Gallery Director Notes
Downtown Franklin is among America's best examples of outstanding historic preservation. Travel along brick sidewalks and among an idyllic collection of Victorian architecture in this 16-block National Register district. Come enjoy year-round events and Franklin's authentic, inclusive and eclectic sense of community. The City of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin. For most of its first 180 years, Franklin was a tranquil, small county Cannonsseat. In the years prior to the Civil War, Williamson County was one of the wealthiest counties in Tennessee and Franklin the center of plantation economy. Two Presidents made visits to Franklin and three Secretaries of War were from the immediate area. Franklin is a unique blend of history and progress. You'll find the best of both worlds here: small-town charm and big-city sophistication.