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.