Franklin North Carolina is a center of history, heritage and the NC mountain way of life. Franklin celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2005 and continues to honor it's heritage while embracing the future. Nestled in North Carolina’s southernmost mountains, the foothills of the Great Smokies, the Franklin area offers both a slower pace and a abundance of things to do.
The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum Located in Franklin’s historic “Old Jail” on Phillips Street across from the Macon County Courthouse, the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum has thousands of specimens on display including a local ruby weighing 2 ¼ pounds! The museum was founded in 1974.