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City of Franklin, Tennessee Information

Williamson County Courthouse
Completed 1858
Photo by James Long

Williamson County's first courthouse was built from logs and the second one built from bricks, and both were situated in the center of the square.

The photograph above is the third courthouse and was completed in 1858 under the supervision of John W. Miller. Williamson county's courthouse is one of seven antebellum courthouses in Tennessee.

The four iron columns were smeltered at Fernvale, Tennessee and cast at a Franklin foundry.

It was used as Federal headquarters during the Civil War and served as a hospital after the Battle of Franklin.

The interior was remodeled in 1937, 1964, and 1976. The annex was added in 1976.

[Williamson County Courthouse Historical Society Marker will be available soon]

Franklin is the county seat of Williamson County.

The city of Franklin was founded October 26, 1799.

The city was named after Benjamin Franklin, a close friend of Dr. Hugh Williamson, a member of the Continental congress for whom Williamson County was named.

Population of Franklin: 20,100

Elevation: 646' Above Sea Level

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Historic Places Of Franklin

Franklin has many buildings, cemeteries and events that are of historic interest. We will continue to add historic information to this web site. St. Paul's Episcopal Church was built in 1831 at the corner of West Main and 6th Avenue. The first three-story building constructed in Tennessee was the 1823 Masonic Hall on 2nd Avenue. At least 10 historic homes are featured on the Heritage Foundation Town and Country Tour held the first weekend in May.

   Franklin and the Civil War

On November 30, 1864, Franklin was the site of a major Civil War battle on the banks of the Harpeth River between Confederate forces and Union forces. Five hours of intense fighting resulted in the death, wounding or capture of more than 6,000 Confederate soldiers and 2,000 Union soldiers. The confederacy lost six generals, seven more were among those wounded or captured. Many markers and other reminders recall the battle as this was one of the Civil War's most decisive and bloodiest.

Read about the Battle of Franklin, check out the latest efforts to Save The Franklin Battlefield, and learn other important Civil War information. Go here to read about the Battle of Franklin.

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Darlene Anderson

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