Franklin, NC was voted Top Small Town 2016 by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, recently featured in Where to Retire Magazine, and named one of Retirement Lifestyles Magazine’s Top 10 places to retire. The town is located approximately one hour from Asheville, NC, and two hours from Atlanta, Knoxville, TN, and Greenville, SC. Due to these accolades, its proximity to these popular cities, and its outdoor recreation lifestyle, Franklin, NC is a wonderful choice for those seeking family, retirement, or vacation homes.
Franklin, NC Area Attractions:
- Gem Mines – the Franklin, NC area is known as the “Gem Capital of the World” http://www.franklin-chamber.com/gem-mines/
- Waterfalls – Quarry Falls is just one of many in the Franklin, NC area http://www.franklin-chamber.com/waterfalls-wnc/
- Hiking – Many trails surround Franklin, NC, from 0.3 miles and much longer http://www.franklin-chamber.com/hiking/
- Franklin Gem & Mineral Museum – featuring an impressive 2.25-pound ruby from a local mine and more http://www.fgmm.org
- Scottish Tartans Museum – Early permanent settlers to the area were largely Scotch-Irish http://www.scottishtartans.org
- Ghost Tours – Where Shadows Walk: Franklin’s Haunted History Tour http://www.whereshadowswalk.com/franklin-s-historic-ghost-tours
- Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts – live professional theatre, concerts and more for the whole family http://www.greatmountainmusic.com
Franklin, NC History:
Franklin, NC was first known as “Nikwasi” or “center of activity” to the Cherokee people who lived in the area long before the first Europeans arrived. The remains of the Nikwasi Mound are still visible in downtown Franklin, NC.
European nations competing for dominance in the New World recognized the importance of the powerful Cherokees. Several major contacts, councils, and battles took place in the county. In 1820 the Cherokee were removed from the area and Europeans settled there permanently.
State commissioners Jesse Franklin and James Meabin came to the area in 1820 to plan the county seat. The town was later named in honor of Franklin, who became the governor of North Carolina that same year. Today Franklin, NC remains the seat of Macon County.