Current Hotel Inventory
There are now 50 hotel properties totaling over 6,100 hotel rooms throughout Williamson County, with more than 4,000 rooms located in Franklin.
The Harpeth Hotel
The Harpeth Hotel, a Curio by Hilton property, is Franklin’s first boutique luxury hotel and offers sophisticated accommodations in the heart of downtown Franklin. Nestled between Second Avenue and the Harpeth River, guests will be within walking distance of Franklin’s beautiful historic Main Street shops, attractions, and eateries. Guests can enjoy 1799 Kitchen and Cocktails on the hotel property, an upscale, chef-driven restaurant featuring some of the area’s finest whiskey. Guests can also grab a cup of coffee or lunch at McGavock’s Coffee Bar and Provisions, a European-style street cafe. Guests will discover a clean, modern aesthetic with a nod to Franklin’s history and plenty of upscale amenities in the 119-room property. With 5,000 square feet of flexible, tech-forward meeting and event space, the Harpeth also offers the perfect place to host your next event.
The AC Brentwood is a 148-room property located in Brentwood’s business hub of Maryland Farms, close to the Hill Center, and just minutes from popular attractions like Crockett Park and Dyer Observatory. The hotel’s signature AC Lounge is home features carefully crafted signature cocktails and scenic views from their top floor bar, American Ace. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek hardwood floors, and modern essentials.
Tru by Hilton
The Tru by Hilton is a 135-room property located in Franklin’s business hub of Cool Springs, close to several local corporations’ headquarters, CoolSprings Galleria, and many great restaurants.
ATTRACTIONS & DEVELOPMENTS
FirstBank Amphitheater at Graystone Quarry
FirstBank Amphitheater at Graystone Quarry, opening in 2021, will provide an amazing visual and acoustic experience for outdoor music events, built into the ground at the former home of a rock quarry created during the construction of Interstate 65. The world-class boutique amphitheater will seat up to 7,500 attendees. It will attract the biggest names in music, with LiveNation handling all bookings and catering to the VIP experience with intimate seating throughout the quarry and elevated Southern food experience. There will be 69 VIP Suites, 24 VIP Boxes across the middle of the amphitheater, plus 18 cliff-side suites elevated and overlooking the stage.
“March to Freedom” USCT Statue
In a culmination of the community-led Fuller Story Project, a full-scale statue of a United States Colored Troops (USCT) soldier, titled “March to Freedom” was unveiled on the public square in downtown Franklin in a place of equal nobility across from the Confederate monument that already stands in the public square. Tennessee native Joe F. Howard sculpted the statue that sits outside the historic courthouse steps where between 1863 and 1865, over 300 Williamson County men, most of whom were escaped slaves, joined the Union army. The statue honoring USCT soldiers, at the time of its unveiling was only the sixth of its kind in the United States, and the only one located on a town’s public square.
The Fuller Story historic markers
Franklin’s history is a complex one that includes much more than just the Civil War battle that took place here. The full story of Franklin’s history is that some events and occurrences happened in its public square and its downtown area, particularly denigrating to the black citizens of the time, which would be considered wholly unacceptable in modern society. While not a positive history or source of pride for Franklin, these events cannot be overlooked as if they never happened. After a community-led effort to tell “The Fuller Story,” five markers have been placed around the town square and in the roundabout that encircles the confederate statue in downtown Franklin. The two markers surrounding the public square on the roundabout share the story of the Battle of Franklin and the statue at the center of it, along with one describing the market house that stood on the square in the early years of Franklin’s founding which was used for the purchasing and selling of human beings. Three other historical markers can be found around the public square outside the historic courthouse detailing reconstruction, the riot of 1867, and the local involvement of U.S. Colored Troops.
Civil War site Rippavilla is now part of the Battle of Franklin Trust and can be visited individually or as part of a three-house package called “The Tennessee Campaign” that grants access and tours to Rippavilla, Carnton, and Carter House. Rippavilla is home to a Greek Revival-style mansion, separate outbuildings from 1851, an 1850’s barn, a family and slave cemetery, plus a Freedmen’s Bureau school. In 1864, history landed in the backyard of Rippavilla as the Battle of Spring Hill was fought in the fields surrounding the house. Classic house tours, lasting roughly an hour, are available, as are specialty tours including a Battlefield Tour, Extended Tour, Slavery & Enslaved Tour, and more.
Along the same city block at The Harpeth Hotel, Harpeth Square is a mixed-use development that includes luxury apartments, retail, and restaurants. Notable tenants at Harpeth Square include Franklin Bakehouse, The NOW Massage, Olivia Olive Oil Company, and Italian restaurant Culaccino.
Hill Center Brentwood
Phase One of Hill Center Brentwood is complete, with over 237,000-square-feet of office, retail, and restaurant space. Phase Two of Hill Center Brentwood will add 196,000-square-feet to the development, anchored by a 141-room AC Hotel by Marriott. In total, phase one included 25 retail shops and restaurants in the completion of phase one, such as local favorites Puffy Muffin, Peace Love & Little Donuts, Uncle Julio’s, Maple Street Biscuit Company, and Hot Pink Brentwood.
What’s Coming Soon
Current Hotel Development
There are 16 total hotel properties in development around Williamson County. Two hotel properties totaling 249 rooms are currently under construction, all located in Franklin, with 14 additional properties accounting for 3,520 additional rooms in the planning and review stages.
The 325-acre Southall Farms, opening in 2022, will be a luxurious getaway just minutes outside of downtown Franklin, featuring an Inn, private cabins, a world-class dining experience from products grown on the farm, a spa, and a setting so beautiful and welcoming it could only be found in Franklin, Tennessee.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
The Fairfield Inn & Suites will be a 171-room property by Marriott, that will be located in Franklin’s business hub of Cool Springs, close to several local corporations’ headquarters, CoolSprings Galleria, and many great restaurants.
ATTRACTIONS & DEVELOPMENTS
McLemore House African-American Museum (Renovated)
The historic McLemore House & African-American Museum will reopen in the spring of 2022 after a $125,000 renovation of both the interior and exterior. It was the home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who became a successful farmer. The McLemore House dates from 1880 and includes Colonial Revival architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For generations, from 1880 to 1997, it was owned by the McLemore family, before being saved from demolition by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County.
The House is now a museum, the McLemore House African-American Museum, and will reopen to regular tours in spring 2022.
Mixed-use development McEwen Northside combines 750,000-square-feet of office space with 100,000-square-feet of restaurants and retail locations and the 150-room Spring Hill Suites Marriott to create a walkable, urban community in the heart of Cool Springs. Mixed amongst the interactive green spaces are notable local favorite restaurants Just Love Coffee Cafe, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Vintage Vine 100, and Tiff’s Treats, among more.
1st & Main
When completed, 1st & Main will be a 40,000 square-foot mixed-use development located at the intersection of First Avenue South and Main Street, located in the heart of downtown Franklin. The two-story complex will have 5,200 square feet of retail space and 5,000 square-fee of restaurant and outdoor patio space, along with up to 22,000 square feet of office space.
Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens
O’More College of Design’s former home, the five-acre campus in downtown Franklin that includes two 19th-century homes, will be transformed into Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens. When completed, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens will house historical and art collections, a Center for Innovation for entrepreneurs in partnership with Williamson, Inc., multiple event spaces, a conservatory, and various scenic gardens.
Peacock Hill Nature Park
The newest park in Williamson County, the 255-acre Peacock Hill Nature Park, will open in the fall of 2021 in the College Grove Community. Peacock Hill will feature up to eight miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, multiple ponds, and multiple incredible scenic overlook views.
Carter House Visitor Center
The Carter House, one of three historical museums on the battlefield of the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin, will construct a new visitor center near its current visitor center and museum. Like its sister property, Carnton, the Carter House visitor center will feature a museum and orientation center.