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Franklin and the unique communities of Williamson County are located approximately 17 miles south of downtown Nashville in the heart of Middle Tennessee, a scenic and cultural treasure of beautiful rolling countryside woven intricately with quaint small towns, metropolitan landscapes and a rich heritage of traditions. We appreciate and celebrate our heritage, beauty, traditions and distinct communities and we invite you to experience all we have to offer. 
Stop by and get to know us a little better!
Yes, we're known for our historic attractions surrounding the Battle of Franklin which took place November 30, 1864, resulting in one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War leaving more than 9,000 dead or wounded in five hours of fierce fighting. Over the years, we've carefully preserved the lands, buildings and stories related to the Battle of Franklin, most notably at Carnton Plantation, Carter House, Lotz House and McLemore House where visitors can experience guided tours that interpret these memorable events. There are other significant historical sites throughout Williamson County as well.
What makes us unique? 

Franklin is rooted in the Americana experience – where you'll find a Great American Main Street, music of all genres, a deep sense of history and an abundance of Southern inspiration.


  • Williamson County was established in 1799 and named for Dr. Hugh Williamson.
  • Williamson County has six incorporated cities - Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, Nolensville, Spring Hill, Thompson's Station - and several communities including the Village of Leiper's Fork.
  • Franklin's Main Street is designated as a "Great American Main Street" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway is the 8th most visited National Park in the country.
  • The Green House is the oldest remaining African American house in downtown Franklin built in 1906.
  • The Masonic Hall on 2nd Avenue (est. 1809) is the old continuously operated Lodge in Tennessee.
  • The Carter House office building is the most bullet-riddled building still standing from the Civil War.
  • In 1938, the Franklin Theatre opened as the first air-conditioned building in town.
  • The CoolSprings Galleria is the largest mall in Middle Tennessee.
  • Population Stats:
  1. Williamson County: 212,000
  2. Franklin (county seat): 72,639
  3. Brentwood: 41,763
  4. Spring Hill: 36,055
  5. Fairview: 8,331
  6. Nolensville: 6,939