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F. B. I. - Franklin Battlefield Inn (Downtown Franklin, TN!)

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,122 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

Historic Folk Victorian Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms

Franklin Battlefield Inn is a beautiful historic Folk Victorian home built c. 1902, but with all the modern luxuries for the 21st century traveler… including three bedrooms, two bathrooms with limitless hot water provided by a tank-less hot water heater, a fully equipped kitchen with granite counter tops, tile back splash, a gas stove, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and ice maker, washer and dryer, a vent-less gas log fireplace, four flat screen TVs with Direct TV, DVR (over 700 channels!), a blue-ray DVD player, and more.

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.)

More Details

Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford

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.

Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford purchased this house in 1899

Why Mary Ellen and Clyde Redford chose Franklin

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.

What makes this house unique

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.


Franklin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2122 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , All tile, ceiling shower head, make-up mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , All tile, double vanity, walk in shower with bench.
  • Tankless hot-water heater - endless hot water!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Electric fireplace and 50' flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 37' flat screen TV
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 37' flat screen TV
    additional bed - 1 twin/ single , This extra bed is in a window nook at the top of the stairs
  • New Dutch made mattresses, luxury linens and pillows, beautiful decor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • racquetball


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(48 traveler reviews)

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F. B. I. - Franklin Battlefield Inn (Downtown Franklin, TN!)
average rating of 5.0 based on 48 reviews

Lovely home, immaculately clean.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful historic home, nicely updated. Would highly recommend. Short distance from downtown Franklin.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memphis, TN

Wonderful stay; comfortable charming and close to downtown Franklin

  • 5 of 5

Couldn’t have asked for a better house to spend New Years. Looking forward our next opportunity to stay at the FBI!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Columbia, SC

FBI (Franklin Battlefield Inn) was the right choice for South Carolina family Christmas 2017!

  • 5 of 5

Off and on over the past 10 years, as we have visited family who live in quaint area of downtown Franklin, TN, we have stayed at misc hotels near I-65 / Cool Springs, etc. In previous visits, we have done the unpleasant transaction of renting 2 rooms and commuting back & forth from the interstate "generic hotel". We love to visit our family member's house, worship at their church, and eat at the numerous restaurants in downtown Franklin plus engage in the local shopping. But then, the day would end, and we would loathe our journey back to the "generic interstate" hotel.

This year, our group of 5 family members were fortunate enough to see that the Franklin Battlefield Inn was available. We pulled the trigger! We (the parents) stayed downstairs in the Master and our (adult) children stayed upstairs. We spent a little bit more money, but this was an overall much better value. The house was so well decorated for the Christmas season. The house has great fast Wifi, plenty of flat screen TVs, but it also has two other rooms for relaxing with no "screens" - ideal for reading and / or impromptu plane old great conversations. This house is also perfect for folks who like to read and learn about the historical area. Even my sons (ages 20 - 24) read some pamphlets, and misc books off of the sitting room's shelves.

The modern, renovated kitchen and bathrooms are refreshing and efficient. The rest of the house is "old school", cozy and elegant.

Finally, the location of this house is key. Other VRBO, or Air B & B options we considered, that were walking distance to downtown only had a spot for only 1 car (we had two/three). "FBI" has plenty of back yard space, and driving to and parking downtown was no big deal. We never had any problems finding spots downtown in the commercial district - 1/2 mile from the house (during the busiest tourist season of the year).

We will use "FBI" again, and not just during Christmas. Franklin is a draw all months of the year!

We heartily recommend Franklin Battlefield Inn!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The BEST experience and vacation ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

The homeowners could not have been any more accommodating and generous! The home is GORGEOUS! So thoughtfully decorated for Thanksgiving. The linens, utensils, dishes, etc. are nicer than most have in their home. There are NO words to describe how WONDERFUL our time was. We cannot wait to go back. 5 stars is not a high enough rating! We cannot thank them enough!

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful charming historic home. Perfect place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for letting us rent this beautifully decorated and maintained historic home. We were in town for our son's wedding and it meant so much to be able to host a small gathering of the groom and his groom's men in this lovely setting (the backyard was a huge hit with the guys and their wives loved looking through the house!). Also, we had our small, blind, diabetic dog with us and we felt so comfortable letting him off leash in the yard!

Most of the activities took place in downtown Franklin and it was so easy and quick to reach each location from the house.

We could not have chosen a better place to stay! Again, thank you so very much. ~ The Bailey Family

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Quaint

  • 5 of 5

The house is so beautiful and the property is lovely if you want to entertain outside. Unfortunately we had a tropical storm come through so we didn't get the chance to use the fire pit. We ran into a wonderful lady who gave us some history on the house which was fascinating especially for my daughter who is a historic preservationist. We were in for a wedding so our time was short but I would have loved to stay much longer. The attention to details for guests was superb. The beds were very comfortable and you just can't beat the charm of the house. The location is wonderful too. If I'm ever back in the area, I will definitely stay again. Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Nashville International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Bunganut Pig
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Uncle Bud's
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.75%

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.
Party fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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