Sep 03 2013

Historic Sites in Franklin TN

The McGavock's Franklin Mansion was called the Carnton Plantation

The McGavock’s Franklin Mansion was called the Carnton Plantation

One of the many things Franklin has to offer is the terrific history from the Civil War. In fact many tourists come here to see the historic sites and then are delighted to have landed in such a cute town. The city of Franklin has been diligent to protect the Civil War history in Franklin.

The Battle of Franklin took place on November 30, 1864. It was among the bloodiest of the Civil War Battles. The city is gearing up for the 150 year anniversary in 2014. There are preservationists that are raising money to try to buy more battlefield land from the commercial sites that currently stand there. There have been 3 new parks added in recent years. Here is a nice summary of the battle and the ongoing efforts for preservation.

The main sites for Civil War buffs or general historians are the Carnton Mansion off Lewisburg Pike. There is a park near it – the Eastern Flank Battle Park. It is currently being renovated from the old status of golf course. Beside the Carnton mansion is the Confederate Cemetary. It is really a neat experience to go there. The book, Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks, details the journey of Carrie McGavock who tried to identify and memorialize the men who died in the Battle. You can read more at Robert’s site,

The Carter House and the Lotz House are across the street from each other on Columbia Pike. The Carter house has bullets in it from the day of the battle. One of the family members in the house died in the battle. It is an excellent tour. I took it several times in my elementary field trip days. (Smiley face goes here.) The Lotz House is across the street and a compliment to the Carter House. The house stood at the time of battle and the Lotz family weathered the battle in the basement of the Carter House. Today it is a historical replica of the time. There is even a set of candlestick sconces there that my dad donated that came from his mother’s estate. features information about the Carter House and the Carnton Mansion.

My friend has just opened a new Inn in her historic family home. You can find the historical influence all through the town. Historic churches and the old courthouse. Many of the houses along 3rd Avenue and West Main date back the 1800’s and early 1900’s. They have signs in the front yard with the dates. If you happen to be here when we have the homes tours, you can see inside of some of the homes. Come and take in the history of a thriving southern town.

This home in Downtown Franklin was in the direct path of the Battle of Franklin.  A member of the family fought in that battle.

This home in Downtown Franklin was in the direct path of the Battle of Franklin. A member of the family fought in that battle.


This is the cemetery where Carrie McGavock worked so hard to identify and label soldiers graves.

This is the cemetery where Carrie McGavock worked so hard to identify and label soldiers graves.



Jul 22 2013

What is fun at the Williamson County Fair? Everything!

Welcome to the Midway at night!  The Williamson County Fair in Franklin TN has fun for all ages!

Welcome to the Midway at night! The Williamson County Fair in Franklin TN has fun for all ages!

When I say the words, “county fair”, what do you think of? Do you have memories of going to the state fair or a county fair in your town?  Do you have memories of reading books about the whole community participating in the county fair?  What images come to mind? Quilts, cotton candy, live music, the Ferris Wheel, or maybe a petting zoo. All of these things are part of the fun I have experienced at the Williamson County Fair in August at the Ag Center on Long Lane. They started it up again about 8 years ago. I can’t remember exactly when, but not too long ago.

Some of my fun memories of the fair include the year we went after we bought our new camera and wanted to capture the sights and colors of the fair. My husband probably took the picture you see featured here. He is the visual creative of this duo. I took some too, but the best ones inevitably turn out to be his. We waited for dark and experimented with our settings and tried to capture cool views. The next year I entered some photos I had taken into the Photography competition. Two of my photos received second place in their categories. That was fun – to improve my skill and enter it into competition and exhibition. I do enjoy the art, photography and the quilts that are on exhibition.

I also enjoy the live music. Because this is Nashville, it is always good. The fair has several stages going at the same time, so if you don’t like what you hear at one stage, move along and you will find some more not far off. The food selections are what you expect at a fair. No disappointment there. The fair has not moved to healthy, organic food. They still serve cotton candy, ice cream, real lemonade and turkey legs. And of course, funnel cakes!

There are lots of competitions – food, art, music, beauty pageants, and animal displays. I love that it still celebrates the craft skills that seem to becoming a rarity in our nation. My daughter has done the pageant 2 or 3 times. She was first runner up one year. It is a simple and inexpensive pageant for those who want to do one, but don’t want to get into the serious competitive part of the industry. They start from the very young up to age 20.

And let us not forget the Midway. Riding the rides is a highlight of any fair-going experience. Especially for the teens. You can pay per ride, or buy a wristband to ride for the whole day.

For more information, check out the Williamson County Fair website. They have all the applications and schedules. The dates for 2013 are August 2-10.

I’ll be going! Maybe I will see you there!




Jul 09 2013

Where to Listen to Live Music in Franklin TN?

I heard the Ham Family at the Puckett's Boathouse.  They are terrific!  Folksy - The dad, Mark and his 3 sons.  Talent oozing.

I heard the Ham Family at the Puckett’s Boathouse. They are terrific! Folksy – The dad, Mark and his 3 sons. Talent oozing.

Good Question! Not so long ago, there were not a lot of places in Franklin to hear live music – despite the fact that we had lots of music people living in the area. I think the arrival of the Tin Roof 2 in Cool Springs was a bit of a game changer in that area. Mickey Roos BBQ was also an early player in providing live music for Franklin. I used to go to Mickey Roos fairly often on Bike Night with my Biker friends and we enjoyed the patio and the live music when it got going later in the evening. Now there are lots of places to hear live music. I am so glad I can stay close to home to hear great music instead of standing in line at the Bluebird or hanging out on Broadway in Nashville, though I do enjoy going to 3rd and Lindsley once in a while.

Places to hear live music include:
Mickey Roos on Hillsboro Road
Tin Roof 2 on Carothers in Cool Springs
Kimbros on Margin St. near downtown Franklin (great quirky bar)
Bunganut Pig on Columbia Pike – sometimes they have an indoor and outdoor option.
Pucketts on 4th Avenue in Downtown Franklin and their partner restaurants, Puckett’s Boathouse near 1st Avenue and Pucketts in Leiper’s Fork.
The Franklin Art Scene. I have been hearing bands or musicians play as I walk around town.

Those are the regular places to hear good music, well, it may not always be good, but most of the music around here is. One thing I am never afraid of and that is that the music will be bad. More often than not, you end up hearing session and touring musicians of 20+ years just kicking around with friends at the local places or backing up their younger friends or proteges. I really get spoiled.  If I hear live music anywhere else, I am often disappointed.  I just think this level of skill is normal.  Get your perks where you can, I say.  And great music in Franklin TN are some of our best perks!  I am sharing photos of some of my personal favorite bands/singers.  One that I don’t have a photo for is  They have some serious old style country music.

There are other venues, like some of the parks in summer.  I will write about them separately.

Is there somewhere else you like to hear music? Which of these is your favorite?

Jan was the Maid of Honor at my wedding and my Grown up #BFF!

Jan was the Maid of Honor at my wedding and my Grown up #BFF!

Dale and his wife, Jan, have been my longtime friends.  Dale has been singing off and on for many years.  I love his mixed style of personal music and favorite covers. He is a great entertainer.

Dale and his wife, Jan, have been my longtime friends. Dale has been singing off and on for many years. I love his mixed style of personal music and favorite covers. He is a great entertainer.


Jul 09 2013

Who has the Best Blog in Franklin TN?

I was thrilled to be voted 3rd best Blog in Williamson County. Thanks!

I was thrilled to be voted 3rd best Blog in Williamson County. Thanks!

Well, that is certainly a subjective question.  There are a number of excellent blogs about Franklin TN with various areas of interest.  My blog was nominated for the Pick of Williamson as the Best Blog as offered by the Tennessean newspaper recently. Here is the link.  Well, since I didn’t even know I was nominated, I was thrilled to receive the 3rd place award.  If you voted for me – Thanks a bunch!  I hope you will like it and take a minute to comment with your experiences and additions to my stories.


Jun 25 2013

Market Statistics for May 2013 for Williamson County TN

Real Estate Statistics in Franklin, TN May 2013

The real estate market has been very busy this spring. The market rebound began last November and has continued to be strong through the spring. Single family home sales volume was up 21% from 2012! The condo market was actually down a bit. And I can see that reflected in my listing inventory. The houses have been selling faster than the condos. In Franklin we are seeing many houses selling with multiple offers in the price ranges up to about $400,000. The inventory has been down and houses have had several possible buyers. New construction has been booming as well. Buyers, unable to find resales they like, opt for a new house that might be slightly off their ideal – either in price or location – but provide a desirable alternative to the lack of resales. I have personally observed the prices increasing too. Sellers are pushing the market to see where it will go. And it appears to me that the market is beginning to push back. That pricing might be stabilizing a bit. I will continue to watch through the summer and see what pricing does. East Nashville has also been a highly desirable area with a lack of inventory and multiple offers.

Here is the data from the Williamson County Association of Realtor – May 2013 Statistics.


Jun 24 2013

New Kroger coming on Hwy 96


The Goodwill has been moved and the new Kroger is in process. The face of Highway 96 is changing. Construction along the shopping lanes and also the road at Mack Hatcher will change the whole corridor.  This article has some more news.  The Goodwill has already moved and business is as usual.


Jun 23 2013

My Franklin Art Scene Experiences, Franklin TN

Hendley Fine Art in Franklin, TN

Kristy Hendley Spring Fine Art. She has beautiful, textured pieces.

As downtown Franklin, TN continues to grow in popularity as a place that people just like to go, the Art Scene on the first Friday night of the month is one of the most laid back, interesting and easy events to attend.  There is art from local artists at many of the businesses in downtown Franklin, and yet most of those businesses are not actually on Main Street.  It is a great time to get out and see other businesses in an “open house” style, friendly atmosphere.  2nd Avenue has been a favorite place for me to see friends and look at art.  There is a realty company, art gallery, antique store and a personal home that are open with art, wine and Hors D’ oeuvres.  And if you are drawn to candy, you can visit the Honey Sweets at the end of the street.

This is a great evening to see friends you know or make some new friends.  I have lived in Franklin for over 30 years, so I know a few folks in town.  The most fun part for my husband and me is to just walk around and see friends we know in town.  We never know who we will see, so it is just a fun, open time with the expectation for a good, casual social evening.

We have really been enjoying the art as well.  The diversity of art in our local community never ceases to amaze me.  The mediums people use and the textures, or lack of are always new to me.  As a budding creative mind, I don’t automatically see the things the way these fine artists do – the way they stack colors or weld metal.  The end result is pleasing in a way that I cannot see in my own skill set.  My husband, Mark, is a fine artist and the way he puts together colors and landscapes are so interesting to me.  All of this art around me has inspired me though – to take up a small canvas, and one color at a time, put something of beauty on it.  I think I will have to use red in it somewhere though – that is my favorite color.

The Art Scene is also along Main Street and has been expanding up Columbia Pike.  Check out the map at the link for the Art Scene below.  Some neat things I have noticed is that live music has also become more a part of the evening.  Some locations have musicians performing at their business.  It is very unlikely to see it all on one evening, so it can easily be a regular event and be changing each month.  I encourage you all to take an opportunity to enjoy this gem of an event.  Use it to see art, meet friends, and learn new things about our terrific businesses in various locations in downtown Franklin.   This may also help you shop locally because it is a good time for exploring new places.

For more information about schedules and opportunities, check out their web page,

Robert Cortner, metal artist, Franklin, TN

Robert Cortner, metal artist. He has some really individualized metal pieces of all sizes.


Jun 19 2013

Brentwood Pointe Community in Franklin and Brentwood TN

Brentwood Pointe Condominiums in Franklin and Brentwood TN have newer and older units to provide lots of options to buyers

Brentwood Pointe Condominiums in Franklin and Brentwood TN have newer and older units to provide lots of options to buyers

Brentwood Pointe is the original “Cool Springs Condo Community”.   Haury and Smith started building units there beginning in about  1982 and are in the process of finishing up the last view units at “The View” right now.


This community is very conveniently located on General George Patton Dr. in Franklin and Brentwood.  As well as being in 2 different towns, they are also in different school zones.  If town or school zones are important to you, make sure the unit you are interested in is where you want to be.  It is very easy access to everything in Cool Springs.  It is still a “car necessary” community.  There are some businesses nearby, but not restaurants and shops that make for a walking / shopping lifestyle.  There is also a 55 + community with an assisted living center as part of the community.  These are all one level living.  The Assisted Living information can be found at:


The community has had an evolution of housing.  The community began with condominium units that were a blend of two level townhouse living and one level housing that both had outdoor parking in the front of the unit. These sections have 2 and 3 bedrooms units.  As the building continued in the next phase they added many more one level units with 2 car carports in the back of the units.  These units have a private patio and carport behind them with a kitchen entry point and alley parking.  These units mostly have 3 bedrooms and some have an upstairs bonus room.  The pricing for these older units depends largely on two factors – is it a one or two level, with the one levels being more sought after in this community, and the condition of the unit.  If the units have been updated and well cared for, they will be worth more to buyers than units that have had no upgrades done since they were built in the 1980s and 1990s.  The later sections are built a little differently.  They are built up on the hillside and are called “The View”.  They have a wonderful view of the Cool Springs area.  These units are usually 2 levels, but some of them have a master bedroom down, which is different from the 2 levels in the original communities.  There are 2 and 3 bedroom units and some of them have one car garages.  Most of them have decks in the back of the unit.


All the units have access to pools and tennis courts.  There are 4 pools and several tennis courts.


Not all of the communities are managed by the the same HOA management company.  There is a link specific for Section 2.


The link below is the company that manages The View.  They don’t have much helpful information on their website though – you will need to call or email them.  Sentry Management


The unit in the photo is currently for sale, listed by me, and offered at $229,900 as of June 2013.


Apr 25 2013

Condo Options Overview in Franklin TN

There are lots of condo options in Franklin TN

There are lots of condo options in Franklin TN

Condos continue to be a great way to live for people who want a turnkey kind of lifestyle.  Condos do not usually require much, if any, lawn care.  The exterior of the unit is cared for by the Homeowner’s Association.   Often, condos can be found in convenient areas near shopping, restaurants and amenities.  They are available in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom sizes, usually.  That is the case in Franklin, though I have seen the occasional 4 bedroom or multi use room used as a bedroom.


There are some communities that have been here in Franklin for a while, Orlean’s Estate across from Franklin High, Indian Springs on Murfreesboro Road, Laurelwood  and Regency Square on Boyd Mill Pike near Jim Warren Park, and the Carriage Park condos off Lewisburg Pike.  I know Orlean’s Estate did some extensive exterior work on their units recently.  The Carriage Park units are arranged in such a way that most of them have very private back yards.  Southwinds near the Franklin Post Office has some units they converted from apartments or townhouses into condos.  River Rest is in the Grassland Community.  They have one and 2 level units.


There has been a lot of building recently of new condominium communities.  Hardison Hills is a large community on the west side of Franklin. It has one and 2 level units with 1-3 bedrooms.  Prescott Place is in the Fieldstone Farms community. They have one car garages.  There are the 3 level units with garages at Andover.  These are within walking distance to the south parts of Cool Springs.  Park Run in McKay’s Mill has a convenient location too.


The newer condos are in many varied price points.  As we move up a bit in price, we see some differences – among them are larger units, maybe 2 car garages, granite, terrific locations.  These communities would be Parkside at Aspen Grove – 2 bedroom units right in Cool Springs,  Forrest Crossing, Brentwood Pointe  – which has several different kinds of units and may have a post of its own.  General’s Retreat is a small community with units that have garages, and is fairly close to downtown Franklin. McKay’s Mill has some great units – so great that they don’t come on the market often.  Jamison Station has loft type units and some of them have elevators.  Check out an earlier post on them.  They weathered a bit of a downturn from the market, but are thriving now in their great location near the Factory.  Some of the units have elevators.  Berry Farms is the newest community.  Berry Farms is a mixed unit community south of Franklin near I-65 and they seem to be selling well in preconstruction.  Millgate townhomes have 2 car garages and master bedrooms down and are convenient to many areas.


Jamison Station would also be included as we move into next price range.  Some of the units are large and a few are mixed zoning which makes them great for people who want to run a business out of their home, but need a commercial zone.  Grant Park, right in Cool Springs has a terrific location by Whole Foods.   Gateway Village is near Moores Lane.  They have a growing retail community right there near the units.   Willow Springs has some nice townhomes also – and the community has a lake and lots of single family homes.  The Preserve at Forrest Crossing occasionally has a resident move out.  These units feel a lot like a single family home.  And the Ashton Park and Westhaven condos are townhouses – 2-3 floors with beautiful finishes and garages.  Ashton Park is in Cool Springs and the Westhaven condos have their own draw in the Westhaven community that offers so much for its residences.


There is one more segment of condos in Franklin – the 55+ communities.  These are age restricted communites.  Reid Hill Commons – brick units on the west side of Franklin with garages.  Windsor Park is in the Fieldstone Farms community of homes – right across from the Pulix.  Morningside is in Cool Springs.  One level units with an assisted living center in the same community.


What kind of condo do you prefer?


Apr 17 2013

Spring in Franklin TN – Main Street Festival

Welcome Spring Franklin TN

Well, it is April 17th. Several months have passed since the most interesting parts of winter, notably Christmas. It has been a long winter here as in most places in the country. Spring appears to have arrived, though we will see a sneak down in temps this weekend. The trees are blooming and the sweet green of the young leaves are appearing on the leaves. This really is a beautiful time of year. I see all my friends excited about the weather change and posting wonderful spring photos on Facebook. The real estate market has been busy through the winter though. We have lots of new neighbors in the area and not enough inventory. As a result of this, the new construction has been booming! I just helped a client close a fabulous new construction home yesterday.


I wanted to say a few things about the Main Street Festival that is coming up in 10 days. I may have even written about it before. It is a wonderful event in Spring when most of the town comes out to stroll around downtown, eat kettle corn, listen to some great live music and buy wonderful crafts from area artisans. I always see friends in town when I go. It reminds me that Franklin is still a small town. The dates this year are April 27 and 28, 2013. Please go to the Heritage Foundation site for more info about it. I expect they will post a schedule for the music shortly.


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