Receiving more than 69 percent of the final round votes, Franklin, TN, is the winner of the 2014 Greatest Southern Towns Bracket, hosted by Garden & Gun Magazine! Thirty-two towns were pitted against each other in this NCAA style bracket and more than 1.3 million votes were cast.
Franklin rallied its fan base early thanks to lots of homegrown support and some clever use of social media. After beating out Fairhope, AL, Oxford, MS, and Florence, AL, in the first three rounds, Franklin went head-to-head against Hot Springs, AR, in the final four. Voter support continued into the championship matchup against fan favorite Savannah, GA, where Franklin, TN brought home the title of Greatest Southern Town!
If you voted, rest assured your votes counted. The bracket tallied over 1.3 million individual votes from citizens across the country.
It goes without saying that the South is home to more great towns than could fit in one bracket, but we are happy to congratulate Franklin, TN, one of the many communities scattered along the Natchez Trace, on winning this great honor. Regardless of who took first prize, we hope this contest brought great attention to many of the wonderful places to live and visit throughout the Southeast.
If you haven’t heard of Franklin yet, it’s a town with a unique blend of history and progress. You’ll find the best of both worlds there: small-town charm and big-city sophistication. There are fascinating Civil War sites and museums, magnificent Antebellum and Victorian homes – plus a thriving downtown shopping area and the Cool Springs Galleria, unique dining and entertainment, and wonderful festivals. The town was home to once of the greatest battles of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin in 1864. But if history isn’t your only point of interest, we’re willing to bet you’ll find plenty of fun at one of the town’s eight annual festivals or numerous wonderful dinning and shopping establishments. Not to mention, the town is a mere twenty-or-so minutes from all the music and nightlife of Nashville, TN.
So, if you’d like to find out what all the fuss is about in Franklin, check it out online. While you’re at it, consider investigating the numerous other historic, recreational and culinary communities one can enjoy along the Natchez Trace. With over 400 miles of road, 18 unique towns and cities, and innumerable points of interest, you’re sure to enjoy every minute spent on the Trace.