Tours

Discover History

About the Behind the Scenes Tour:
The Behind the Scenes Tour lets visitors get a peek into the hidden spaces of the Masonic Hall, Franklin’s oldest public building. The tour visits the first floor community space, second floor Blue Lodge and preparation rooms, and third floor Royal Arch lodge room. Visitors will learn about early interactions between Native Americans, enslaved blacks, and white settlers in early Franklin, the Masons of Hiram Lodge No. 7’s role in Franklin and Tennessee’s development, the home-front and Federal occupation during the Civil War, African American community’s struggle to gain and keep rights during Reconstruction–epitomized in the Franklin Race Riot–and Jim Crow and modernization in Franklin. Visitors will see fingerprints left by enslaved workers in the bricks, 200 year old Masonic lodge rooms, and Civil War graffiti left behind by soldiers who used the Hall during Occupation and the Battle of Franklin.

We are not offering tours in January.

When: Tours are offered Thursdays and Fridays at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. and last approximately 90 minutes
Where: Historic Franklin Masonic Hall,
115 2nd Ave. S., Franklin, TN 37064
How: Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door or online below:


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About the Cultural Landscape Tour:
This specialty walking tour explores the people and events that shaped and formed the unique place that was and is Franklin, Tennessee. Visitors will learn the stories of people, sites, and thoroughfares important to this area’s history and identity, stories that help flesh out its character. They should leave with a greater understanding of the town’s historic fabric–both extant and now gone–and sense of place. Beginning on 2nd Ave. S. at the Masonic Hall, the walking tour visits select sites around downtown Franklin and ends at the Public Square, lasting approximately an hour and a half. Visitors should dress for warm weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water.

When: By request. Please email info@hfmhfoundation.org to request a tour.
Where: Tour begins at the Historic Franklin Masonic Hall,
115 2nd Ave. S., Franklin, TN 37064 and ends at the Public Square
How: Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door or online below:




contact us

Email
info@hfmhfoundation.org

Phone
615.584.4523 or 615.790.1688

Address
Historic Franklin Masonic Hall Foundation
115 2nd Ave South
Franklin, Tennessee 37064

directions

We are located in the heart of Historic Franklin, right off of Highway 31 (Columbia Pike) and 2nd Avenue South. From I 65 South, take exit 69 (turning right onto Murfreesboro Road.) Head west for 4 miles into the historic district. Crossing the railroad tracks, take the second right onto Church Street. At the corner of Church Street and 2nd Ave. South, turn left. The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall sits next to St. Phillip’s Catholic Church Annex and directly across from the 2nd Ave South Parking garage.

From I 65 north, take exit 69 (turning left onto Murfreesboro Road.) Head west for 4 miles into the historic district. Crossing the railroad tracks, take the second left onto Church Street. At the corner of Church Street and 2nd Ave. South, turn left. The Historic Franklin Masonic Hall sits next to St. Phillip’s Catholic Church Annex and directly across from the 2nd Ave South Parking Garage. Free parking is available in the parking garage or along any street.

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