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The Franklin House is an Inn at the historic railroad hotel in Cowan, Tennessee.

Nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, we are 7-miles from The University of the South at Sewanee.


Our unique location in downtown Cowan is only steps away from restaurants, specialty shops, and the Cowan Railroad Museum.

World famous attractions, including Jack Daniel’s Distillery, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Lookout Mountain, are less than an hour’s drive from our location.

Our region offers fishing, hiking, music, sightseeing, special events, and other great opportunities for fun and recreation.

Whether you’re planning a visit to Sewanee or looking for a small town getaway, the Franklin House is a great place to stay!

The Franklin House features 8 rooms with private baths and one apartment. It was formerly a historic railroad hotel.


Short term and long term accommodations are now available through Airbnb, VRBO as well as direct contact. (931-313-5930),

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Cowan Railroad

Cowan Railroad Museum is located in the old Cowan Depot, a landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum features historic displays, relics and memorabilia, and a model railroad layout.  The property also features a rare Porter steam locomotive, a historic flatcar and caboose, and an antique diesel-electric locomotive.

The museum is only steps away from The Franklin House and is open May through October, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4 and Sunday from 1 to 4.

For more information, visit the website

Sewanee Music Festival

Each summer, Sewanee assembles leading conductors from across the world who are passionate about music and educating the next generation of musical leaders.


The Festival Director is working with our faculty snd guest conductors to develop programming that is both exciting for our participants and presentable under current COVID-19 restrictions. A full repertoire list for the Cumberland Orchestra and Sewanee Symphony will be announced in January 2021.

For more information on The University and on area events log on to

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The Caverns

Experience a walking tour where only a few cavers have gone before! The Caverns has opened to the public a new otherworldly cave for daily guided tours.


Explore an underground room 3 football fields long! Hear about geology, cave lore, and the unique history of Grundy County. Plus, our daily tours will take you behind-the-scenes of The Caverns world famous music venue and end with a photo op on the iconic stage. Want to go deeper? Challenge yourself with an Adventure Cave Tour.

For more information, go to

The University of the South

Sewanee: The University of the South is a premier destination in our part of the state and is only 7 miles "up the Mountain" from Cowan.

Besides the College of Arts and Sciences, the campus features the School of Theology and the School of Letters and is located on a stunningly beautiful 10,000 acre domain.

Cultural events and festivals are scheduled throughout the year, including the very popular Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

For more information on The University and on area events log on to

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Jack Daniels Distillery

The nation's oldest registered distillery and one of Tennessee's most famous tourist attractions is less than 40 miles from Cowan!

It's worth the drive to tour the buildings and facilities and see the slow, painstaking process to make the "local product".

While you're in Lynchburg, take some time to visit the shops and other attractions in the historic downtown.

For more information, go to and also go to

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