Williamson County is still farm country and gentrification hasn’t changed that. It is now one of the country’s wealthiest counties, attracting suburbanites who appreciate local history and character within easy access. Long before Cool Springs and Brentwood developed from pastures to mega suburbs, a small following of homebuyers settled into Historic Franklin, a unique, yet unpretentious, antebellum township. Franklin was the site of several key battles during the Civil War, with bullet holes still visible in some walls. Rich in history and tradition, its 15-block historic downtown district has been restored and now thrives with trade and tourism. It is listed on many travel guides and features clothing stores, antique shops, art galleries and more. One visitor hotspot is the mansion at Carnton, an 1826 plantation complete with an onsite Civil War cemetery. Franklin is the centerpiece and county seat of Williamson County. From the old-time charm of its historic downtown, it?s only a couple miles to more modern, expensive homes of NFL stars and famous musicians, and to the Cool Springs area, location of numerous upscale restaurants and the Cool Springs Galleria Mall. Only a half-hour commute to downtown Nashville, Williamson County has five neighborhood parks complete with nature and fitness trails, tennis courts and playgrounds. Available housing includes historic homes near the Franklin town square, rural mini-farms, and cluster homes in new developments.
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