We could tell
you we provide great tours (and write great books), but we'll let our guests tell you
Review Franklin on Foot on TripAdvisor
"Margie--I just wanted to thank you for
your latest book Lizzie's War. It was a wonderful read. I wish I
had this book when I first started working at the visitor center this
summer to give me a basic understanding about the Battle of Franklin
from the beginning. Reading about the battle from a child’s perspective
was entrancing. I couldn’t tear myself away from it. Lizzie’s war
painted a picture of the Battle of Franklin in a way I’ve never thought
of. It opened up a whole new realization for me of not only what the
soldiers and adults had to endure but the impact left upon children as
well. Thank you very much for the gift and for the wonderful tale"--
Mary Jane Pope, Visitor Information Specialist, Williamson County
Visitor Information Center
"I learned more
history on your tour than in four years at William and Mary in Colonial
"Thanks for the photo and for a
wonderful and informative tour. You made the history real by connecting
it to the present." Ernie V. Campbell, Franklin
"My daughter, Penny, and I had the
pleasure of doing two of the Franklin on Foot tours and they were
excellent! The Ghost Tour at night was a delight. Anna, our tour guide,
brought the "ghosts" to life with her facts and humor! We look forward
to going on another tour with her!Our historic Franklin tour was led by a gifted author, Lisa Patton (you
must read her book, "Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor"Easter") Lisa has a
beautiful 'Southern charm' about her and made our tour so interesting
that we look forward to another one with her!
Margie Thessin, thank you for Franklin on Foot and your intriguing book
on "Ghosts of Franklin" Can't wait to visit your friendly city again!"
Carolyn P., Wichita, KS
"I came on the ghost
tour because some of the ladies from church were going, and truthfully,
I wasn’t sure about it. But since the ghost tour,
you’ve gotten me intrigued about my history, and I’ve started
looking into my family’s past. I really appreciate it now." Angie
From Facebook after
an I Spy tour: "Thanks for a wonderful tour that was educational and
fun. I love what you and your team do for our town." Karen, Franklin.
From TripAdvisor review of Lotz House:
"Our tour of the Lotz
House was the best tour
I've ever been on! We
started out on Friday
night (June 3rd) with a
ghost tour of the house.
Our guide, Margie, was
excellent. She made us
so comfortable, it made
us feel like we were
long lost friends! We
were first given a
history of the house and
the battle by JT. Then
Margie began our ghost
tour. What an
storyteller she is! I
had goose bumps almost
the entire time I was
there and the
temperature that weekend
was HOT!" Betty,
"I recently purchased
your book, Ghosts Of Franklin, at Landmark Book Sellers. I LOVED
the book and was very intrigued by its stories and the history of our
town! I am a resident of Franklin and spend a lot of time in the square.
I now have a whole new outlook on the town and its so interesting to
find out more about it. I think what you're doing
is great; spreading history in a fun, interesting way. I've
personally taken the ghost tour and look forward to attending more tours
in the future! Keep doing what you're doing." F.Z. Franklin
"I read your entire
ghost stories book on the road today as we made our way to Memphis.
Really enjoyed it. Anna did a great job with her ghost stories.
Thank you so much for making our trip so interesting. We will be back
sometime in the future." Bill and Judy, Texas
"Kevin's ghost tour was amazing. He brought the stories to life in an
incredible way. I loved the tour so much I brought my daughter and her
friend back for the tour the next day." Devera, Baltimore.
An email arrived May
29: "My daughter and I visited Franklin on Saturday, May 28th. We chose
the Haunted Franklin tour and were delighted. I left Franklin,
determined to tell someone that Emily is an excellent tour guide.
visited many sites in Franklin and had heard the story of the Battle of
Franklin from many different tour guides. Emily's was, by far, the most
captivating account. She delivered all the facts clearly, with
sincerity, and concisely. I have already praised Emily, herself, after
our tour. I wanted her fellow workers to know how much we enjoyed
spending an hour and a half with her. Very well done." Julie
Hurley, Beaver Dam, KY
"Some of our favorite field trips
have come at the hands of Franklin on Foot! Engaging guides bring
history to life, and children walk away with a new love for the history
of their hometown. From small groups to large classes, Margie and
her staff have earned an A+ in our book." Amy Smith, Montessori School
From a visitor's facebook: "We visited the
town of Franklin, the site of a bloody Civil War battle and we visited
The Carnton Plantation, which was used as a hospital during that battle.
There is a large Confederate cemetery at Carnton Plantation. Our tour
guide for the entire Franklin trip was Margie Thessin from Franklin on
Foot. Her knowledge of the history of Franklin made the trip fantastic."
Gary, Sparta, WI
A review on
Tripadvisor.com: "This tour is wonderful! Franklin is a beautiful,
historic town worth seeing. The "Franklin on Foot" tour takes you into
the details of the town's history - from funny, to heroic, to tragic, to
amazing. Margie does a great job explaining how the various events
happened and what the people were feeling back then. A morning tour,
ending with lunch and a little shopping is the perfect way to spend the
day. And everyone is gracious - going above and beyond to be welcoming
From a tour operator: "Margie, the
client called me to say how wonderful you were. They want to take you
with them on all their tours!" Sharon, Sharin' Nashville Tours.
Facebook: "My kids and I did a tour this
past week on Tuesday with Lisa and we had the best time! She was
wonderful! Thank you Lisa!"
"I'm a history and Civil War buff and re-enactor. This tour was awesome!"
Spence, 5th grader, Brentwood.
"I'm not a native of
Franklin and didn't know much about the history here until I started
taking Franklin on Foot's tours. Now I always take out-of-town friends
and family on your tours when they visit. We have done corporate events
around your tours. This is a great service for Franklin!" Susie
"We took Margie's
Civil War tour. She really made
the history come to life." --Marty and Larry,
Margie, Thanks again for a wonderful tour of downtown Franklin on
Friday. Bob and I fell in love with the kind people in your town and the
beautiful scenery. I, of course, couldn't get enough of the Civil
War history! Thanks again for a great tour. I plan on coming back
soon with my girlfriends who are also Civil War buffs." Barb Nelson,
"I didn't just hear about
history on this tour, I really felt it." --Bill Laney, CA
"Yours was by far the
best ghost tour I have ever found. I have been on ghost tours in other
cities and they just don't compare. The organization was great, the tour
is very accessible, and the tour guide (Mike) was awesome. He had so
much insight not only on the ghost stories, but also on the history of
the city and just great stories about each building. He made the night
extremely enjoyable. I fully plan on reliving the tour again and again.
I already have family members committed to taking the tour next year for
Halloween when they come to town to visit. My sister is big into ghost
tours (Savvanah, Charleston etc.) I told her this tour will blow those
away." Signed, an extremely satisfied patron.
"I just went on a ghost tour
in Savannah, and this one is far better. The storytelling is superior!"
-- Valerie, Brentwood, Tennessee
was the best tour we've ever taken. You
customized it to our interests and answered all our questions. You could
tell it was from the heart!"--Doyle and Vonzille, Anniston, Alabama
had a most wonderful and educational time in Franklin. It was not
planned at first, but after looking over the brochure, we knew we had to
go! I will be writing an article for our local Canadian contingent
newsletter and most of it will feature our time in Franklin. We will
highly recommend anyone to stop there for a tour of your beautiful city.
Thanks again, The Peters Family
"Great Murder & Mayhem tour. I look
forward to more tours -- soon! Thank you, great information, loved it."
--Bob L., new Franklin resident.
"I've never been a
history buff. I never understood when people say they liked
Your tour was incredible. After today I am just so
excited to dive into learning about history!" --Rhonda W., Tillamook, OR
"Thank you so very much for an excellent evening! My
husband and I have taken similarly themed tours in New Orleans, Chicago,
Savannah, and Charleston. The Haunted Franklin tour ranks as one of the
best we have taken. Our guide
was very knowledgeable, witty, and entertaining.
The material seemed to us to be extremely well researched. Add all of
this to a very agreeable night, and I think your tour may be my favorite
event we've participated in locally. We will definitely plan on taking
advantage of your other tour offerings. Once again, thank you for
helping us learn more of our own local story!"
Sincerely, The Schrecks,
Fred, Karen & Elsa, Franklin
relocated to Franklin and desiring to learn a bit about the
area, Elizabeth and I have taken three fun-filled and incredibly
affordable tours with Franklin On Foot. Outstanding narration of
the history of the town, little-known facts of the buildings, events and
personalities that have made Franklin what it is, great ghost stories
and ghouly happenings add to the fun!
This is a "Must Do"
activity for individuals and families wishing to know a bit about the
town, a bit about history and for anyone interested in a wonderfully
informative and fun-filled good time!"
-Chuck and Elizabeth S. - new residents of Franklin, TN
"Our book club visited
Franklin recently and took your tour. We had visited Carnton and the
Carter House, but your tour guide was able to put the battle into the
broader context and we all finally understood the significance of the
battle and how it all fit together." Deborah, Denver, CO
"As an educator, I am always searching for hands-on,
stimulating activities for students. Margie Thessin and Rene Evans have
visited my classes several times and have always brought history to
life! Their ability to share their wealth of knowledge in
age-appropriate and interesting lessons always result in students
learning and wanting them to visit again.
These two ladies and their
talents are true Franklin treasures!" Lorrie
"We recently did the walking tour with Zach, who did an excellent job.
He provided just the right amount of history in a very interesting way.
By the way, his manners are impeccable. What a fine young man."
"The tour was great and we
had a wonderful time. We also visited Carnton Plantation.
Every chance I get I suggest to travelers to the Nashville area to make
sure they check out your website, and take a tour of Franklin and
Carnton Plantation. Thanks for the awesome tour. Maybe we'll
even take in a ghost tour on our next visit."
"The things you showed us
on Main Street are awesome!" Thibaud, age 12, Belgium
Our group really enjoyed the Ghost and History Tour you led on Saturday
night. Thanks so much. All of them knew little about the town in which
we live, so they learned a lot in a short time. You set just the right
tone and all of us old farts could hear you, which is a big plus!!"
John F., Franklin
"The tour was unlike
anything I have ever experienced. I learned so much about Franklin's
history, while simultaneously being entertained by the hair-raising
tales told by our wonderfully animated tour guide."--Ryan H.
tour of downtown Franklin was incredible.
I've lived here almost 10 years and worked downtown for many of those; I
never knew so many wonderful/bizarre things occurred there."
-Kristi E., Franklin, TN
"You can tell the
guide really likes what she's doing....her passion for the subject comes
Easy to listen to!"
- George Hudgens, Cookville, TN
“I expected this tour to be
good, but it far exceeded my expectations.
South Bend, IN
good as anything in Charleston or Savannah.”
“The tour through Franklin, TN was
exceptional! I love history and you made it LIVE for me. I was also
thrilled that my grandson, Collin, could appreciate and enjoy the same
tour, proving that you spanned the generations very well. My husband and
I have often spoken of that day we enjoyed in Franklin, TN, and would do
it all over again!” - Chuck and Lois S., Scottsdale, AZ
"We've done ghost
tours all over, including in Gettysburg, and you're way better! -A
"Margie, I have been visiting my
daughter in Franklin for many years and have driven through the town
square many times. But it wasn't until I took the Franklin walking tour
that I really appreciated the history of this town. The many interesting
facts about the town and its people made everything come alive.
It is a tour I would
recommend to everyone, young and old."
- Judy B., Sarasota, FL
"Your tour was excellent --very
interesting and informative. It was one of the highlights of our 6th
visit to the Nashville area. We have fallen in love with your town and
are looking forward to our next visit." - Lydia and Steve S., San Pedro,
"What a delight! We would
do it all over again." - The Fisher Family, Decatur, Indiana
"We took the Haunted Franklin tour at 7
p.m. and the Ghosts and Gore tour at 9 p.m., all on the same day. We
loved it! We would highly recommend either of these tours to anyone with
an interest in history, ghosts and wonderful storytelling!" -Three
Ladies from Nashville
Your tour was
Dick, Heather and Richard, visitors from New England
"Great night away from the kids!
The Ghosts and Gore tour was really amazing.
You will be shocked and
amazed." -Chris and Jen, Old
"Fascinating and intriguing. It will give
you a passion for history." - Carolyn A., Franklin, TN school teacher
"We loved it. And if it entertains kids,
it will entertain you!" - Ms. Carolyn A.'s students
"The tour was
wonderful. Although I've been a Franklin resident since 1956, I learned,
on this tour, so many things I didn't already know. - Joan C., Franklin
"I Spy Downtown Franklin was fun! I
loved doing the rubbing the best." - Anne Marie A., age 7, Franklin
"Our guide was a wonderful storyteller.
It was fascinating and intriguing." -Cynthia, Murfreesboro, TN
"I Spy was really fun. It was fun trying to find all the things on the
buildings!" -Emily L., age 8, Franklin
"The best walking tour,
bar none, that I have ever been on."-Jim, Santa Rosa, CA
"My college friends and I recently had a
reunion in Franklin. We so enjoyed the tour. It was so fascinating
hearing all the stories about the people who lived in Franklin in the
past." -Margaret R. , Franklin resident
"I have taken ghost tours
in Charleston, Savannah and Franklin this summer, and the Franklin tour
was the best by far! Great job, Franklin On Foot!”
"As a former curator and docent at a
historic house museum in Raleigh, N.C. I enjoy taking tours elsewhere.
I am so impressed with the professional and interesting tour you gave.
You had so much information and did such a great job telling
the stories." --Laura, Nashville.
"I just wanted to tell
you how much the girls and I enjoyed our ghost tour with you on Tuesday
evening. On the way home, as we were waiting in the airport, we all
talked about our trip to Nashville and the highlights.
We all decided that our
trip to Carnton Plantation and your ghost tour were the best parts of
Being a history buff and consummate ghost hunter,
I just had to look for a ghost tour to go on. Well, let me tell you, I
couldn't have picked a better tour. We had such a wonderful time, and
learned a lot in the process. By the way, I am reading the book your
partner wrote, and am laughing as I read the chapters about the homes we
went to. Oh, and both Elizabeth and I felt as though "someone" was
watching us from Mrs. Mosley's house. We both felt as if the presence
wanted us to move on; I think we were disturbing her! Take care. Thank
you for a most enjoyable time in haunted Franklin. Most Sincerely, Mary,
North Attleboro, Massachusetts."
Franklin is one of 1,000
Places To See Before You Die in the U.S. and Canada,
in the book by Patricia Schultz:
"It's as if a gentler time and
place were captured and preserved in picturesque Franklin, nestled
among the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains just south of
Nashville. Centered on a statue of an unnamed Civil War soldier, the
charming town square is a focal point of the immaculate 200-year-old
historic district, where slender church steeples rise among the
treetops and Main Street is lined with brick sidewalks. [But] things
weren't always so serene and idyllic here in Williamson County... on
November 30, 1864, Gen. John B. Hood and more than 20,000
Confederate soldiers attacked a well-fortified Union position. The
Battle of Franklin lasted only five hours, but it was one of the
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