Shopping on Historic Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee

Shopping on Historic Main Street in Franklin, Tennessee

On my recent trip to the Nashville area, I was housesitting and decided to explore the local area. Franklin, Tennessee was only 15 minutes from the house where I was staying, so I decided to spend a few hours checking out the downtown area.

The original town was developed in 1799 and was composed of 16 blocks centered around a 2-acre public square. The Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Over 300 commercial and residential buildings lie within the district.

A few of my favorites for shopping and dining are:

Tin Cottage – offers locally made items with a lot of different variety. Also a great place to pick up a souvenir from the area.

Tin Cottage Franklin Tennessee

Merridee’s Bakery & Restaurant – a great place to grab a meal or a pie, cookie or other baked treat.

Merridee's Bakery & Restaurant Franklin Tennessee

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant – the atmosphere here will make you want to grab a table no matter the time of day. The southern cooking will have you wanting to take some home or come back for another meal.

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

White’s Mercantile – So many items within this store and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time with some of their retro offerings. Something for everyone on your list here and those not on your list as well.

White's Mercantile Franklin Tennessee

Start your adventure in Franklin Tennessee at the Visitor’s Center where they can provide maps and recommendations on shopping, restaurants and various activities offered in downtown. The friendly staff are excited about their city and will welcome you with southern charm.

Franklin Tennessee Visitors Center

Ask about the Makers & Masters Trail as well as the Sweet Treats Trail. Both will provide in-depth adventures depending on your tastebuds. Explore the Masters & Makers Trail that winds through the scenic beauty of Williamson County countryside. Visit with masters of making wine, beer, and spirits along this trail. Visit 4 of the 5 stops and return your passport for a prize at the visitors center. Upon completion of my passport, I received a t-shirt and Christmas ornament.

The Sweet Treats Trail features the best desserts in Williamson County. Taste why Franklin is among Travel Channel’s “Top 10 Places in teh World for People with a Sweet Tooth!”

For more to see and do in the Nashville area, visit our USA Travel page.

Franklin Visitor’s Center is located at 400 Main Street, Suite 130. You can also reach them by phone at (615) 591-8514 or visit their website.

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