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article imagePhoto Essay: Steeped in history, downtown Franklin is visual joy Special

By Greta McClain     Feb 24, 2013 in Travel
Franklin - The city of Franklin is rich in history, nature, eclectic store fronts and entertainment, with Historic Downtown Franklin being its centerpiece. The aesthetic beauty of the buildings and surroundings makes it a visual joy for photographers and tourists.
Located 15 miles south of Nashville, the city of Franklin was founded in 1799. It is a city rich in history, being the first city to have a Masonic Lodge in Tennessee, which also happens to be the first three-story building in the state. It is also the site of the historic 1864 Battle of Franklin.
The battle saw Confederate Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood march his 20,00 some odd Army of Tennessee soldiers from Florence, Alabama to Franklin, putting him in between Union Army regiments in Pulaski and Nashville. The plan was to attack on two fronts, engaging both the Union Army in Nashville, as well as attacking the the troops in Pulaski. The plan met with a devastating defeat however, leading to 6,252 casualties, including the loss of fourteen Confederate generals and 55 regimental commanders.
Historical marker for the Battle of Franklin cemetery
Historical marker for the Battle of Franklin cemetery
Civil War Battle of Franklin Monument erected in 1899
Civil War Battle of Franklin Monument erected in 1899
This Civil War Battle of Franklin Monument sit in the center of Franklin  Tennessee s  town square.
This Civil War Battle of Franklin Monument sit in the center of Franklin, Tennessee's town square.
Inscription on the Civil War Battle of Franklin Monument
Inscription on the Civil War Battle of Franklin Monument
Historic Downtown Franklin is known for its brick sidewalks and renovated historic buildings, filled with a mix of restaurants, antique shops and professional services.
Historic buildings have been renovated in downtown Franklin  now home to restaurants  shops and othe...
Historic buildings have been renovated in downtown Franklin, now home to restaurants, shops and other businesses.
The historic architecture of businesses in downtown Franklin have been preserved.
The historic architecture of businesses in downtown Franklin have been preserved.
Many of the business owners try to keep the historic feel of the shops, often displaying antiques in their store front, as is the case with the Accounting business.
These antique fire extinguisher  typewriters and adding machine sit in the store front of an account...
These antique fire extinguisher, typewriters and adding machine sit in the store front of an accountants office in downtown Franklin.
Franklin is also home to many historic churches. The Historic Downtown Presbyterian Church was founded by Gideon Blackburn in 1811. The church has survived many trials, including damage during the Civil War and a devastating fire in 1905.
This marker gives a brief summery of the history of the Historic Downtown Presbyterian Church.
This marker gives a brief summery of the history of the Historic Downtown Presbyterian Church.
The Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church sits in the heart of downtown at the corner of 5th and Mai...
The Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church sits in the heart of downtown at the corner of 5th and Main.
Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church
Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church
Just a block away sits the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the first Protestant Episcopal Church in Tennessee. Founded on August 27, 1827, the church is known as the "Mother Church" of the Diocese of Tennessee. During the Battle of Franklin, the church was used as a hospital by Union soldiers and Confederate soldiers. Following the battle, little remained of the church other then the thick exterior walls. In 1869, the church was restored into the beautiful sanctuary it is today.
Franklin  Tennessee s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church historical marker
Franklin, Tennessee's St. Paul’s Episcopal Church historical marker
The view as you walk into St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin  TN
The view as you walk into St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, TN
A view of the pipe organ pipes at the rear of the Sanctuary in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
A view of the pipe organ pipes at the rear of the Sanctuary in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
The alter at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin  TN
The alter at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, TN
The alter and lectern at Franklin Tennessee s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
The alter and lectern at Franklin Tennessee's St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
A detailed view of the lectern in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
A detailed view of the lectern in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
The beautiful dark wood and gorgeous stain glass windows add to the beauty of this historic church.
The rear of the church features three beautiful stained glass windows.
The rear of the church features three beautiful stained glass windows.
One of many beautiful stained glass windows in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
One of many beautiful stained glass windows in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
One of many beautiful stained glass windows in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
One of many beautiful stained glass windows in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church stained glass window
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church stained glass window
Whether you are a history buff, an avid shopper, foodie or connoisseur of historic architecture, any traveler will love the beautiful sights of historic Downtown Franklin.
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