Franklin, NC

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.

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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.

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