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Children’s Tours

The idea for Franklin on Foot came from Heritage Classroom program's Downtown Walking Tour, so we love kids and know how to make our tours and programs meaningful for them.  We've got fun activities for girl scouts, based on the old Listening to the Past Try-It and Local Lore badge. But you don't have to be a girl scout to enjoy these programs. All children will enjoy our I Spy Downtown Franklin program. 

For younger girls

We'll begin in the old city cemetery where we'll examine old tombstones and draw our favorite gravestone. Then it's down to Franklin's town square to learn about old buildings, hear some fascinating stories, and play a bit of I Spy. We'll be together for about an hour.

For older girls

We'll explore the town and learn about the different architectural styles in some of the buildings in Franklin, as well as stories of some of Franklin's most interesting women. This program takes about one hour.

Each program costs $9.00 per participating scout, with no charge for non-participating siblings or leaders.

The tours are scheduled by the troop leader at the troop's convenience. At the end of the tour each girl will receive a downtown Franklin patch.

Children love the “I Spy” program...and so do their parents

Either buy the I Spy booklet or call with your group of 10 or more and we’ll lead your tour. There’s no charge for adult leaders or parents who accompany. At the end each child receives a nifty Franklin patch. $11.00. Purchase the I Spy booklet at Landmark Booksellers, 114 E. Main St., or Handy Hardware, 731 Columbia Ave.  

Have you read Lizzie’s War?

Written by Franklin on Foot's owner Margie Thessin, the historical novel centers on a Franklin youngster named Lizzie Courtney whose divided family lived in Franklin before, during and after the Civil War. Based on real Franklin families such as McGavock, Carter, Lotz, Cliffe, Figuers and Courtney, the book brings the past to life and is used by many Williamson County schools to teach the Civil War to 5th graders.

 Our Lizzie's War tour will show you the exact locations where the events took place in the book.

Lizzie's War is available for sale at Landmark Booksellers, Puckett's Grocery, Lotz House museum, Rippaville Plantation, Carnton Plantation and Carter House. $12. 

Call for details: 615-400-3808


Margie Thessin serves as teacher for the programs offered by the Heritage Classroom Program.

Due to the generosity of the Heritage Foundation and its donors, these programs are available free of charge to Williamson County public, private and home school students and their teachers. Charges apply for parents who choose to chaperone. The following programs are available for the 2017-18 school year.

For more information on any of the classroom programs or to book a
presentation or tour,
call 615-400-3808

In-Classroom Programs

All in-classroom programs are free.


Students will learn about the "good old days" by examining common pre-1900 objects and trying to figure out what they are.
30 minutes | All grades 

 Where We Live

A power point presentation about the colorful history of Williamson County. Witty, interesting stories make the past come alive. “Then and now" photos compare the Franklin/Brentwood/Williamson County of yesteryear with today.

The Battle of Franklin

A riveting presentation about the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War. Students will understand major differences between the North and the South as well as battlefield tactics and the events leading up to and surrounding the Battle of Franklin. One hour. Third grade and up.



Field Trips

The Walking Tour is partially covered by the Heritage Foundation grant.

Elementary and middle school students pay: $2
High school students $7.

Walking Tour

A 90-minute walking tour of historic downtown Franklin.

The tour covers some of the most historic buildings in town and some of the people and events that shaped Franklin's history. This tour is often taken by students in third or fourth grade, but any class studying American history and particularly the Civil War will find it fascinating. We can tailor it to meet the special interests of your group.
90 minutes | 2nd grade & up

“I Spy” Downtown Franklin

A scavenger hunt for the eyes.

This hands-on field trip takes students around the public square and down Main Street in Franklin, as they count and identify architectural details on a number of buildings and make a brass or marble rubbing.
1 hour | all grades


“Margie--Thanks so much for the awesome presentation. I learned a lot and the children were thoroughly engaged. We have lived in Franklin almost 20 years and knew some of the history but I can’t wait to go exploring some more. I loved your comment to my class at the end when one of my boys asked you, “How did you know so much?” and your response was exactly what we hope the children become---lifelong learners”

-Diane C.., Edmonson Elementary, Brentwood


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