Located just 14 miles south of Nashville, the FSSD is located in the heart of Franklin, a city that has made a place for itself on the map for its blending of the traditional with the modern. Named the “Number One Small Town in Tennessee,” Franklin is an excellent place to work, live, raise children, or simply enjoy the history of a city that appreciates its beginnings.
The City of Franklin, founded in 1799, 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. In the years prior to the Civil War, Williamson County was one of the wealthiest counties in Tennessee and Franklin was the center of plantation economy. However, the Civil War devastated the economy. Union troops occupied the area for nearly three years. The Battle of Franklin was fought on November 30, 1864, and was one of the war’s bloodiest battles, costing more than 8,000 casualties and 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. According to the 2004 Special Census, the City’s population is just over 62,000. This makes Franklin the 9th largest city in Tennessee.
Franklin is a unique blend of history and progress. You’ll find the best of both worlds here: small-town charm and big-city sophistication. There are fascinating Civil War sites and museums, magnificent Antebellum and Victorian homes – plus our thriving downtown shopping area and the Cool Springs Galleria, unique dining and entertainment, and wonderful festivals. Franklin has grown from a very small, agricultural community into a strong blend of residential, commercial and corporate citizens. Franklin has spent millions in its Streetscape project restoring the town’s Main Street to reflect its historical surroundings and garnered the prestigious “Great American Main Street Award” from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1995.
- 30 Most Beautiful Main Streets Across America, Architectural Digest (Aug 2018)
- The South’s Prettiest Towns, Southern Living (March 2018)
- 10 Best Suburbs of 2017, BuzzFeed (Oct 2017)
- Best Places to Raise a Family, Elite Personal Finance (Aug 2017)
- #4 on Money Magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live (2017)
- Best Suburb in Tennessee, Business Insider (July 2016)
- Best Southern Town by Garden and Gun Magazine (2014)
- CNN Money’s Top 100 “Most Livable” Cities (2012)
- Bloomberg/Businessweek’s Top 10 Cities for Startups (2011)
- Southern Living’s “Best Small Town” Top 5 (2009)
- Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (2009)
- US News and World Report Best Places to Retire (2008)
- National Register Historic District (2009)
- Named one of the 1,000 Places To See in The USA and Canada Before You Die by New York Times best-selling travel author Patricia Schultz.
This is a snapshot of what makes the FSSD one of top districts in the state. FSSD was awarded 2017-18 Exemplary Status from the Tennessee Department of Education. This video captures many of the moments that make us the greatest!