Historic Franklin

Historic Downtown Franklin is special for several reasons. First, it’s listed on The National Register of Historic Places. Second, it’s recognized by the National Trust as a Great American Main Street. Third, it’s one of the finest examples of well-preserved American communities. We could go on and on with this little list, but the bottom line is this little nook of Franklin is one heck of an awesome place.

For a district so steep in history with its collection of wonderfully preserved buildings, Historic Franklin is buzzing with youthful energy. Homegrown shops, restaurants, art galleries, and other gems wait in this trendy area.

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Downtown Franklin Real Estate

Real estate in Historic Downtown Franklin is an interesting mix of old and new. Here, you’ll find single-family residences, historic mansions with wonderful period details, and estate homes that exude Southern charm. Real estate properties with significant acreage are also available.

Historic Franklin is littered with real estate treasures that are sure to excite the inner architecture and history enthusiast in you. Dominant styles in the area include Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, and Gothic Revivals. Historic homes in the area were built from the late 19th century to the 1950s. If a historic home is not for you, Historic Franklin also has a nice selection of new constructions that still fit well with the overall ambiance of the old district.


The Lotz House – The historic Lotz House once served as the home of the Lotz Family. Now a civil war house museum, the building is an impressive example of Johann Albert Lotz’s skill in carpentry and design. Hand carved acorn finials, cartouches, and millwork found throughout the historic structure were all constructed by Johann Lotz, who purchased the land the Lotz House was built on 1855.

Carnton Plantation – Built in 1826 by Randal McGavock, a former Nashville mayor, the Carnton Plantation is open for guided tours daily. Though it has suffered years of disrepair and neglect, the sprawling property is now restored to its full glory.

The Franklin Theater Enjoy a night out with family and friends at the revered Franklin Theater. The popular venue has been around since the 1930s and it has been a Franklin favorite ever since. From movies to live music entertainment, the Franklin Theater is one community institution you shouldn’t forget to visit.

What’s it like living in Historic Franklin?

  • One of the many reasons why this historic district is alive with youthful energy is its annual lineup of festivals. With spring comes the Main Street Festival, while summer is all about the much-awaited Fourth of July celebrations. PumpkinFest happens every October, while veterans are remembered every November on the Veterans Day Parade. Come December, Historic Franklin celebrates Dickens of a Christmas.
  • Historic Franklin is home to a thriving art scene. Artists and art lovers alike gather every first Friday of each month for an “art crawl” throughout the district. Aside from being a free event, it’s a great way to connect with locals and celebrate local artistic talent.
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