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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.

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THE FRANKLIN THEATER

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.

CARNTON PLANTATION

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.

LOTZ HOUSE

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.

GRAY’S ON MAIN

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.

Why We Are Proud to Protect Nashvillians

The rest of the world has discovered our secret! Nashville is quickly becoming one of the best cities in the country to call home, and people from all over are moving here to be a part of our cool town. The statistics and press speak for themselves. According to Livability, Travel + Leisure ranked Nashville third on its list of Best American Cities, Forbes.com ranked the city fifth on its U.S. Regions to Watch in 2014 list, and 35,000 people are moving here every year! At Elite Insurance Solutions, we have watched our beloved Nashville change and grow over the years, and we are always proud to say we help Nashvillians with all of their insurance needs. We would like to share with you some of the best things about Nashville so you can see why we love protecting the citizens of this beautiful city.

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LIVE MUSIC OF ALL GENRES

Thanks to the more than 120 live music venues in Nashville, you can choose between seeing pop, rock, country, gospel, rap, blues, and Americana acts all over town on any given night. You may be lucky enough to catch someone famous at The Bluebird Cafe in Green Hills or even discover someone new at one of the many writers’ nights in Nashville. If you prefer classical music, we have the acclaimed Nashville Symphony, who performs in the recently-built architectural wonder, the Schermerhorn Center. You can also find opera, ballet, and jazz in our city.

GREEN SPACES

Listed by USA Today as one of 10 cities with the Best Green Urban Spaces in North America, Nashville is home to many parks, trails, and greenways. You can find horse trails, nature centers, picnic shelters, athletic fields, swimming pools, golf courses, and scenic views. One of the best things about Nashville is downtown is just 10 minutes away from beautiful rolling hills, farms, and other country settings.

UNIQUE AND VARIED FOOD SCENE

We feel very fortunate to enjoy Nashville’s food scene. Our restaurants are constantly visited by newspapers, magazines, and cable food channels to feature our best food options. Our cuisine ranges from hot chicken at Bolton’s to fluffy biscuits at the Loveless Cafe to high-end restaurants with inventive chefs like Husk and City House. For an area filled with some of the best locally-owned restaurants, visit the East Nashville neighborhood for a variety of refreshing non-chain dining establishments.

THE ATHENS OF THE SOUTH

One of Nashville’s nicknames, the city is the home to 21 four-year undergraduate and post-graduate colleges and universities. Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, and Belmont University are among the choices. One of the best public universities in the state, Middle Tennessee State University, is located about 30 miles away in Murfreesboro.

THE FRIENDLY, LEISURELY LIFESTYLE

A very typical Southern town, you will always find friendly faces in Nashville. We love our small town feel mixed with the excitement of big city energy. Nashville is a very welcoming community, and we are proud of the cultural diversity that you will find in our city.

Want to know more of our favorite things about Nashville? Contact Elite Insurance Solutions today to learn more about our wonderful city.