Downtown Franklin, Tennessee – A Distinctive Destination

Posted on: June 3rd, 2009 by Farin Salahuddin 2 Comments

Over the next few months, the staff of the National Preservation Conference will be blogging about their experiences during their pre-conference site visit trip to Nashville. Register now for the 2009 conference, which  will take place October 13-19.

Carnton Plantation

Carnton Plantation

Franklin's lazy, southern charm is the perfect compliment to Nashville's sparkle and energy.  But Franklin wasn't always a glowing model of small city life.  It once was the site of a bloody civil war battle that is said to have been the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. Come and see how Franklin's bloody past and prosperous present are mingled in the streetscape, shops and boutiques.

Top 5 reasons to visit Franklin, Tennessee

1.       Included in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of 2009's Distinctive Destinations.

2.       Winner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's first ever Great American Main Street Award in 1995.

3.       Carter House, a National Registered Landmark and a significant reminder of the Battle of Franklin.

Dessert (well, actually, desserts) at Pucketts.

Dessert (well, actually, desserts) at Pucketts.

4.       Historic Carnton Plantation, home of the New York Times bestseller, Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks (Hicks will be our Friday Night Special Lecture speaker).

5.       Delicious Southern cooking!  Enjoy the sweet and savory delights of Puckett's Grocery and a number of other tasty vittles along Main Street.

Franklin is a sparkling example of many preservation efforts including land conservation, battlefield reclamation and the revitalization and maintenance of a vibrant main street.  Register for this field session and see what all the fuss is about!

(This field session is offered on Wednesday, Oct 14 and Friday, Oct 16)

Farin Salahuddin is a conference coordinator of the National Preservation Conference.  Farin's interests include photographing her food at restaurants.

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2 Responses

  1. Kristi Martin

    June 30, 2009

    I enjoyed reading your story about our neighbors in Franklin, TN and would like to invite you to visit Historic Downtown Columbia, TN which is one of the first original TN Main Street communities and home of the 11th President, James K. Polk, and site of the newly established Polk Presidential Hall. If I can be of any assistance to you over the months leading up to the October conference, please do not hesitate to contact me.
    Sincerely,
    Kristi Martin
    Executive Director
    Columbia Main Street
    (931) 388-3647

  2. Dwayne Whitman

    July 2, 2009

    See the most interesting and truly unique O’More College of Design on South Margin, Downtown Franklin. An American landmark college of design.

    Dwayne Whitman
    Washington, DC