I recently had the chance to head down south near Nashville. For a cold blooded Canadian, this was an enormous treat!
Once walking off the plane, I knew I was in for something very special. It’s funny… so many warned me about a wall of high humidity that would hit me square in the nose, so I was prepared to suffocate on the spot! Little did I know, those fears would go completely unfounded.
The pure magic of the area had me forgetting about the heat and left me thirsty for the amazing sights I was seeing and food I was trying. Catfish, hushpuppies, grits, cornbread, fried pickles, funnel cake, and that ever amazing sweet and fruit tea! How did I do?
Not to mention the junk! Folks of Tennessee do so love their junk. I felt immediately at home and was absolutely ravenous to see what was lurking behind each little corner.
Luckily, Sandy Leeper, a dear local gal that followed my blog, offered to take me for a tour. Friends, if you ever wish to tour a new place, ask a local. This girl knew the significance of every building, the country stars’ former homes and … you guessed it… where to find the good junk!
So we head to a quaint little town called Franklin and some nearby surrounding areas. I was awestruck with the spotless streets and gorgeously kept historic brick buildings. Oh so many bricks! And to my utter delight, the inside of those buildings were even more fascinating.
Can you name these amazing stops? Let’s go for a walk through Franklin!
The City of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin. For most of it’s first 180 years, Franklin was a tranquil, small county. But when the civil war broke out, The Battle of Franklin was one of the bloodiest battles, turning every home and building in town into a hospital.
It took 120 years for the county’s economy to reach pre-war levels. Today, Franklin is one of the wealthiest cities in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. With a population of 62,000 and growing, it’s the 9th largest city in Tennessee.
You’ll find a unique blend of small town charm and big-city sophistication. Museums, shopping, victorian homes, and quaint quiet streets lined with musicians strumming guitars on a neighboring picnic table. In fact, one store I walked through, a musician helped himself to a guitar right off the wall and strummed for the shoppers. Pure magic!
I hope you enjoy my little tour of Franklin.
This branch covered mirror made me gasp!
Pillows with sweet sayings and paper page designs… why did I leave them behind again?!
Thank-you Sandy, for the incredible tour, and to Tennessee, for having the best junk! You both made this Canadian junker feel right at home, eh?
What’s a favourite must visit place in your area you love?
I’d love to hear about it!
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