Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin, the county seat of Williamson County, is located 20 miles south of Nashville and 10 miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin was founded October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin, a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named.


For most of its first 180 years, Franklin was a tranquil, small county seat. During the Civil War Union troops occupied the area for nearly three years. The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, resulting in almost 10,000 casualties (killed, wounded, captured and missing) and turning forty-four buildings into field hospitals.

The population of Franklin was 70,612 as of the 2014.

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