Franklin Walking Tours

Take a tour of the south's most charming Main St. with Franklin's top-rated guide. 

Franklin Walking Tours

Take an intimate tour of one of the south's most charming cities.

Fall in Love With Franklin

Franklin makes it easy to have a great time. From our nationally-recognized historic Main Street to the incredible boutique shopping, dining, and classic architecture, we have something for everyone. Whether you're a native or here for the first time, come take a walk with us!

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Our Tours

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Franklin Charm

2 Hours

If you’re looking for Franklin’s best stories (and a few secrets), we have you covered. We’ll take you from our founding through the Civil War, and on to present day. This tour includes several stops where you’ll meet locals who share brief histories of their buildings. The tour ends at a local sweet shop for a special treat before we say goodbye.

Monday-Saturday at 9:30AM

$29.50 adult, $18 age 2-12, under 2 free

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Grim and Ghostly

90 Minutes

This walk through the historic district takes you past the most haunted buildings in town. You’ll hear ghost and crime stories ranging from the merely mischievous to the downright dark. Sure to entertain history geeks, murderinos, and paranormal enthusiasts alike. 

Nightly at 7PM

This award-winning tour is our most popular.

$24 adults, $15 teens, $10 children 2-12, under 2 free

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Tombstone Tales

One Night Only!

You'll never forget the site of the costumed actors of all ages in our historic cemeteries, eerily illuminated by the glow of lanterns. As you approach each one, they'll tell you stories of those buried beneath. Enjoy this annual night of fashion, theatre, and Franklin's remarkable past.

History comes alive when told from the grave.

Oct 28th from 7-9PM

(Arrive at 8pm to avoid opening crowd.)

$20 adults, $10 teens, $5 children 2-12, under 2 free

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Haunted Hall Tour SOLD OUT

We have wanted to lead night tours here FOR YEARS, and this is finally our chance. 

This historic Masonic Hall has seen betrayals, celebrations, murders, and more. Walk in the footsteps of a President, a Chickasaw chief, the enslaved, and see graffiti left behind by occupying Civil War soldiers from the 1860s. You'll hear about past and current hauntings as your small group enjoys unprecedented access to this grand old building.

Saturdays, October 14, 21, and 28, 2023

10:00pm-11:00pm

$40 per person

115 2nd Ave S, Franklin, TN

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Franklin's Fierce Females

1 Hour

Don't confuse Southern ladies with shrinking violets. Franklin has been home to some of the bravest, wildest and most remarkable women you could imagine. We'll tell you about scrappy settlers, heroines and spies of the Civil War, a rule-breaking socialite, and a trail-blazing suffragette. From a six year-old child who survived the eye of the Battle of Franklin to then become a famous artist to current Frankliner Lillian Stewart, our first (and only!) female mayor, these women's stories will amaze and inspire you.

Monday-Saturday at 1PM

$20 adults, $15 teens, $10 children 2-12, under 2 free

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Psychic
Walk!

90 Minutes

Join your tour guide and celebrity psychic DEB LANTZ for an evening at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin in search of communication with the other side. We'll meet at the Carter Hill site in historic Franklin.

This event will include use of an EVP recorder and lighted EMF tripwire, (as seen on Kindred Spirits), as well as a spirit box using the Estes method. 

Past walks have revealed healing messages and previously unknown facts about people and buildings that were later confirmed. 

Next Event TBA

7:30pm-9:00pm         Carter Hill Park

$60/pp Limited to 50 guests 

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Private
Tour

90 minutes-4 Hours

Looking for something special? Maybe an all-Civil War tour, VIP shopping spree, boozy bar crawl, or an extra graphic crime tour? Let us create a custom experience just for you. Perfect for families, girls' trips, church groups, corporate outings, field trips, book clubs, etc.

Contact us to schedule.

Rates vary based on tour length and number of visitors.

Tours* start at Landmark Booksellers,
114 E MAIN ST
Franklin, TN 37064

*with the exception of special October events such as TOMBSTONE TALES and Haunted Jailhouse tours. See ticketing confirmation for correct meeting place or call us to confirm. Thank you!

What people are saying...

"We took the family on a ghost walk in Franklin and it was nothing short of a great night. The guide is a natural storyteller with extensive knowledge of Franklin's history, especially the ghostly. Plenty of buildings and houses with amazing stories to be told. I would recommend Franklin Walking Tours to anyone that wants to have a great time and learn history that most outsiders will never know."

~ Rob Story

"Franklin Walking Tours is THE BEST walking tour in Franklin today! Alicia King Marshall will guide you through the very best of downtown Franklin. Her passion and knowledge of Franklin history is vast. She will share the backstories of Franklin’s most fascinating people. You will enjoy this incredibly fun 2-hour Franklin Charm walking tour. Perfect for couples and families or a great girlfriend getaway. I recommend it to vacationers and Franklin locals. You will learn so much you didn’t know about our beloved town. Meet at the historic Landmark Booksellers and your final stop will end with a sweet treat from one of Franklin’s best bakeries! Book your tour today!!🍪❤️"

~ Buffie Baril

"Alicia is the BEST! Not only is her story telling wonderful and animated, she provides accurate historical facts about the town of Franklin. Every ghost story is sure to give you goosebumps and you’ll be ready to learn more after every tour. She shows everyone pictures captured by walking tour guests in the past that will have your whole friend group or family talking about it for days. I’ve attended multiple walking tours hosted by her and I have loved all of them. It’s a must when I have people visit me! Best walking tour in Franklin! Book with Franklin Walking Tours. You won’t be disappointed!"

~ Carson Hill

"I had a wonderful tour with Alicia King Marshall today. She is extremely personable and passionate about Franklin. Her knowledge of Franklin is deep and varied having an excellent grasp of history, art, worship and the people who live here. I found myself not only excited but curious to learn more. She is a remarkable tour guide."

~ Beth Baldwin

“The Ghost Tour was a blast! I'm a local but I learned a ton about the "darker" history of the city. Super informative and a great time for kids as well.”

~ John Peterson

“Beautiful city and a very informative tour! Highly recommend to anyone visiting or for a local looking to learn a whole lot more about this charming city. ”

~ Sarah Walters

"We took the Charming Tour and it was fantastic. Alicia was our guide and she is the best tour guide. She knows Franklin better than anyone and shares her knowledge of the rich historical background of the city. Alicia also shared lots of tidbits of the long ago residents. Whether you're a local or a visitor, you will learn so much and have fun along the way."

~ Carol Gray

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