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Franklin County, TN

  •  a county located in Middle Tennessee, United States
  • established on December 3, 1807
  • named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States


  • Native American tribes, including the Cherokee and Chickasaw, were the original inhabitants of the area before European settlers arrived.
  • European-American settlers began arriving in the late 1700s, and the area was part of North Carolina and then later part of the Mississippi Territory.
  • Franklin County was officially established in 1807 as one of the nine counties formed from Indian lands acquired through the Treaty of Tellico.
  • The county played a role in the Civil War, with both Union and Confederate forces present during the conflict. The town of Cowan, in Franklin County, was a strategic point for the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad, a crucial supply line for both armies.
  • Franklin County has a rich agricultural history, with farming being a significant part of the local economy, including tobacco, corn, and cotton.

Notable Landmarks:

  1. The University of the South 
    • Located in Sewanee, TN
    • a private liberal arts college founded in 1857
    • known for its beautiful campus, which spans over 13,000 acres atop the Cumberland Plateau
    • features stunning Gothic architecture and scenic vistas

  2. Tims Ford Lake
    • a popular recreational spot located in Franklin County
    • known for its clear blue water and offers opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping
    • surrounded by beautiful rolling hills and forests, making it a picturesque destination

  3. Old Jail Museum
    • located in Winchester, TN
    • a historic building that was used as the county jail from 1893 to 1979.
    • today, it serves as a museum showcasing the history of Franklin County, with exhibits on the Civil War, local industries, and notable individuals from the area

  4. Franklin County Courthouse
    • ocated in Winchester, TN
    • a historic building constructed in 1836
    • one of the oldest courthouses in Tennessee and is known for its Greek Revival architecture

  5. Cowan Railroad Museum 
    • located in Cowan, TN
    • is housed in a historic depot that was built in 1904
    • showcases the history of the railroad in the region and its significance during the Civil War, as well as the role of the railroad in the development of the local economy

  6. Sewanee Natural Bridge
    • a unique geological formation located near Sewanee, TN
    • a natural sandstone arch that spans over 25 feet across and stands about 25 feet high
    • popular spot for hiking and exploring
  1. Outdoor Recreation
    • Tims Ford State Park
    • Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park
    • Franklin State Forest
    • Franklin County Recreation Complex
  2. Water Activities: With Tims Ford Lake, which covers over 10,700 acres and has over 250 miles of shoreline, Franklin County offers a variety of water-based recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy boating, water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, and swimming in the pristine waters of Tims Ford Lake. There are also several marinas and boat ramps around the lake for convenient access to water activities.

  3. Golfing
    • Bear Trace at Tims Ford, a Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course, 
    • WillowBrook Golf Club, which features an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course

  4. Hunting
    • Franklin County State Wildlife Management Area, where hunters can pursue game such as deer, turkey, squirrel, and waterfowl during hunting seasons

  5. Sports and Recreation Complexes
    • Franklin County Recreation Complex, located in Winchester, TN, offers various recreational facilities, including sports fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a playground. The complex hosts sports leagues, tournaments, and other recreational programs throughout the year.

  6. Equestrian Activities: Franklin County is known for its equestrian culture, and there are opportunities for horseback riding, trail riding, and equestrian events in the area. There are several stables, riding trails, and arenas that cater to equestrian enthusiasts, providing a unique recreational experience.

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