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Williamson County, Tennessee


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Statistics & Facts

The Tennessee state capital is Nashville.
The population of Franklin is approximately 20,098 (1990), 62487 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 8,748 (1990), 24040 (2010).
The amount of land area in Franklin is 66.1 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.195 sq kilometers.
The distance from Franklin to Washington DC is 593 miles.
The distance to the Tennessee state capital is 16 miles. (as the crow flies)
Franklin is positioned 35.92 degrees north of the equator and 86.84 degrees west of the prime meridian.

History & History Related Items

The City of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799 and was named after Benjamin Franklin, a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental Congress for whom Williamson County was named.

Before the Civil War, Franklin was the county seat of Williamson County, one of the wealthiest counties in Tennessee. Once the Civil War began, all this was changed. Many major battles, including the battle of Franklin on 30 Nov. 1864, were in the Union occupied area. The economy was in major chaos. It has taken over a hundred years for the area to regain its pre-civil war levels of economic success.
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The founding of Franklin

October 26, 1799


The Carter House
1140 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, Tennessee
Phone: 615-791-1861
This home from the 1830's is a National Historic Landmark. A tour includes the museum, video presentation and guided tour of the house and grounds. Please call for details.

Historic Carnton Plantation
1345 Carnton Lane
Franklin, Tennessee
Phone: 615-794-0903
This was the home of the McGavock Family. The plantation served as a field hospital during the Civil War Battle of Franklin. The largest private Confederate cemetery, the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, is on the grounds.
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Franklin City Government

City of Franklin homepage.
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Franklin Libraries

Franklin Public Library
611 West Main Street
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: Voice: (615)794-3105 Fax: (615) 595-1245
Hours: Mon-Thur 9am-8pm; Fri-Sat 9am-5:30pm
Librarian: Janice Keck, Library Director (9-2000)
Main library for the Williamson County Public Library System.
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