Around Town


In May of 1995, Franklin was honored as one of the best downtown areas in the nation when it received one of five “Great American Main Street” awards in the first year of an annual competition held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, accolades have included the “Best Small Town in Tennessee,” “America’s Most Romantic Main Street” and “One of America’s Greatest Antique Destinations,” among others. In May 2012, Franklin was ranked #4 on‘s Best Places to Visit for Historic Preservation. 

Any time is perfect for a visit, but we have fun, free events throughout the year – major festivals and happenings that have attracted visitors from all over the world. From Franklin’s Art Scene on the first Friday of each month to two street festivals consistently named as among the best in the Southeast (Main Street Festival and Dickens of a Christmas), there’s always opportunities to have fun in Franklin.

You can meet our Downtown Franklin Asssociation merchants and explore Main Street through virtual tours… but the best way to experience it is in person. Small business can’t survive on virtual visits–so come see us. You’re part of what makes downtown Franklin “America’s Favorite Main Street!”