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Franklin On Foot explores the fascinating history and sometimes-scandalous past of this memorable town, now known for its authenticity and eclectic atmosphere. Join one of our dynamic tour guides as you delve into our rich heritage—either by foot or on two wheels. Most tours are offered daily by reservation. Call now at 615-400-3808 for information or to make your reservation.  

New! Segway Tours of Franklin! Call for more information. 

To schedule a tour or for more information:    

Call 615-400-3808.  If I don't answer right away, it's probably because I'm on tour and have the phone turned off. (I won't answer the phone during your tour either!) But I will get back with you as soon as possible.

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themargie@comcast.net

Margie Thessin, FOF

   

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SAVOR THE FLAVORS

 Downtown Franklin is home to over 20 locally-owned and operated restaurants, from fine dining to authentic Cajun and meat 'n threes. We'll visit six of our favorites, and you’ll get both a taste of the food and a helping of history. We were recently featured in Paula Deen's magazine too! Click here for more information or call 615-400-3808. Upcoming tours: Saturday, July 19 and 26, 2:00-5:00pm. Call for more dates and times.

Check out the videos below from Williamson Source and a big thank you for permission to use them.

 

A TOWN STEEPED IN HISTORY...

…with a contemporary vibe. Minutes south of Nashville, Franklin is recognized as one of the most beautiful cities in the South. The accolades have rolled in for Downtown Franklin with honors that include “Best Small Town in Tennessee,” “America’s Most Romantic Main Street,” “Best Southern Town” by Garden & Gun magazine and Southern Living’s #5 “Best Small Town in the South.”

OUR MOST POPULAR TOUR

...may haunt you! For years visitors have come for the charm, often unaware of what lies just beneath the town's quaint Victorian facade. Franklin is just crawlin’ with ghosts—and we’re the ones who know the stories behind each tragic tale. Franklin On Foot’s enthusiastic tour guides give you a glimpse into Franklin’s spirited past and leave you with an unforgettable experience! To learn more, click here. Tours are by reservation. Please call 615-400-3808 for more information or to make your reservation.

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 I wrote Ghosts of Franklin in 2008 because of the public's demand for more ghost stories! Read chilling accounts from all over Franklin, including the historic downtown and battlefield areas, house museums such as Lotz House and Carnton Plantation, as well as the privately-owned Harrison House and Cherry Manor. The stories are supported by eyewitnesses, many of whom allowed their real names to be used. 181 pp., trade paperback. Purchase at Heirloom Shop, Landmark Booksellers, Pucketts Restaurant, Carnton Plantation, Lotz House Museum, Gallery 202 in Franklin or the Old Curiosity Book Shoppe in Columbia or click here.

"What's impressive about this book is that the author actually interviewed and directly quotes the witnesses who experienced the hauntings, and also provides plenty of background information about the houses, shops, etc., in which the hauntings occurred. Her approach really draws the reader into these accounts, and makes for a very satisfying book." Internet review
 

 

Lizzie's War is my children's historical novel that explores life in Franklin during the Civil War from a child's perspective. The novel follows eight-year-old Lizzie Courtney's early life, from her idyllic childhood through the Battle of Franklin and aftermath when her world became wrought with chaos. The book shows how the Civil War affected the civilian population of the South. Many of the names--Carter, McGavock, Lotz, McEwen and Courtney--will be familiar to students of local history. Trade paperback, illustrated, 140 pp, $12.00.  Purchase at Lotz House, Heirloom Shop, Gallery 202, Carter House, Carnton Plantation, Landmark Booksellers and Puckett's Restaurant in Franklin, and The Old Curiosity Book Shoppe in Columbia, or here.

"Margie has thoughtfully captured the essence of Franklin’s Civil War history and written it in a way that children can understand it, appreciate it and learn from it."  J.T. Thompson, Executive Director, Lotz House