Franklin is a city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area and Middle Tennessee. It has been voted as one of the best places to live in the entire United States.
The city is home to health-care related businesses such as HealthSpring, Clarcor, Community Health Systems, Healthways, Home Instead Senior Care, MedSolutions Inc, and Renal Advantage Inc. In addition, Magazines.com, the Provident Music Group, World Christian Broadcasting, gas utility Atmos Energy’s Kentucky/Mid-States division, and Nissan’s North American headquarters are in Franklin.
Future development includes the construction in Dover Center of the North American headquarters of the Chinese manufacturer Triangle Tyre Company.
Franklin has benefited from its proximity to Nashville, whose growth has been a catalyst for this county seat as well. The Cool Springs area is a business, dining and shopping hub that has attracted several Fortune 500 companies.
The city is served by the Williamson County School District and the Franklin Special School District. Local private schools include Battle Ground Academy, Benton Hall School, the Classical Academy of Franklin, Franklin Christian Academy, Grace Christian Academy, Heritage Covenant School, Montessori School of Franklin, New Hope Academy, St. Matthews Catholic School, and Willow Hall Academy.
Main Street Festival
Franklin’s Main Street Festival involves artisans, four stages, two carnivals, and two food courts installed in the historic Franklin Square and Downtown District. Arts and crafts booths run from First to Fifth Avenue.
Pumpkinfest is an annual fundraiser for the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, held on the Saturday before Halloween. The holiday theme is carried through activities including music, children’s amusements, local artisans, and food.
Dickens of a Christmas
Dickens of a Christmas is celebrated every second week in December, attracting approximately 50,000 visitors yearly. It takes place in Historic Downtown Franklin. Costumed volunteers masquerade as figures from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Music and dancing are a big part of the festival, and local school and church musical groups often perform. Victorian cuisine is served to visitors, and an arts and crafts bazaar features prominently in Public Square.
In popular culture
ABC’s television show Nashville filmed many concert show segments at the Franklin Theatre. The Factory in Franklin hosts many public private musical performances. Performers such as Justin Bieber and Brad Paisley film music videos in Downtown Franklin.
Notable people include: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beil, Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, Scott Stapp, Vince Neil, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Robert Knight, Andrew Puzder, Dave Ramsey, TobyMac, Cal Turner Jr., Hayley Williams, Ben Zobrist, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Wynonna Judd, Bill Belichick, Donta Hightower, Lee Greenwood, Chris Carrabba, Bill Lee, Mike Wolfe, Bobby Beathard, Brandt Snedeker, Brett Hull, Demarco Murray, Jay Cutler and Kristen Cavalari