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.)
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
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.
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.
This was our first experience using an online home rental site. We were traveling to Nashville for a wedding, and did not want to stay in a hotel. We found this wonderful home, the Franklin Battlefield Inn, that was big enough for my wife and I, her parents, and her sister to stay in for four days. We loved every minute of it, in fact, we almost enjoyed it too much as it was hard to leave!
The Franklin Battlefield Inn is about a 15 minute drive to downtown Nashville, and a five minute walk to downtown Franklin. Franklin is a quaint town with great local places to shop and eat. The area is very historical, with numerous sites dating back to the Civil War.
The Franklin Battlefield Inn itself was extremely clean and was filled with all the comforts of home. It was so clean it felt as if we were the first and only people to stay there. The gas fireplace was warm and relaxing during the cool December nights. The home has a wonderful library with a great selection of books, many on the history of Franklin and the battle that was fought there during the Civil War. There is a great backyard with a gas fire pit, and plenty of room for the kids (or in our case, the dog) to run and have fun. The master is downstairs with an extremely comfortable king size bed. The upstairs has two more bedrooms, one with a king, and another with two twins. There are two spacious and upgraded bathrooms, one upstairs and another downstairs. The kitchen and dining area were perfect for our meals in the home. While staying at the Franklin Battlefield Inn it felt as if we were stepping back in time, but with all the modern amenities.
I cannot say enough good things about this home and Mary Ellen Redford. She was very accommodating and helpful during our stay, and has done a wonderful job of maintaining the home. There is no other place to stay in the Nashville Metro area that will compare to this wonderful, clean, historic, and welcoming home. You will love your stay! We will certainly be back!
What a memorable Christmas we had at the FBI. Mary Ellen had the house beautifully decorated . We will definitely stay again! Close to everything .
We all loved staying here for a girls weekend for the Dickens Christmas
Our family of 4 rented this property in order to have more space while visiting family over Thanksgiving. It was definitely a home away from home and very well appointed. We utilized the grill and enjoyed dinner at the home. Our teenage musician enjoyed having the piano to play, and the young reader we have was thrilled with the selection of books. The best part was we were able to walk everywhere we needed to go. We are definitely planning a return visit.
The RBI is a most beautiful property. The attention to details for our comfort was amazing. We were impresses with the surrounding town and all it has to offer. Impressed with the family history connected to this charming house.
This is a great property. Very nicely restored, but with modern amenities. We had a few cousins come to the house for a visit and they really enjoyed the house. Mary Ellen and Clyde are very gracious hosts and very helpful. Learning that Clyde grew up in this house made it even more special. His grandfather built the place. A great experience.
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.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$100 + Tax|
|Cleaning||$150 + Tax|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.