Tidbits of Interest
Endearing and enduring charm is the phrase that can adequately describe this 178- year-old village nestled on 2.7 square miles of gently rolling terrain. Winding roadways framed by tall trees and hedges are lined by lovely residential properties, many of which offer large parcels of land and horse privileges. Characterized as an upscale community, Franklin harmonizes an enclave of historic and strikingly attractive contemporary homes to create a distinctive and exceptionally attractive residential setting.
The downtown district is cradled at a bend and dip in the road, offering a central business district of delightful clapboard buildings that house unique shops and boutiques. The Franklin River, the 1825 Franklin Cider Mill, the central gazebo, fenced properties with horse barns, and a steepled church that faces a commons are all brushstrokes in a portrait of a New England village. Activities seems to follow in the same spirit, from the annual pumpkin sale and Labor Day Art Fair to the popular, old-fashioned Christmas Walk.
Whatever the village may lack in urban amenities is readily available and accessible in neighboring communities. Franklin is adjacent to the Birmingham, Bloomfield, and Farmington areas where excellent restaurants, shopping, cultural centers, and private schools abound. Area youth receive a quality education in the Birmingham Public Schools.