Our Company Blog

Historic Franklin

Elite Insurance is proud to serve the entire state of Tennessee for many reasons. One of these reasons is the many special communities throughout the state. Franklin is a favorite town of ours because we love spending time in its historical downtown area. Preserved by two groups, the Downtown Franklin Association and the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, downtown Franklin offers specialty shops, restaurants, and art galleries in historical homes and buildings, along with festivals and special events. We would like to tell you more about historic Franklin.



One of the historical treasures located on the square in downtown Franklin, the Franklin Theater opened in the summer of 1937 and showed movies for the next 70 years. Unfortunately, the trend of the blockbuster movie palaces forced this theater to close in 2007; however, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County bought this historic landmark and invested more than eight million dollars in its renovation. You can still see movies at this site, but now you can also enjoy live music in this entertainment venue with a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system.


Located not far from the downtown square, Carnton Plantation is rich with Civil War-era history. Built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock, Carnton Plantation served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers after the devastating Battle of Franklin. The McGavock family also set aside almost two acres of land on their property for the burial of the dead Confederate soldiers. To show that humanity can still exist during times of war, Carnton Plantation was opened to the public in the late 1970’s and offers guided tours of the property every day.


A Civil War historical landmark found right off of the square, the Lotz House was at the center of the Battle of Franklin and now hosts a museum of this war between the states. Featuring its original furnishings that The Magazine Antiques named “the finest privately owned collection of American antiques in the Southeast,” the Lotz House also showcases the handcrafted woodworking of its original owner, Johann Lotz, paintings from Matilda Lotz, and artifacts that have been found in the home’s yard, which served as a battlefield. Another Civil War-era home nearby, the Carter House is also a museum dedicated to the bloody Battle of Franklin.


Housed in a Victorian building built around 1876, Gray’s on Main opened in 2013 after the restoration of the former landmark pharmacy, the Gray Drug Co. One of several restaurants found in downtown Franklin, Gray’s on Main offers three stories of dining and entertainment. On the first floor, you can dine on dishes featuring locally and regionally sourced ingredients. You can catch live music acts and drink handcrafted epicurean cocktails at the bar on its second floor. The top floor hosts a supper club exclusively for members in its SOCIETY.

Want to know more about historic Franklin? Contact Elite Insurance Solutions to find out our favorite places in this community.

Protecting Your Home from Storm Damage

As warmer weather moves into our area, the chances of destructive thunderstorms, floods, and tornadoes greatly increase. The agents at Elite Insurance Solutions have much experience with dealing with the aftermath of extreme weather by helping clients take care of storm-related damage. Unfortunately, these types of storms are becoming more and more typical. According to HouseLogic, an online resource for homeowners that is sponsored by the National Association of Realtors, home insurance prices have gone up as much as 30% over the past 15 years because the number of natural disasters that have caused $1 billion or more has doubled. To be the best prepared against Mother Nature, we would like to share with you some tips from HouseLogic on protecting your home from any extreme weather event.


Install a standby generator.

One of the most common occurrences during severe storms is a power outage. Storm-related blackouts are on the rise, and an average of 147 million customers have been without electricity for at least one hour as a result of severe storms. The event of a catastrophic tornado or flood could cause an affected home to be without power for weeks. Installing a standby generator that runs on natural gas or liquid propane can guarantee the operation of essential appliances like the sump pump that protects your basement from flooding. Able to restore power in seconds, the generator is wired directly into the electrical system of your home. While the price does vary depending on the wattage needed and the size of your home, a permanent generator can be expensive. If you are on a budget, a portable generator costs much less and can be just as helpful in the case of an emergency.

Increase the impact resistance of your home.

To protect your home against damage from strong winds, you have several options. If you have a gabled roof, you can add truss bracing to boost stability. Installing impact-resistant doors and windows can keep high winds from causing structural damage to your home as well as reduce outside noise, protect your house from intruders, and keep heated or cooled air from escaping.

Flood-proof your home.

The floods that devastated many parts of Tennessee in May 2010 taught us all some valuable lessons. A flooding retrofit that follows the guidelines set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program is the best way to protect your home from flood damage. The first level of your home must be elevated to at least flood level. You must also dry flood-proof your home by using materials like concrete to make any part of your home under flood level watertight. This will allow it to withstand floodwaters for at least 72 hours. Along with dry flood-proofing, you must wet flood-proof your house by making changes that will allow floodwater inside the home to minimize damage.

Want to learn more about protecting your home from storm damage? Contact Elite Insurance Solutions to talk to our agents about keeping your house and family safe in extreme weather events.