Keep Voting – Franklin Ranks 14th for Your Favorite Main Street

Downtown Franklin

Today is the last day to vote for downtown Franklin to help secure a Partners in Preservation grant!

Downtown Franklin was chosen as one of 25 main streets across the United States to participate in Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, a community-based partnership created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.

Currently, Franklin is ranked 14 out of 25 cities vying for the grant. Those in the top 10 will receive $150,000. The project is for the Dr. McPhail Building (Early’s Honey Stand) at 209 East Main Street in Franklin, TN. Visit Franklin is offering an opportunity to win $500 in gift cards just by voting, visit their Facebook page for more information.

Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will award $2 million in grant funding from American Express to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America. The public gets to determine which sites will receive funding by voting for their favorite main streets through today, October 31 at, the online voting portal hosted by National Geographic Travel.

How to vote:

  • Visit
  • Click on “Sign Up”
  • Enter your Information including your password. You might want to write down your password.
  • Click on the “Sign Up” Button. You will receive a “Verify Email” notifying you that you will receive an email (check your Spam Folder in case you do not see the email in your Inbox), and to click on the link in the email to finish the sign-up process. Click “Ok Thanks!”
  • Once you receive the email, then follow the instructions, and begin voting by visiting and click Log In to begin voting every day until October 31, 2017. Please note you may log in once per day and vote 5 times during one log in session.

Dr McPhail BuildingAbout the Dr. McPhail Building

The Dr. McPhail Building is located at 209 E. Main St and currently home to Early’s Honey Stand.The Dr. McPhail building, built circa 1815, is one of the oldest structures in Downtown Franklin and once home to the Dr. Daniel McPhail medical practice, which was later taken over by Daniel McPhail’s nephew, Dr. Daniel Cliffe.

Lynda and Curt Gibbs, owners of Early’s Honey Stand added, “We love being the oldest business in Williamson Co. and located in one of the oldest and most unique buildings in Franklin. Early’s Honey Stand has sold authentic southern foods since 1925, including honey, jams, country ham, country bacon and Mr. Early’s own poke sausage, in addition to chocolate covered bacon!”

About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.