Walking in Downtown Franklin in the Winter

Downtown Franklin TN
Walking at night in Downtown Franklin TN


Everytime I go Downtown Franklin in the evening, I just feel happy. I don’t care if I am eating, drinking, walking, going to the movie – whatever. Even just driving through makes me smile. I love the feel of the lights on the poles and the warm lights coming from the businesses. It is usually quiet or fairly so, compared to the daytime. It seems to capture that feel we all long for of a simpler time when life wasn’t so complicated. Somehow I find it easier to relax there at the restaurants than if I am at a bigger place in Cool Springs.


We went to eat at McCreary’s this week.  I always enjoy being there – having a beer or some food.  Sometimes they have some music.  The place is small and intimate.  I love the quote around the ceiling – a Celtic Blessing.  It is actually a part of a quote from the “Breastplate of St. Patrick”.  I posted this on Facebook and a dear Irish friend sent me the whole thing.  Here is the part on the wall at McCreary’s:


Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, 
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height.
I feel this way though at other restaurants.  Whenever my brother comes into town, we eat at the Mellow Mushroom, because they too love going to Downtown Franklin when they are here – to think of home and enjoy the atmosphere that is Franklin.  Or the festivals – I go just to hang out downtown. Or to enjoy the shops and the vendors.  And I always see friends.  I like that too.

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