Fourteen miles and 100 years from Nashville, Downtown Franklin is an oasis of Southern hospitality housed in a 16-block historic district of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries, boutiques and restored homes. Franklin’s award-winning Main Street is a charming stretch of antique shops, specialty stores, art galleries and restaurants. History buffs love the historic Carter House, site of one of the bloodiest Civil War battles. Among Franklin’s sights, you’ll find Carnton Plantation, which served as the main field hospital for Confederate soldiers, and a cemetery that is the final resting place for 1,500 men who died in the aforementioned battle. What’s more, many country music stars enjoy unpestered lives in Franklin thanks to the area’s focus on privacy, hospitality and community—the true Southern way. Walking and trolley tours are fun ways of getting acquainted with the area’s history.