An important Civil War site, Franklin, Tennessee, is known for its Southern charm and Victorian buildings. That warm feel and historical bent converge at The Harpeth, downtown Franklin's first hotel, set to open in September 2019.
It sits on the bank of the Harpeth River, which played a major role in the war's Battle of Franklin.
The hotel is an homage to Southern hospitality, with 21 styles of guest rooms meant to evoke the warmth of a Southern home. Elements found here, such as chevron and herringbone patterns, extend throughout the property, weaving through the lobby, library and convention area.
The Harpeth's design tells many stories, some of which you can even hold in your hand. You'll find copies of "The Widow of the South" throughout the hotel. Its tale—based on a true story—sets you square in the middle of the Civil War and introduces you to Franklin's Carrie McGavock.
Another throwback can be found at The Harpeth's cafe, McGavock's Coffee Bar & Provisions. A general store-like atmosphere is recreated with reclaimed tables, farm chairs and tile designs from the early 19th century.
Of course, Tennesssee is also known for its distilling heritage, so The Harpeth's 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails is imbued in "whiskey barrel architecture."
Additional historical touches include wall sconces that resemble the decorative handmade lace found in ballroom dresses of the early 20th century and carpeting inspired by the daffodils in the garden of Civil War site Carnton.