Franklin, TN - History & Food Tour
Franklin, TN History & Food Tour Pickup Locations: 7am at Dunham’s in Scottsboro: 23041 John T Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, AL 35768 7:30am at Dollar General in Gurley: 6361 Highway 72 E, Gurley, AL 35748 8:15am at Old Time Pottery in Madison, AL: 9076 Madison Blvd, Madison, AL We will pick up our Franklin tour guide, Margie, when we arrive in Franklin and head to the Factory of Franklin for a tour. A former stove factory, today it’s a destination for shopping artisan goods, culinary delights, and live entertainment. This is a super neat place. Next, we will visit Franklin's battlefield; we'll get off the bus for several stops on the way, including Carnton Confederate Cemetery and historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church, for an inside guided tour. Afterwards, we’ll park the bus and continue our tour on foot of historic downtown Franklin, visiting Masonic Temple, an amazing art gallery in an 1821 house, and the Confederate Memorial in the town square.
After our morning history tours, we will take part in an afternoon Food Tour. Make sure to wear your elastic waist shorts for this trip. We begin with lunch at Puckett's Boathouse, where you’ll be able to choose from 6 items on the menu, including fried shrimp, chicken salad, hamburger, and 3 more options. Next, we’ll head to Biscuit Love for dessert #1. Since its humble beginnings as an Airstream food truck, Biscuit Love has grown to three Middle Tennessee locations and has become a Music City staple for its playful take on Southern brunch. After our first sweet stop, we’ll head to Savory Spice Shop, where we'll have a presentation on spices and we’ll get to take free samples home. After our savory spice stop, we will switch back to sweets with a visit to Merridee's for dessert #2. Merridee Erickson, founder of Merridee’s Breadbasket, grew up on the family farm near Winthrop, Minnesota, baking breads, pies and sweets with her mother. Saturday was bread-baking day, and by the age of nine she was doing most of the baking herself. Merridee attended the University of Minnesota where she studied Food Business. While there, she met and married Tom McCray. In 1973, Merridee and Tom moved to middle Tennessee. In 1981 Merridee began retailing her fresh-baked goods from a little log cabin in Fairview. As word spread, she was asked to open a shop as part of the historic revitalization of downtown Franklin. Our last stop of the day will be at Kilwin's for fudge samples and dessert #3. Since 1947 Kilwins has been a celebrated part of Americana having earned a reputation for providing high quality chocolates, ice cream, and confections. From sight, to taste, touch, smell and sound, a visit to Kilwins provides an authentic sensory and taste experience like none other. We’ll get to watch them make candy too. We should return to Scottsboro by 7:30pm $99 per person includes – round trip transportation by charter bus with bathroom onboard. A step-on history guide for the entire day. Admission to all tours mentioned above. Lunch at Puckett’s Boathouse. Samples and all desserts at each stop. Bus Bingo for prizes. *** MODERATE AMOUNT OF WALKING ***.