Current Hotel Inventory
There are over 50 hotel properties totaling over 6,300 hotel rooms throughout Williamson County, with more than 4,500 rooms located in Franklin.
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES FRANKLIN COOL SPRINGS
The 124-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Franklin Cool Springs offers convenient access to downtown Franklin and is situated right across the street from the Cool Springs Galleria. Enjoy spending time on the rooftop patio, pool, or fitness center. Guests can unwind after a business meeting or fun day out in Franklin with comfortable rooms, an ideal location, and convenient amenities.
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 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
ATTRACTIONS & DEVELOPMENTS
COMPANY DISTILLING AT THOMPSON’S STATION
Formerly H Clark Distillery, Company Distilling opened its new signature blue doors in 2022 as part of a collaborative launch by some titans of the whiskey world, Heath Clark, Jeff Arnett (former master distiller of Jack Daniels), Kris Tatum (former master distiller of Old Forge), and others with the inspiration of gathering around with great company. Company Distilling has multiple locations in Tennessee, with the Thompson’s Station location focusing on the production of the brand’s award-winning Ghost Rail gin. Tours, along with tastings of Company’s signature whiskey, gin, and flavored spirits, are available daily, along with live music in the newly renovated outdoor space.
FIRSTBANK AMPHITHEATER AT GRAYSTONE QUARRY
FirstBank Amphitheater at Graystone Quarry opened in late 2021 and provides an amazing visual and acoustic experience for outdoor music events. It is built into the ground at the former home of a rock quarry created during the construction of Interstate 65. The world-class boutique amphitheater seats up to 7,500 attendees and attracts the biggest names in music, with LiveNation handling all bookings and catering to the VIP experience with intimate seating throughout the quarry and an elevated Southern food experience. The venue features 69 VIP Suites and 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 Rippa Villa 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.
1ST & MAIN
Newly completed 1st & Main is 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 has 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.
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 seven total hotel properties in development around Williamson County. One hotel property totaling 78 rooms is currently under construction, located in Franklin, with six additional properties accounting for over 1,400 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 spa, and a world-class dining experience from products grown on the farm, and a setting so beautiful and welcoming it could only be found in Franklin, Tennessee. Southall will be a place of gathering, connection, and nature, where guests are nurtured and nourished, inspired by innovation and education. The Southall founders believe curiosity leads to learning, learning leads to understanding, and understanding leads to new possibilities – culminating in a deep, meaningful experience for all.
ATTRACTIONS & DEVELOPMENTS
THE FACTORY AT FRANKLIN (RENOVATED)
The Factory at Franklin is undergoing an extensive renovation. The historic site is set for a refresh resulting in 80,000 square feet of retail (with many current tenants remaining), 80,000 square feet of dining, 80,000 square feet of office space, and 30,000 square feet of event and theater space. The reimagined Factory at Franklin property will feature a new Grand Hall, which will have a new bar as a focal point, flanked by various dining, beverage, and retail businesses. Renovations to the outdoor spaces of The Factory will add spaces around the iconic water tower—opening up a previously closed-off area to create a park-like atmosphere with added green space and outdoor seating directly below the landmark.
MCLEMORE HOUSE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM (RENOVATED)
The historic McLemore House & African-American Museum will reopen in 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.
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.
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.
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.