Franklin: A Brief His
Franklin boasts a long, rich history that dates back as far as 1796, when the community was originally founded by General William C. Schenck. The town began as just a handful of cabins situated along the river and was named for Benjamin Franklin. The community grew after Ohio officially became the 17th American state and its post office was built in 1805. The original post office still exists today as an area landmark, though it has moved to a different location. Franklin saw even faster growth when the railroad came to town in 1872 and its economy grew drastically in the early 1900s.
Franklin proudly sponsors many events and festivities that draw thousands of visitors in every year. The town’s entire downtown closes regularly for Downtown Saturday Night, an event that has included as many as 800 car shows in one full night of fun. Hosted by Warren County Kustoms, you can enjoy live music, raffles, prizes, and tasty foods to satisfy your stomach. Thunder on the River, an annual motorcycle show featuring music, food, vendors, awards, and motorcycle stunt shows, entertains festival-goers year after year. Franklin FallFest, an annual Halloween-themed fair, features food, crafts, games, rides, and plenty of fun for the entire family.
Franklin Parks and Re
When the weather is nice and you just cannot stand to be cooped up indoors, get outside and visit one of Franklin’s many public parks and recreational areas. Enjoy a day of wading down in the creek at Franklin Lions Club Municipal Park. A little farther down Clear Creek, you can enjoy fishing and picnicking at Clear Creek Park and E. Milo Beck Park. Both parks offer popular locations for camping, swimming, and outdoor sports such as volleyball and softball. On the other side of town, closer to the river, you can find fun at the popular Franklin Golf Course just off North Riley Street.