Visitors Can Now Seek Out “Franklin Locals”

The Downtown Franklin Association, in partnership with Visit Franklin and a committee of 24 individuals have created a greeter program for visitors called Franklin Locals. The program consists of “on the street” volunteers who answer questions, give recommendations and share the story of Franklin with visitors and residents alike. 

DFA Franklin Locals“The goal of Franklin Locals is to provide an amazing welcome with authentic Franklin hospitality to all who visit,” said Joni Cole, owner of Gray’s on Main and economic vitality chair for the Downtown Franklin Association board of directors. “We are excited to share the good news about Franklin to all who visit, and we are thrilled to work with a wonderful committee of individuals who have made this program happen.”

Franklin Locals was created with a desire to offer guests Southern hospitality through the recommendations and expertise of Franklin community members. As visitors stroll the streets of Historic Downtown Franklin, they will be able to clearly identify a Franklin Local volunteer by branded attire and friendly faces strolling up and down Main Street along with other popular corridors in Historic Downtown Franklin. Guests are invited to ask questions about the history of Franklin, request recommendations and interact with a local who can offer insight to the community. 

The program launched in May and currently has 18 volunteer greeters. Franklin Locals are on the street from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 1- 3 p.m. on Sundays. There is no fee to engage with a Franklin Local. For more information about Franklin Locals, visit [email protected]. 

About Downtown Franklin Association

The Downtown Franklin Association, established in 1984, is a non-profit committed to historic preservation and community vibrancy. Since its founding, the DFA has helped spearhead the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core. Working in partnership with the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Tenn. property owners, city and county government, local businesses and merchants in our historic retail district, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) has helped create one of the nation’s Main Street success stories. For more information, visit