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Franklin, TN Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 23
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,700
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 338
Committable Meeting Rooms* 14
Convention Center Space 25,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 175,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 13,552 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $121
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $140
*Maximum for a single hotel

Franklin, TN Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to the Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Franklin, a city guide for meeting professionals. Seamlessly blending carefully preserved history and the latest in modern amenities, Franklin is a fantastic meeting destination known for its accessibility, affordability and variety of flexible meeting spaces and accommodations. Set in the heart of scenic middle Tennessee, just 20 miles south of downtown Nashville, Franklin serves as the county seat of Williamson County, a picturesque area of rolling countryside, quaint towns and metropolitan landscapes. Franklin itself welcomes meeting delegates to its delightful historic downtown with more than 70 retail and specialty shops, antique shops, restaurants and live music and entertainment spots. Franklin’s blend of residential, commercial and corporate vitality make this Tennessee city a true meeting destination.

Franklin is situated just 20 miles from Nashville International Airport, which serves 70 markets and 50 nonstop markets, accommodating 380 daily flights and nearly 10 million passengers per year. Known for its customer-friendly service and award-winning concessions program, Nashville International offers nonstop service to such major markets as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York, Ontario, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, DC and many more. Once in the Franklin/Cool Springs area, delegates can hop aboard Franklin Transit’s fixed route or by-reservation bus service. Franklin Transit’s fixed route service, which runs Monday through Saturday, provides direct access to downtown Franklin, as well as historic and shopping attractions.

Franklin’s many meeting and event venues include the sprawling Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center, which features 29,000 square feet of flexible meeting space in the state’s fastest growing commercial development district. With 297 rooms and three suites with two concierge levels, the non-smoking hotel and conference center features such event spaces as the 6,150-square-foot outdoor Terrace and 13,552-square-foot Champion Ballroom, as well as on-site dining, an indoor pool, whirlpool, outdoor sun deck and fitness center – all within 20 miles of Nashville International Airport.

Aside from Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center, Franklin is home to a variety of unique venues perfect for group outings and gatherings. Situated within six blocks of historic downtown Franklin, The Factory at Franklin is a 250,000-square-foot complex of 12 Depression-era buildings turned into a unique shopping, dining, entertainment and event center. Event spaces include the 14,400-square-foot Liberty Hall with two stages, a catering kitchen, green room and mezzanine level, as well as the 10,000-square-foot Jamison Hall with a kitchen and stage, a 3,400-square-foot Commons Area surrounded by shops and restaurants, 2,250-square-foot Heritage Room with exposed brick and original pane windows, VIP Lounge, Courtyard and 6,000-square-foot Farmer’s Market Shed. Located within The Factory at Franklin, Boiler Room Theatre showcases live theater productions in an intimate space with natural acoustics, exposed brick and beams and nearly 40-foot ceilings. The 120-seat Boiler Room Theatre is available for private rentals and events. A second theatre space available for private events, the downtown Franklin Theatre is a charming space showcasing film, live music and theater, accommodating up to 322 guests.

Groups can immerse themselves in Franklin’s rich Civil War history at the popular Carnton Plantation, which once served as a field hospital during and after the 1864 Battle of Franklin. Built in 1826 and visited by such guests as President Andrew Jackson, Carnton Plantation welcomes groups to tour the house and gardens, as well as gather in its indoor and outdoor event space and under the 160-year-old Osage Orange tree found in the restored antebellum garden. Available for events that will also quench a group’s thirst, Arrington Vineyards features a unique Tasting Lodge with two tasting rooms and covered decks overlooking the grounds. Co-founded by country music star Kix Brooks in 2005, Arrington Vineyards offers free tastings, tours, private event bookings and group wine outings.

About Franklin, TN / Additional Info

A picturesque destination nestled in rolling middle Tennessee countryside, Franklin is known for its historic landmarks, live music venues, unique shopping and natural beauty. Founded in 1799 and named after Benjamin Franklin, for most of its first 180 years, Franklin was a small county seat and wealthy center of the plantation economy. Franklin’s quiet nature was brutally disrupted with the arrival of the Civil War, which devastated its economy. Known as one of the most fierce and decisive battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin left more than 8,000 dead or wounded after five hours of fighting and turned every home and building in town into a hospital. It took Franklin nearly 120 years to bring its economy back to its pre-war level, and in 1960s, the city experienced rapid growth, thanks to the interstate system. Today, Franklin enjoys the reputation as one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., as well a popular tourist destination.

Visitors can explore the area’s Civil War legacy throughout the Tennessee Civil War Trails, a self-guided brochure tour of key Civil War sites with markers and signage. Historic sites include The Carter House, an 1830-built, Federal-style home and farm that served as the headquarters for General Jacob D. Cox during the Battle of Franklin. Today, The Carter House is open for daily house and grounds tours, which illustrate its role in the war. Visitors can join Thomas Y. Cartwright’s Battlefield Tours, which depart from Lotz House, which served as the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. Led by one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin, these personalized tours take guests throughout the battlefield and battle-scarred house. The Franklin area’s natural beauty can be enjoyed from such highlights as the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, a scenic thoroughfare with a number of hiking trails and scenic overlooks. A birds-eye view of Franklin can be achieved aboard Ace High Ballooning, which offers sunrise and pre-sunset tours, complete with a traditional champagne ceremony upon landing.

Franklin’s historic downtown is an enjoyable, walkable district lined with specialty shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Franklin on Foot offers a variety of guided walking tours throughout historic downtown, focusing on such topics as the Civil War, resident ghosts and past Main Street mayhem. The downtown district is also home to a number of favorite eateries that demonstrate Franklin’s authentic barbecue and famous “meat and three’s,” as well as international cuisine. McCreary’s Irish Pub & Eatery specializes in Irish and American fare, while Red Pony serves award-winning seasonal Southern favorites in a vibrant setting. Situated in Main Street’s old Boat Locker, Pickett’s Boat House serves Southern fare, fresh Gulf Coast and Big Easy-inspired seafood and fresh Apalachicola oysters. Additional Franklin favorites include the airy, white-linen Boxwood Bistro and eclectic Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, a Southern-inspired eatery and unique live music venue.

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