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Franklin on Foot has been featured on numerous television shows, including:

Southern Haunts (seen by over 1.4 million PBS viewers), Tennessee Crossroads, Turner South Blue Ribbon, Best Haunted House, Talk of the Town, and many others. We have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Tennessean, WSMV-TV, Channel 4 in Nashville, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Williamson A.M., Williamson Herald and many others. 

A Ghostly Trip: Travel through Franklin's historical haunts with ghost tours

The Tennessean, 2016

Just before the strike of seven on the old Williamson County courthouse in downtown Franklin, a curious crowd amassed before the Doric columns for a historic walking tour with a twist--a look into Franklin's ghostly past. 

Fall into Fun with Franklin on Foot ghost tours

The Tennessean, 2016

Franklin on Foot will show you ghost any time of the year, but Halloween is the best. 

Entrepreneur embraces walking, with stories

The Point, 2015

Margie Thessin gave up the law for mayhem, murder and other scenes that she brings to life through her Franklin on Foot walking tours.

Writers Chronicle Battle of Franklin for future generations

Williamson Herald, 2014

Lizzie’s War, by author Margie Thessin, is written from a child’s perspective.

Franklin on Foot founder Margie Thessin collected numerous stories about the haunted homes of Franklin in her book Ghosts of Franklin.

Quaint Franklin, Tenn, still shows battle scars

Chicago Tribune, 2014

…Still more engaging stories await on the walking tours offered by the firm Franklin on Foot. You’ll hear about a woman who spied for the Confederates, carrying messages inside the corncob stopper of a whiskey jug. Another story centers on a slave, freed but then forced to purchase his own family to keep them from being sold to someone else.

Tennessee Top 10 Things To Do

Trekaroo Kids. Trips. Tips, 2013

Making history come alive, Franklin, TN offers a plethora of tours and events that allow for interactive history lessons. Franklin on Foot offers a Classic Franklin tour to learn the history of the town, a Civil War tour that shows the war “through the eyes of civilians and soldiers,” and even a Haunted Franklin tour in the evening for those looking for a little scare.

Travel + Leisure Names Franklin one of America's Favorite Towns

Williamson Herald, 2013

The publication ranked Franklin as #18 on the "America's Best Towns for Halloween"--citing the  tour company Franklin on Foot's actor-led ghost tours and the Lotz House Civil War museum as viable reasons to journey to Franklin for the fall holiday. Poll results also show that readers voted Franklin the #7 "Friendliest Town in America."

Heritage Classroom: Hands on Passage to the Past

Williamson Herald, 2013

With the goal of bringing local history to schoolchildren, the Heritage Foundation began providing funding in 1983 for a teacher and a Heritage Classroom.

"Children need to know about where they live--they need to know what happened in their own backyard," said Margie Thessin, Heritage Classroom teacher.

Hungry for History Southern Hospitality Food Tour starts with salad, ends with dessert

Williamson A.M., 2012

For the indecisive types who just can't decide where to go out to eat, Margie Thessin has the solution: take the Southern Style Food Tour in downtown Franklin and sample the fare from six restaurants. 

Franklin on Foot Southern Food Tours Take a walk and sample local cuisine

Tennessean, 2012

Margie Thessin, owner of Franklin on Foot recently added something new to her list of offering, and I'm more than a little excited about it. The Franklin Food Tour visits six eateries that serve up dishes reflecting the restaurant's taste and the theme of the tour, Southern food. Throughout the tour, Margie gives a little background and history of the dishes sampled. . . Ah yes, that delicious corn cake. I certainly won't forget that little piece of heaven any time soon.

Faces of Franklin: Margie Thessin of Franklin on Foot

Williamson Herald, 2012

Franklin on Foot provides a special blend of education and entertainment for Downtown Franklin, offering more than a dozen tours that cater to a wide range of ages and interests. Margie Thessin leads many of the tours herself, and you’ve probably seen her around town: in front of the oldest Greek revival building in the state with a gang of Girl Scouts or standing over stones in Rest Haven Cemetery, telling the story of the unknown Civil War soldier. She’s become a familiar face outside of downtown buildings and an expert storyteller, putting her special stamp on Franklin’s history for each group.

Franklin on Foot launches bike tour company

Williamson Herald, 2012

Franklin on Foot is on the move again--this time on two wheels. The company will offer small, guide-led bicycle groups and short-term rentals. Owner Margie Thessin's decision to expand comes 9 years after she founded Franklin on Foot. "I wanted to open up another opportunity for those interested in exploring the area's history and beauty. This expands the geographical area we can cover in a reasonable time. We'll see the historic sites of downtown Franklin but will also be able to stray off the beaten path."

Haunted Houses, Trails Scare up a Scream or Two

Williamson A.M., 2011

The Lotz House, completed in 1858, was dubbed the "second-most terrifying place in America" the Travel Channel last October. "I personally don't find it terrifying," says Margie Thessin, owner of Franklin on Foot, who leads the tours. "It doesn't bother me. But I went into telling these stories as a skeptic and came out a believer."

I Spy Franklin -- Margie Thessin fosters love of city's history

Williamson Herald, 2011

On any given day Margie Thessin finds herself being followed in the streets of Franklin – and she is only too happy to be in that position. The owner of Franklin on Foot can be heard delivering a live history lesson to visitors and residents alike as she strolls through Franklin, sometimes in period garb and sometimes in more modern day weather-appropriate clothing.

Walking tour for kids stresses town details

Williamson A.M., 2011

"This is a really fun way to capture children's imaginations with what makes history so interesting," said Margie Thessin. Participants are encouraged by the guidebook to find interesting and unusual architectural details, such as stars, owls and one keystone, to draw a picture of their favorite church steeple, make granite and brass rubbings, count objects and find names and dates on buildings.

Living History

Southern Exposure, 2011

...Local Walking tour company Franklin on Foot offers Civil War tours, including the homes and cemeteries and stories one might not see and hear elsewhere in town. Owner Margie Thessin and tour guide Lisa Patton focus on the Civil War experience from the civilian perspective, the tales of occupation and spies and the first Battle of Franklin in 1863. They tell of how the war divided families, brother against sister, mother against son.

Gentry Points

The New York Times, 2009

The Confederacy's bloodiest battle was fought in the area and Woods says, "rumor has it that the ghosts of the departed roam Main Street and Third Avenue." To commune with the spirits, Franklin on Foot offers ghost tours...."

 Murder and Mayhem and Ghosts, OH MY

Southern Exposure Magazine, 2009

You never know what you might see or hear in downtown Franklin after dark. After 200 years, a place gains some character, and old Franklin wasn't always the postcard version we know today. There's been plenty of violence and unseemly behavior over the years, and some former residents are alleged to remain here in spirit to testify to such. But if you see a woman in a hoopskirt carrying a lantern after sunset on the square, it's likely not a ghost. Margie Thessin and
Rene Evans run Franklin on Foot, a company that specializes in historical walking tours of the downtown historic area. Dressed in period attire, they offer a glimpse into local history--stories of the people and places that shaped the development of the town.

Tour guide writes book on local hauntings

Williamson A.M., 2008

Those who've taken Franklin on Foot's ghost tours now can bring the spooky happenings to their bookcase. Margie Thessin, co-founder of the local walking tour company, is the author of a new book, Ghosts of Franklin, Tennessee's Most Haunted Town. Within the 10 chapters of the book, possible spirits are uncovered at battlefield sites and historic properties such as the Harrison House and the Lotz House. Many of the ghost stories circle around Carnton Plantation, Widow of the South mistress Carrie McGavock's home that was turned into a Civil War hospital.

 Did you see that? Franklin's ghosts revealed in new book

Williamson Herald, 2008

According to credible sources, soldiers haunt the grounds and buildings that were used as hospitals during and after the Battle of Franklin. "I don't know how to explain these mysterious phenomena people describe in such detail, but I do know what they're not. They're not the delusions of the insane, the product of an overactive imagination or the power of suggestion," said Margie Thessin, author of Ghosts of Franklin. "Most of the time we really don't know who the ghost is. Sometimes it's just a sense--a smell out of place or time, or a noise when there shouldn't be one. " 

Some of our Friends/Links

 Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, dedicated to preserving the architectural, geographic and cultural   heritage of our area.

Downtown Franklin Association, for shopping, dining and entertainment in Franklin.  

 The Nashville Convention and Visitors' Corp. for help planning your visit to Nashville...and Franklin. 

 Tennessee Vacation Guide for help planning your trip to the Volunteer State...including Franklin.

 Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin.

 Historic Carnton Plantation, antebellum plantation, field hospital and Confederate cemetery, and the setting for The Widow of the South.

Carter House was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

 Gallery 202  is located in one of downtown Franklin's most historic properties, the circa 1821 Clouston Hall. The gallery   represents over 35 local, regional and national artists.

TNguy, "The most thorough source of Tennessee travel information on the planet."  

 The Battle of Franklin, best blog on the subject. 

 Save the Franklin Battlefield, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Civil War sites in Williamson County. 

Civil War Trust is the oldest and most effective organization dedicated to preserving American Civil War battlefields. 

 Landmark Booksellers, the coolest bookstore for miles around, specializing in rare, out-of-print and used books. 

 Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast, in Franklin's historic district, the Magnolia House is convenient, comfy with a sumptuous breakfast. Robbie and Jimmy will make your stay memorable.

Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Franklin/Cool Springs Save 20% off of our Best Available Rate, Reservations subject to availability. Reservations made easy at Hilton Garden Inn. Just five miles from historic downtown Franklin.

The Brentwood, a classic bed and breakfast in beautiful Brentwood, Tennessee.

 The Natchez Trace The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway commemorates an ancient trail that connected southern portions of the Mississippi River, through Alabama, to salt licks in today's central Tennessee. 

Downtown Nashville Hilton Hotel  

 Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

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