Franklin, Tennessee is only about 21 miles from Nashville so it’s easy to visit on a day trip from Nashville. I would have loved more time there to dive deeper. We’ll definitely make Franklin a stop when we visit Nashville again. Because that place is always on our travel list. 

1. Do a Civil War Home Tour at Carnton House

The tour shared the life of the McGavock family, their house and the trauma they went through in attending to the wounded, cleaning up the horror, burying the dead, and then trying to survive after the war was over as they lost a large amount of their wealth. 

2. Visit Downtown Franklin for Boutique Shopping

Downtown Franklin is a 16-block National Register district mix of historical and modern charm. It’s Main Street has antique shops, gift and book stores, trendy boutiques, art galleries, and Southern homes.

3. Lunchtime at The Factory

Not far from Main Street is The Factory at Franklin, 11 depression-era factory buildings which have been renovated to house restaurants, art galleries, working artisans and storefronts that showcase local culture. 

4. Explore Leipers Fork

Leipers Fork is not just a haven for musicians, but creators of any kind. It’s obvious by the row of galleries alongside the very small and cute country town main street. 

5. Drive over the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge , Natchez Trail Parkway

The Natchez Trail l was an important travel route for Native Americans and early European-American settlers. Today the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway roughly follows its path and passes a mile away from Leiper’s Fork. 

6. Attend Open Mic at Puckett’s Grocery

It’s known for its live music, authentic Southern food- classics like the meat-and-three and slow-smoked BBQ – and its home grown feel. At Puckett’s in Leipers Fork you can also get groceries and fill up your car. It’s been a community meeting point for over 60 years and still maintains that atmosphere.