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Franklin Local History

When George King set out to find a settlement in Johnson county in 1823, he carried with him, high hopes for a prosperous county seat. Lots, streets and a public square were mapped out in preperation for those that would reside in the town, which was named Franklin, after Benjamin Franklin.

King's dream was quickly fulfilled as many new businesses were attracted to the new town. The first courthouse was erected in 1824 and by 1831 many craftsmen, merchants and professionals had settled in Franklin to conduct business. Today, Franklin still serves as an attractive town for businesses, but has also combined to show off its natural, beautiful surroundings.

Franklin Attractions

Franklin Parks & Gardens

Province Park - Offers 50 acres of recreational space for picnicking, horseriding, fishing, biking, running, walking and in-line skating, along with a swimming pool, softball and basket ball courts and playgrounds. It is also on the route of the Historic Greenway Trail

Blue Heron Park and Wetlands - 55 more acres offer the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Franklin. It includes a 1.5 mile continuation of the Historic Greenway Trail, playground, picnic areas, informal play fields and basketball courts. There is a new 22-element low ropes challenge and over 12 acres of native Indiana wildflowers.

Franklin Restaurants and Bars

Franklin Restaurants

Athens Steakhouse and Restaurant - 1800 S. US Highway 31. Enjoy hearty portions of chargrilled steaks, ribs, burgers and any other meat dish that takes your fancy.

The Willard Restaurant - 99 N.Main Rd. Outside seating for favourable weather, live entertainment nightly and good American food, along with Schoefield's Ice Cream parlour, makes a great place for everybody's tastes.

Ann's Restaurant - 77 W. Monroe St - Home-cooked meals, with a wide variety of menu items, makes this a popular place with the locals.

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