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Welcome to Downtown Franklin

Franklin's historic downtown is bounded by North Margin Street and Bridge Street to the north, South Margin Street to the south, 1st Avenue to the east and 5th Avenue to the west.

Franklin was founded in 1799 and named after American inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin. The 16-block downtown neighborhood is in the oldest area of Franklin, which was laid out by Abram Maury using a grid street pattern. In the center of downtown is a public square from which radiate the city's two major thoroughfares: East and West Main Streets and 3rd Avenues North and South.

 
Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. Its population was 13,829 at the 2020 census. It was established in 1797 by William Nolen, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War. Located in Middle Tennessee, it is about 22 miles southeast of Nashville. The town was reincorporated in 1996. 
 

Geography

Nolensville is located at 35°57′24″N 86°40′1″W (35.956786, -86.666967).
 
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.5 square miles (25 km2), all land.
 

History

This area was settled by European Americans after the American Revolutionary War, when pioneers began to move west of the Appalachian Mountains. William Nolen, a war veteran, his wife, Sarah, and their five children were passing through the area in 1797 when their wagon wheel broke. Surveying his surroundings, Nolen noted the rich soil and abundance of natural resources. He decided to settle here and the community was later named for him as Nolensville.[9] William Nolen purchased a portion of a land grant made to Jason Thompson, on which Nolensville later developed. Nolen's historic house was moved to a new location in 2009.
 
In the early 19th century, a large migration from Rockingham, North Carolina, brought the Adams, Allen, Barnes, Cyrus, Fields, Glenn, Irion, Johnson, Peay, Scales, Taylor, Vernon, Wisener, Williams, and other families to the area. Built along Mill Creek, the town was incorporated in 1839.
 
Foraging and skirmishing took place here during the Civil War. Gen. John Wharton's Confederate cavalry unit was stationed in town briefly and Gen. Joseph Wheeler's command captured a Union supply train here on December 30, 1862. A small group of soldiers from the 2nd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry successfully defended a Union wagon train against a much larger Confederate cavalry force in February 1863, with several of them earning the Medal of Honor for their actions.
 
From the post-Reconstruction period into the early 20th century, Whites lynched a total of five African Americans in Williamson County. They did not allow the legal system to prosecute these men, but conducted extrajudicial murder. Among the victims was 15-year-old Samuel Smith, an African American who was lynched in Nolensville in December 1924. He was arrested there for shooting and wounding Ike Eastwood at his house, after Eastwood shot Smith's uncle; the grocer also shot and wounded Smith. Smith was taken for treatment to a hospital in Nashville. A group of masked men took him from the hospital, and with a larger mob, back 22 miles to Nolensville. There, the mob hanged the youth near Eastwood's house and shot him multiple times. Although the Nashville Chamber of Commerce offered a $5000 reward in the case, no one was convicted of Smith's murder. On June 5, 2017, a plaque was installed in his memory at St. Anselm Episcopal Church in Nashville; it memorialized two other local lynching victims, as well.
 

Post-World War II to present

On both sides of Nolensville Road, from north of Oldham Drive to the south as far as York/Williams Road, are many structures from the 19th century that are still in use as homes and/or stores. The Home Place Bed and Breakfast was built in 1820 as a private residence. Within the described area above is a historic section, which in the 19th century was the center of Nolensville. Of note are the Waller Funeral Home, built in 1876; the Nolensville Mill Company, which operated from 1890 to 1986 (today it houses a store featuring Amish goods); and the Nolensville Co-Op Creamery, which operated from 1921 to 1957. Now serving as an antique store, the creamery had produced butter known for its excellence throughout the area. The house north of the cemetery today serves as a veterinary clinic.
 
Nolensville voted by referendum to reincorporate in August 1996. In October 1996, the first election was held, electing the first three-member Nolensville board of mayor and aldermen. The first mayor of Nolensville was Charles F. Knapper, elected along with Aldermen Thomas "Tommy" Dugger, III, and Parman Henry. The town for the first time hired a town attorney, Robert J. Notestine, III.
 
Since 1996, Nolensville has had sustained growth. New home developments have been built around the town, including Bent Creek, Winterset Woods, Burkitt Place, Silver Stream, Ballenger Farms, Sunset Farms, and Summerlyn. Nolensville has had 290 residential building permits since the 2010 census; it boasts of having the lowest property tax rates in Williamson County. Other signs of growth are the new multimillion-dollar town hall, proposals for multiuse developments, and a high level of investment in commercial real estate.
 
To accommodate the many new students brought by families settling in the area, the Williamson County School Board purchased 95 acres (38 ha) on the south side of Nolensville for the construction of new elementary, middle, and high schools. These opened in the fall of 2016.

Overview for Downtown Franklin, TN

9,788 people live in Downtown Franklin, where the median age is 42.3 and the average individual income is $32,019.8. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

9,788

Total Population

42.3 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$32,019.8

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Downtown Franklin, TN

Downtown Franklin has 4,027 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Downtown Franklin do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,788 people call Downtown Franklin home. The population density is 3,493.85 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

9,788

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

42.3

Median Age

44.47 / 55.53%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
4,027

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$32,019.8

Average individual Income

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Downtown Franklin, TN

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The following schools are within or nearby Downtown Franklin. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Johnson Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
2/5
Franklin Elementary
PUBLIC
PreK - 4th
4/5
Renaissance High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
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