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!
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.
Then we hit up the Masonic lodge and learned a few secrets behind the symolism… interesting stuff!
While renovating the second floor, they found graffiti from Civil War soldiers on the wall, now the bathroom… so cool!
Beautiful garden and home tours…
The courthouse is still active and down in the basement you can see the limestone foundation.
We lunched at Gray’s, which was previously an apothecary. Great food!
After lunch we got our second wind and visited two more houses on the tour.
We got started around 11 AM and by 4 we were exhausted! So of course we stopped at Sweet CiCi’s for a treat…
My favorite surprise was the beautiful stained glass in the bathroom!
I’m really enjoying getting to know downtown Franklin – it’s a bustling place!
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.
I loved the old hand-pieced quilts!
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!