Historic Sites

Franklin Historical Museum

The Franklin Historical Museum located on West Central Street near the Fire Station is now open and free to visitors. The open hours are
  • Thursday 5 PM to 8 PM
  • Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM 
  • Sunday 1 PM to 4 PM
The museum is hosted by Historical Commission members and volunteers. Displayed are hundreds of items associated with the history of Franklin. These include photographs, old postcard wiews of the town a hundred years ago, domestic items, old women's dresses, victorian era furniture, and items from the Red Brick school. There are also photographs of Franklin men who served in the military in WW1, WW2, and later. Movies of events in town from 1937 through 1962 made by Stanley Chilson can be viewed on a large screen. To visit the Historical Museum's website click here.
Learn more about the Historical Commission from their website
Franklin Public Library

118 Main Street*
The nation's first public lending library was established in 1778 with a donation of books by Benjamin Franklin. The surviving books are currently on display in a bookcase in the Reading Gallery.
*Please note:  The Franklin Public Library building is currently undergoing renovations. All books and library activities are currently located at 25 Kenwood Circle, Franklin (click here for directions).






Dean College
99 Main Street
Originally founded as Dean Academy in 1865, Dean College recently celebrated it's 150th year. In that time Dean has grown into a private, residential college offering associate degree and baccalaureate degree programs.


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Historic Walking Trail Sign
Visit the Town Common or click here to download a PDF of this informative sign.