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Franklin City Sights: Tour of Historical Homes

This past weekend my mama visited for another infusion, and on Saturday we decided to do the annual tour of homes in downtown Franklin.  From what I can gather, the Battle of Franklin was a pretty big event near the end of the Civil War which determined the fate of the Confederate army. This year is the 150th anniversary, so there are a lot of events planned around that date later in the year.  Franklin was occupied by the Union army for most of the war, so a lot of the homes were preserved compared to other areas of the South… lots of interesting stories!  As usual, I like a photo dump instead of too many words!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

We started at Landmark Bookstore… definitely a spot I want to explore some more on another day!  So many rooms and little nooks filled with a mix of new and used books.

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

Then we hit up the Masonic lodge and learned a few secrets behind the symolism… interesting stuff!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

While renovating the second floor, they found graffiti from Civil War soldiers on the wall, now the bathroom… so cool!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

Beautiful garden and home tours…

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

The courthouse is still active and down in the basement you can see the limestone foundation.

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

We lunched at Gray’s, which was previously an apothecary.  Great food!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

After lunch we got our second wind and visited two more houses on the tour.

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

We got started around 11 AM and by 4 we were exhausted!  So of course we stopped at Sweet CiCi’s for a treat…

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

My favorite surprise was the beautiful stained glass in the bathroom!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

I’m really enjoying getting to know downtown Franklin – it’s a bustling place!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

Mama had to go home the next day, but there were still a couple houses left on the tour which weren’t downtown – so hubby & I finished the tour on Sunday.

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

I loved the old hand-pieced quilts!

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

 

The Amateur Librarian // Tour of Historical Homes

I really loved getting a peek inside some of the homes around Franklin and learn some history along the way.  Fun stuff!

More city sights coming soon as we explore the Nashville area!

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