01

Williamson County Visitor Center

Stop in the Visitor Center for maps, brochures and info on self-guided walking tours including the Franklin iPad Tour App: Visit Franklin. The Nashville's Trace and The Jack Trail self-guided driving tour brochures are also available here. Also ask about Franklin on Foot guided tours with subjects like history, Civil War and ghost stories. Check out the NEW Franklin iPad Tour App – Featuring over 260 photos, this free download from iTunes tells the history and the stories of Franklin’s 16-block downtown district, listed in the National Historic Register. iPads available at visitors center

Special Tags:

  • Information

400 Main Street Franklin, TN 37064

615-591-8514

From Franklin Sq. roundabout, turn R onto E. Main St., center of block.

02

Franklin Town Square and Monument

This monument was erected in 1899 to honor Tennessee’'s Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.

Special Tags:

  • Picture Spot

3rd Ave. N Franklin, TN 37064

Return to roundabout. At Main St. & 3rd Ave. N., turn R onto 3rd Ave. N. Turn L onto Bridge St./ Hwy 96W.

More About: Franklin's Historic Downtown

Founded in 1799, Franklin’s historic downtown has made a successful and sustained effort to preserve the history of the original square and surrounding businesses and homes. This charming 16-block historic district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The square is surrounded by beautiful Victorian architecture, giving visitors a glimpse of history, along with unique shopping and one-of-a-kind restaurants to explore. The Old Tennessee Trail ends right here where it begins, so you’ll have another chance to discover downtown Franklin (including the historic Visitor Center, point 1) after you’ve finished the trail.

03

Harvey McLemore House

This house was built by a former slave and remained in the family for over a century. Today, the historic home is a museum, and one of the few freedmen’'s residences still standing in the area. Open by appointment.

Special Tags:

  • African American

446 11th Ave. N. Franklin, TN 37064

615-794-2270

From TN-96W , turn R onto 11th Ave. N.

04

Boyd Mill Avenue Historic District

(Private Residences) The district features Colonial Revival, Folk Victorian, Bungalow and Cottage residences constructed in the early through mid-20th century. Magnolia Hall is the exception: an 1840 residence in the Italianate Style, built by Irish immigrant and banker William S.Campbell, who started the first national bank to open in Middle Tennessee after the Civil War. It features a cupola and widow’s walk, uncommon architecture for the mid-South.

Special Tags:

  • Off the Trail

600 Boyd Mill Pk. Franklin, TN 37064

Go W on TN-96W for 0.3 mile, turn L onto Glass Ln. Return to TN-96W.

05

Centennial Hall

Originally the Knights of Pythias Pavilion, this glass-domed and wooden structure was constructed by the fraternal organization for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, for which Nashville’'s famous Parthenon was also constructed. Also known as Carlisle House, the building was actually dismantled and moved from the exhibition site (now Nashville'’s Centennial Park) in 1900 by Joseph Parks, supposedly to impress a woman he was courting. Perched on its rocky knoll, this property has witnessed over a century of change.

 

1015 Carlisle Ln. Franklin, TN 37064

Continue W on Hwy 96W for 1.3 miles.

06

Animalia

This site, in the heart of the Westhaven Community, encompasses several historic farms and their family cemeteries, including that of William White. White, cousin of Franklin founder Abram Maury, bought the property in 1799 as part of a land grant from pioneer settler James Robertson, the founder of Nashville. Three generations of the White family are buried here in the William White Cemetery. If you are an animal lover, Animalia Gifts offers designer collars, fresh homemade treats and additional trail information.

3105 Boyd Mill Pk. Franklin, TN 37064

Continue W on TN-96W, turn L onto Boyd Mill Pk. Take immediate R and continue to parking area.

More About: Artifacts Found in Animalia

Prehistoric artifacts found in the area suggest that Native Americans lived here 15,000 years ago. Nearby glass mounds are remnants of the mound-builders’ culture from the Mississippian Period (900-1500 A.D.)

07

Gentry's Farm

In the fall, stop to pick a pumpkin, explore a corn maze, and experience rural life. This land has been owned by the Gentry family since 1849, and its 400 acres remain a working farm with three Civil War-era homes (Private Residences). Open weekends, end of Sept.-Oct.

Special Tags:

  • Picture Spot

1974 New Hwy 96W Franklin, TN 37064

615-794-4368

Continue W on TN-96W for 0.1 mile.

More About: A Century Farm

A Century Farm is a farm that has been continuously owned by a family for 100 years or more. There are 48 certified Century Farms in Williamson and Maury Counties.

08

Bingham Community

You'’re crossing the West Harpeth River, which flows into the Harpeth. You'’ll soon pass through the historic Bingham Community, a once-thriving rural area with churches, businesses, schools, and Boyd'’s Mill.

4088 Old Hillsboro Rd. Franklin, TN 37064

Continue W on TN-96W for 1.6 miles, turn L onto TN-46W/Old Hillsboro Rd.

09

Gray-Lemke House

Built in 1856, this Greek Revival-style house was home to the owner of Bingham'’s community store.

4088 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

Go SW on TN-46W for 2.1 miles.

10

Leiper's Fork

This is the only historic village on the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Originally named “Bentonville,” it was founded by Thomas Hart Benton'’s mother and grew around a store, a log school and church. Stop here and experience historic architecture and modern charm, where a fine art gallery is a neighbor to a grocery store that moonlights as a music venue. This special place is home to farmers, talented artists and musicians (yes, some very famous) who appreciate its down-home feel and peaceful rolling hills.

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  • Motorcycle
  • Lodging
  • Live Music
  • Picture Spot

4144 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

Continue SW on TN-46W for 2.4 miles.

More About: Leiper's Fork

4,000-year-old relics found in this area indicate that Leiper'’s Fork served as an important hunting ground for prehistoric Native Americans who later evolved into the tribes we know as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Shawnee. Leiper’'s Fork was settled in the late 1790s by pioneering Revolutionary War veterans from North Carolina and Virginia who were given land grants as payments for their service. The village got its first post office in 1818 and began to be known as Leiper'’s Fork, after Hugh Leiper, an early surveyor. The early 20th century was also a prosperous time for the little village, with general stores, the Middle Tennessee Railroad, lumber mills, blacksmiths, churches and a school. Today, it is a thriving community of farmers, artists, and musicians living a rural life just outside of Nashville. Leiper'’s Fork is the only historic village on the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

11

David Arms

Visit this gallery to view the work of this nationally known artist, and browse originals, giclees, signed posters, prints, note cards and more featuring his signature use of inspired symbolism, texture, color and composition.

4136 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

12

Country Boy Restaurant

Serving daily since 1968, you can order breakfast any time, plus a variety of full-flavored country fare. Breakfast & lunch, daily; dinner, Tues.-Sat.

4141 Old Hillsboro Road Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-591-4245

More About: Southern Comfort Food

Restaurants offering Southern comfort food are often termed a “meat and three” because diners select one meat and three vegetables from the daily menu.

13

Puckett's Grocery

Happily serving Leiper'’s Fork as a restaurant, grocery and meeting place since the 1950s, locals and celebrities alike take the stage and enjoy the famous burgers.

4142 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-794-1308

14

Lawnchair Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown, locals gather here for family-oriented movies, music and community events.

Special Tags:

  • Live Music

4144 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-599-5102

Events here are free.

15

Leiper's Creek Gallery

Nashville's #1 art destination includes Leiper's Creek Gallery, The Copper Fox and David Arms at the Barn at Leiper's Fork including fine art, paintings, sculpture and American craft artists.

4144 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-477-6799

16

Laurel Leaf Gallery

Shop for expertly crafted items like jewelry, fiber art, and pottery, created by gifted area artisans who celebrate the enduring grace of nature and art.

4145 Old Hillsboro Rd Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-861-0569

17

Joe Natural’s Farm Store & Café

Enjoy organically grown fare inside the 1882 Thomas Carl House where Joe offers everything from vegetarian bowls to juicy grass-fed burgers. Stroll through the Farm Store for vegetables, baked goods and more.

4150 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-595-2233

18

Serenite Maison

This unique shop specializes in 19th- and early 20th-century French and Italian chandeliers, iron-stone, farm tables, European textiles and jewelry. Closed Mon. & Tues

4149 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

615-599-2071

19

Locke Building

Named after a store that once stood on the site, this 1995 structure contains salvaged materials from an 1880 schoolhouse and an 1882 former home. It’s an award-winning example of reclaimed resources and historic preservation.

4151 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

20

Sweeney-Powell House

This 1882 home was originally built for the Sam Sweeney family and now houses offices.

4154 Old Hillsboro Rd. Leipers Fork, TN 37064

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The Old Tennessee Trail is waiting for you: a scenic drive as rich in history as it is in fresh air, gently rolling hills, and down-home charm. This trail begins just outside of Nashville in historic Franklin, where you’ll set off through our gorgeous countryside and explore some of our favorite small towns, built from early settlers’ homesteads and farmlands. Stop in the historic markets that help anchor our communities, and feel right at home at some of our best-kept secret dining spots, even if you’ve never read the words “frog legs” on a menu in your life. Stand where Confederate General John Bell Hood watched his troops march to the dramatic Battle of Franklin; run your hand over Civil War bullet holes that still mark the trail’s many Antebellum homes. This is the story of Middle Tennessee, from Native Americans to west-bound settlers, Civil War soldiers and beyond.


The Old Tennessee Trail takes some time to explore, and it’s up to you to decide how you want to experience it — from a six-hour scenic drive to a two-day history excursion. Any way you go, you’ll discover life and adventure outside of the attractions that make us famous.