1. Visit a Memorial Day Ceremony
Several towns will hold special Memorial Day ceremonies.
Click here for info on Downtown Franklin celebration
Click here for Spring Hill information
Click here for Fairview information
2. Go to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival
The Tennessee Renaissance Festival ends another year of festivities after Memorial Weekend, so this is your last chance to see some jousting, eat a turkey leg and hear some traditional music. Get more information here.
3. See ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ at Franklin Theatre
The Theatre is offering lots of showtimes (Sat 10a, 12:30p, 3:45p and 7p), Sunday (1p) and Monday, Memorial Day (3:45p and 7p).
Read Our Review of Age of Ultron
4. Franklin on Foot-Haunted Franklin Tour
Franklin on Foot offers ghost tours almost every night at 8pm. This is a great, family friendly tour through beautiful Downtown Franklin. Call 615-400-3808 for reservations. Franklin on Foot describes the tour as “We’ve got departed socialites, spies, businessmen, Confederate soldiers, and at least one dog, all roaming downtown, and we spend an interesting hour and a half with them on this tour.”
5. Take a Tour of The Carter House & Carnton Plantation
The Carter House and Carnton Plantation are open daily for guided tours. The guided tour at each site lasts approximately one hour. You can visit both or just one.
About The Carter House & The Carnton Plantation:
In 1830, Fountain Branch Carter built a one-and-a-half story brick house just south of downtown Franklin for his small family. He and his wife Polly had twelve children, nine of whom reached adulthood. On November 30, 1864, the Battle of Franklin raged across the fields south of town, scarring the landscape, claiming the lives of thousands and changing life on the Carter farm forever.
Just a little over a mile from The Carter House, The Carnton Plantation sits. It was built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock (1768-1843). Throughout the nineteenth century it was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. Carnton grew to become one of the premier farms in Williamson County,
Before daybreak Federal Brig. Gen. Jacob D. Cox woke the Carter family, took possession of The Carter House and made the parlor his headquarters. The fighting began at 4 pm in the waning afternoon sunlight when 20,000 Confederates attacked a similar number of entrenched Federals. The Carter family, the Lotz family from across the street, and several Carter slaves took refuge in the north room of the basement as the battle raged around their home. Carnton Plantation was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. Everything the McGavock family ever knew was forever changed. The Confederate Army of Tennessee furiously assaulted the Federal army entrenched along the southern edge of Franklin. The resulting battle, believed to be the bloodiest hours of the Civil War, involved a massive frontal assault larger than Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. The majority of the combat occurred in the dark and at close quarters.More Local Events