Franklin Named Best Southern Town by Garden & Gun Magazine

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Bringing in more than 69 percent of the final round votes, Franklin, TN, is the winner of the 2014 Greatest Southern Towns Bracket, hosted by Garden & Gun Magazine! Thirty-two towns were pitted against each other in this NCAA style bracket and more than 1.3 million votes were cast

Franklin beat Fairhope, AL; Oxford, MS and Florence, AL before taking on Hot Springs, AR in the Final Four Round and then Savannah, GA in the Championship Round. Although Savannah’s population outnumbers Franklin’s by nearly 100,000 people, Franklin pulled through.

Congrats, Franklin!

In case you missed it….Wednesday night, the Franklin Theatre held a social media pep rally and our team was there to talk to folks about why Franklin is the greatest Southern Town. Check out our video HERE

To celebrate Franklin’s victory, Downtown Franklin is having an early happy hour today, Friday April 4. From 3-5 p.m. to celebrate. Stop by your favorite Main Street area hangout and toast the victory. Mellow Mushroom, Gray’s On Main, 55 South, Puckett’s Boathouse, Puckett’s Restaurant, McCreary’s Irish Pub, 55 South — they’re all ready to celebrate the victory.


Sweet CeCe’s Five Points location in Downtown Franklin is offering $1 off  frozen yogurt from 3-5 p.m. today if you walk in and say “we won.”


Mellow Mushroom is celebrating the win with specials on their local products from 3-5 p.m. today. Local beer Turtle Anarchy is $3, Arrington Vineyard wines are $2 off, and the yummy spinach artichoke dip is just $5.



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Andrea has always loved the written word. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and a Masters in Creative Writing, both from Belmont University. Both sides of her family have lived in Williamson County for generations, so writing for Williamson Source is the perfect fit. She loves to hear stories of what Williamson County was like when her parents and grandparents were young and to write about this ever evolving county is truly special for her.


  1. Franklin maybe OK… it’s been a while, but I can’t imagine it’s even close to Savannah in any number of ways.

  2. I am thrilled that Franklin won! I have been gone from Franklin for almost fifteen years, but I go back all the time to visit friends and family. It is a wonderful small town! It is warm, friendly and has a special feel about it when you are there. A lot of towns are good for tourist, but you don’t feel a sense of community like is present in Franklin. It has a folksy-kind of feel, and it has a very up-scale feeling about it, also. Franklin is definitely number one in my estimation, and I can’t wait to retire and move back HOME!!

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