F. B. I. - Franklin Battlefield Inn (Downtown Franklin, Tn!)(34 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Historic Folk Victorian Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
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.)
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Member since: 2013
- 2 story
- 2122 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 7
- Events Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
- New Dutch made mattresses, luxury linens and pillows, beautiful decor.
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Tankless hot-water heater - endless hot water!
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Dining Room
- Seating for 10 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $100 + tax
- Cleaning $150 + tax
- Tax Rate 13.25%
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.
Credit cards accepted over the phone only, for security reasons.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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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.
Year Purchased: 1899
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Franklin, TN, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
- Primary: 6157947701 home phone
- Secondary: 6154964945 MaryEllen's cell phone
- Tertiary: +1 6153519683 Clyde's cell phone
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This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017
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