THE CITY & COUNTY
Franklin, Tennessee is Rooted in the Americana Music Triangle – where you’ll find a quintessential Main Street, music of all genres, a deep sense of history and an abundance of Southern inspiration.
Voted “Greatest Southern Town” by Garden and Gun Magazine, Franklin is 17 miles south of Nashville with a population of approximately 66,000. Visitors enjoy the 15-block historic district that offers true southern hospitality. The uniquely elegant shops downtown offer a variety of restaurants, entertainment, boutiques, gift shops, and galleries.
In 1995, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Franklin as a “Great American Main Street” town. Since then, Franklin has been collecting accolades such as “America’s Most Romantic Main Street” and ranking on top ten lists like “Charming Small Towns of the South” just to name a few.
The Park at Harlinsdale was established in 1933 by W.W. Harlin, Harlinsdale Farm has been called the most significant historic farm associated with the modern Tennessee Walking Horse industry. As famous as the farm itself is its prize stallion ‘Midnight Sun’. The famous horse became the first repeat World Grand Champion. The success of Midnight Sun has yet to be rivaled by any other Tennessee Walking Horse.
From the 1940s until 2004, the farm served as a breeding operation. In 2004, the Harlin Family sold the 200-acre farm to the City of Franklin, understanding that the property would be developed as a passive park while maintaining and protecting its history.
The City opened the park for the community’s enjoyment in September 2007. Franklin residents and guests alike enjoy walking and picnicking on the grounds. Additionally, the park offers a 3-acre pond for catch-and-release fishing, a 5-kilometer soft track for walking or running, and 200 acres of rolling farmland.