Franklin Battlefield Inn is a beautiful historic Folk Victorian home built c. 1902, but with all the modern luxuries for the 21st century traveler… including three bedrooms, two bathrooms with limitless hot water provided by a tank-less hot water heater, a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, tile back splash, a gas stove, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and ice maker, washer and dryer, a vent-less gas log fireplace, four flat screen TVs with Direct TV, DVR (over 700 channels!), a blue-ray DVD player, and more.
Franklin Battlefield Inn (aka “the F.B.I.”) is centrally located in Historic Downtown Franklin! If you are here to visit the Number One Small Town in TN ( according to Southern Living), you will want to stay here at the FBI! Walk to Franklin’s thriving Main Street, dining, groceries, shopping, parks, museums and more. And if you are here to visit Nashville, Franklin Battlefield Inn is only a hop, skip and a jump from Music City USA (just a 25 minute drive).
Our county historian named this family home “Franklin Battlefield Inn,” because the house is located on ground zero of the Battle of Franklin. It is argued that the Battle of Franklin was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, and this house sits at the very center of where the battle was fought! The Carter House and Museum are just two blocks north.
After the Civil War, Samuel P. Redford bought land from the Carter family and built several houses using wood from his lumber mill. Between 1899 and 1902, Sam Redford built this home using the finest red oak from his mill. Since then, five generations of Redfords have lived here (and a couple died here, but shhh don’t tell the kids there are ghosts). We have heard stories of how our ancestors used to board guests in this home. We hope to bring back this tradition of hospitality by welcoming you to stay at the FBI.
With a gorgeous fenced in back yard, spacious deck and crab orchard stone island with fire pit, Franklin Battlefield Inn is a great place for events such as parties, teas, cookouts, reunions or weddings. For an additional fee, you may have your party at the FBI. (Please note that events must be approved and scheduled in advance.)
Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford are “Southerners” through and through, having lived in middle TN all their lives. Mary Ellen was born and raised in Nashville. She graduated from the Harpeth Hall School for Girls and the University of TN. She taught school for seven years at Franklin Elementary School before retiring to become a full time mom. Clyde was born and raised in Franklin, TN at a time when this small town was more like “Mayberry.” He graduated from Battle Ground Academy and Lipscomb University. His career was spent in the insurance industry, which culminated in him being President of Gale-Smith and Company, and later Board Chairman and CEO. He retired in 2010.
Mary Ellen and Clyde met on a “blind date” in June of 1968 and married in December of 1969. They are the proud parents of Matt, Meg, and Will and the proud grandparents of two amazing grandchildren, Emily and Bryson. After spending 36 years in Franklin raising their children, they moved to southwest Williamson County in 1999. Active in many charitable organizations, they represent the “volunteer spirit” of the Volunteer State.
Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford purchased this house in 1899
This property has been passed down from one generation to the next. Sam Redford built this home and others in Franklin between 1899 and 1902 having purchased the land from what had been part of the Carter plantation. This home holds great sentimental value for the Redford family, so much so that when the 5th generation, Emily Redford, moved out, we decided to restore it, preserve it, keep it in the family for future generations and share it with others. Today we are offering our family home for travelers seeking comfort, luxury and ambiance in their travel accommodations.
Staying at the Franklin Battlefield Inn is a step back into time, a slower, gentler time of charm and grace. Built only 38 years after the Civil War, this property was on the battlefield. History abounds. Visit the Historic Carter House and Carnton Mansion. Perhaps a ghost tour would appeal to you.
The back deck and back yard with a fire pit offer visitors the opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy their time together. We think you will feel the love that has gone into restoring the old and creating the new aspects of this home. It is not a Victorian Museum, but rather a charming and comfortable place to make new memories.
Our Christmas in Franklin, TN was perfect, much due to the fact that our rental was a dream! The location was ideal - minutes from my daughter's home and all the shops in downtown Franklin. When we arrived, we were greeted by a beautifully lit home - inside and out! Every room was decorated in keeping with the period of the house, and the library's bookcases were filled with books about the history of a Franklin. The home has been beautifully updated and lovingly cared for. The kitchen was loaded with everything needed to prepare a full Christmas dinner, and all appliances and utensils were in pristine condition. We hated to leave our "Christmas house" as we called it, and I look forward to returning again soon!
Beautiful setting! Lovely place to stay. We would definitely want to stay there in the future.
A family wedding brought us to Franklin, Tennessee. Staying at the F.B.I. was just like having our own home, we could not have hoped for a better experience. The only thing that could have made our time better was to have been able to stay longer. We had read glowing descriptions of the home; there were no exaggerations, Mary Ellen has attended to every detail. The home is beautifully appointed and impeccably clean. Visiting with family, the back porch and the fire pit were two favorites for gathering together in a relaxed atmosphere. Being walking distance to downtown was also a great benefit. We highly recommend the Franklin Battlefield Inn.
What a wonderful home to use for a few days for our daughter's wedding weekend! So many people traveled from out of town (including us), so it was great to be able to gather friends & family & spend as much time together as possible. We enjoyed s'mores out back by the fire pit, grilled dinner one evening, finished up wedding details & had brunch on the deck. My kids walked to Starbucks one morning. We hope to come back again. Property owners were quite helpful & extremely easy to work with.
We came from NC for a week for the wedding of our son. We were six people, some came late in the week. The house was fantastic. Absolutely clean, well decorated, and very spacious. It was clear to us that the hosts want their guests to experience all the comforts of a HOME while in Franklin and not just another rental place. Communication with the hosts was great. The deck behind the house was perfect for conversation and relaxation. There is a fire pit in the fenced grassed yard behind the house, with chairs around it. We did not use it because it was hot and humid. We think, though, that late in the Fall and in the Winter it is a great place to gather for a conversation over a glass of wine or some. Attention to every detail was apparent in each room of the house. We walked a few times to downtown for a meal and also to the Carter House. I brought my road bike and kept in the garage during our stay. I enjoyed riding on some of the Franklin roads early morning. They have bicycle lanes well demarcated and are bike friendly.
We believed that the pricing was fair for the comfort provided to us. So, we would highly recommend this property for the ones coming to Franklin with the intent to stay in a similar place.
What a lovely home! Completely remodeled,tastefully decorated, and sparkling clean, it was just perfect for the four of us. The hosts provided thoughtful amenities that added to our enjoyment.
For you Civil War buffs... this house was built at the very epicenter the Battle of Franklin, and only two blocks from the historic Carter House.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
Rate is based on an occupancy of two guests. Each additional guest is $35 per person, per night.
Cleaning fee is $150.
A rental agreement will be emailed to you. Upon receipt of your signature on page 5, (agreeing to the terms of said agreement) and receipt of your deposit, your reservation will be confirmed.
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