Franklin Main Street Festival April 28-29

29th Annual Franklin Main Street Festival
set for April 28-29, 2012

Franklin, TN – Franklin’s 29th annual Main Street Festival celebrates spring in one of America’s favorite downtown districts April 28 and 29, 2012.

Hours for the free street festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Fourth Avenue Street Dance continuing until 10 p.m., and all activities re-opening noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Arts and crafts booths line Main Street from First to Fifth Avenue.

Presented by First Tennessee and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Downtown Franklin Association, the weekend event is expected to attract more than 130,000 visitors to a full slate of family-oriented activities, more than 200 artisans and crafters, non-stop musical entertainment and international flavors of more than 20 food vendors.

Handmade work to be exhibited includes original oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, woodworking, ornamental iron, stained glass, photography, home and garden accents, birdhouses, leatherwork, and much more.

In addition to a juried arts and crafts show, the festival offers a special area of children’s activities on Third Avenue North and in a carnival (which operates Thursday through Sunday) in the future Bicentennial Park location on North Margin Street. Free entertainment is offered continuously the First Tennessee Stage on the Public Square and a second stage on Fourth Avenue North. There is a Beer/Wine Garden and a collection of some of the area’s finest food trucks on Fourth Avenue South.

There will also be a full-scale, traditional carnival at Margin Street and Second Avenue North–the site of the future City of Franklin Bicentennial Park. The carnival opens earlier than the festival on Thursday and goes through Sunday. Carnival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26-29. Thursday and Sunday offers unlimited rides with a $20 wristband.

The Main Street Festival is produced by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and it division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Proceeds from the event are used to fulfill the mission of the organization, which is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.

In addition to presenting sponsor First Tennessee, major sponsors are Publix Super Markets, Williamson Medical Center, The Tennessean/Williamson A.M., The City of Franklin, Clear Channel Radio, and FranklinIs.

For more information, please contact Nancy Williams at

Entertainment acts may apply at Spaces for arts and crafts booths are full.

The Main Street Festival is located in Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn., exit No. 65 from I-65, three miles west to the Public Square.

For more information, see or call 615-591-8500. To reserve lodging, see



FRANKLIN, TN-The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County seeks nominations of

outstanding historic preservation projects, including rehabilitations of historic residential and commercial structures and new construction that complements the historic character of the community.


Award winners will be recognized at the Foundation’s 45th Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards Monday, May 7, 2012, to be held at the Franklin Theatre at 5:30 p.m.


“May is National Historic Preservation month,” said Mary Pearce, Executive Director of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. “The Heritage Foundation can think of no better way to celebrate National Historic Preservation month than by showcasing the preservation efforts in our community with the annual Preservation Awards. After all, preserving Franklin and Williamson County’s rich architectural resources has been accomplished with the preservation of one building or historic site at a time. The Preservation Awards recognize the vision and efforts of those who have saved these community treasures to make sure the place we call home is protected for future generations.”
Preservation Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • Residential rehabilitation of a pre-1900 historic property
  • Residential rehabilitation of a post-1900 historic property
  • Commercial rehabilitation of a pre-1900 historic property
  • Commercial rehabilitation of a post-1900 historic property
  • New commercial construction
  • New residential construction
  • New institutional construction


Nominated properties will be photographed by the Heritage Foundation, shown in a presentation at the annual meeting and published on the Foundation’s website at  You may nominate your own property or nominate someone else’s property with the owner’s permission. Nominations are also welcomed that come from friends and neighbors.


To receive a nomination form, call the Heritage Foundation at 615-591-8500 ext. 20 or email  It is also available on the Foundation’s website at  Applications must be returned to The Heritage Foundation no later than Monday, April 16.


The 45-year-old Heritage Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the architectural, geographic and cultural heritage of Franklin and Williamson County and to promote the ongoing economic revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation.  To learn more about the Heritage Foundation, visit

Hillsboro Road

Inch by Inch, Step by Step, Block by Block…..

Years ago, citizens of Williamson County saw the potential future of downtown Franklin–now known as “America’s Favorite Main Street.”

Hard work, grants, local funding and great design work has turned Historic Downtown Franklin into a must-see destination for visitors from all over the world. It has given the citizens of Franklin a reason to be proud of their hometown.

Though we’ve taken great strides, there remains a problem–and it just happens to be the gateway into our downtown core:

Hillsboro Road

Hillsboro Road

Since the “500 Year Flood” re-designed this area in May of 2010, Hillsboro Road has become all but abandoned.  The only redevelopment has come at Sonic, French’s Shoes, Juice Bar, and a handful of others in the flooded area. Empty lots, buildings in disarray and other issues have made this area a block away from the beautiful historic district a dismal gateway to downtown Franklin. This area, if properly developed, could lead to a future of better flood control, new businesses, more jobs, and an area that we can all be proud of.

We’ve seen great, great improvement in the past two years.

We encourage you to continue to contact the City of Franklin’s Board of Mayor and Alderman and encourage them to keep moving forward with the streetscaping of Hillsboro Road.