond and hosts the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival every September.
Shops at the Factory
Built in 1929; this stove-works factory maintains its rustic character while serving guests exciting shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Paint your custom pottery at Third Coast Clay, sift through old and new vinyl records at Luna Record Shop, or try a 100-layer donut at Five Daughters Bakery. The Factory has a little something for everyone.
Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival
Every year, thousands of people descend on historical Harlinsdale Farm just outside of downtown Franklin to hear their favorite artists on 200-acres of rolling horse farm. Since its inception in 2015, this festival has seen the likes of Willie Nelson, Jason Isbel, Steven Tyler, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, and Hall & Oates just to name a few. And this year will be tough to beat with Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder headlining. I can’t wait!
I think everyone deserves to create their unique version of Franklin, Tennessee and see it come to life. Go ahead and pick up your own Franklin Coloring Book at the Visit Franklin Visitor Center in downtown Franklin (corner of 4th and Main) or order online at visitfranklin.com/store.