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Guided walking tours of historic downtown Franklin

Just minutes south of Nashville, Franklin  is often cited as one of the most beautiful downtowns in the South.  Southern Living Reader's Choice Awards named Franklin #5 Best Small Town in the South for 2009. The National Trust for Historic Preservation honored Franklin as one of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2009. For years visitors have come for the charm, often unaware of the rich past that lies just beneath the town's quaint Victorian surface.

More recently, however, visitors have been attracted by Franklin's important and sometimes gruesome history, a  history that is spotlighted in the Civil War novel The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks. The book, a 2005 New York Times  bestseller, centers on Carrie McGavock, the mistress of Carnton Plantation before, during and after the November 30, 1864  Battle of Franklin.

No better way to explore and understand a place...

Our daily Classic Franklin guided walking tour of our historic downtown is the perfect way to peek behind Franklin's charming exterior at the people and events that have shaped this delightful town. 

Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides will make your visit to historic Franklin an unforgettable experience, and, for fans of the The Widow of the South, introduce you to more of the town that provided the setting and some of the real people who provided the  inspiration for many of the characters in the novel.  

The Widow of the South Tour gives visitors a discount when the downtown Franklin walking tour is taken in conjunction with a tour of Historic Carnton Plantation

   Sally Carter, Confederate spy                                            

What they won't mention at the 

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The  Franklin of today is noted for its wholesomeness and gentility, but sordid tales of rape, murder, abortion, prostitution, bootlegging, murder for hire and more lie in the town's not-too-distant past. In addition, Confederate soldiers, steel magnolias, eccentric doyennes, suicidal businessmen and scandalous women all used to call Franklin home. 

After dark (and sometimes before, too) all of these long departed Franklinites have been known to make appearances in the buildings in downtown Franklin. Sometimes they don't show themselves, but their presence is felt nonetheless. For more information on our very popular ghost tours, click here.

Sallie Carter, pictured here, is one of the socialites rumored to haunt downtown Franklin. Described by a Union soldier as "one of the famous beauties of Middle Tennessee," Sallie surprised everyone with her daring and bravery during the Civil War.


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Ghosts of Franklin

Tennessee's Most Haunted Town

by Margie Thessin, Franklin on Foot's co-founder and -owner. Margie literally wrote the book on ghosts in Franklin! 168 pp., 50 photos, trade paperback, Internet special: just $14.95 (Regular price: $19.95) Click here to purchase.    

 Downtown Franklin and Franklin on Foot appeared in the New York Times recently. Click here for the story, then click on the second photo from the right.  

 Call 615-400-3808 for information and reservations. 

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