Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Southern Tour Of Franklin Porches In The Fall

This is my first Autumn in the South. I just love the old houses here. Rachel and I went driving around downtown historical Franklin recently and thought we would share our delightful tour of Fall decorated porches! First up, a beautiful covered porch with ferns, wicker furniture and beautiful urns with mums...

This beautiful old home has great wrought iron detail on the porch and the fence is wonderful...cornstalks and mums!

This charmer has a turret over the covered porch...I love how they used the design of the porch to inspire the shape of their display...

A closer look...hey, it's the characters from the Wizard of Oz!


Another shot of the turret, wrought iron fence and their roses are still blooming!


A gorgeous brick home...I wonder how many pumpkins they bought?


I thought these pumpkins atop the picket fence were cute...and I love the Indian corn!


I thought the pumpkins in the urns were pretty!

This porch is creepy...

Scarecrows in the yard...

Beautiful, lush gardens in the front yard...

This house gets my vote for most original...those spiders are great, crawling all over the side of the house!
Next we drove by our local family-owned produce stand. I love it because they are a vanishing small town treasure! Pumpkins, corn stalks, straw bales...

Squash and mums...
And the final resting place for many souls...a historic cemetery...


Whoa, these people were born in the 1700's!

But wait! Rest Haven Cemetery wasn't here until 1855, which means these people above were moved here after they were already buried somewhere else....creepy!

Tonight we went on the "Ghosts and Gore" walking tour of "historic downtown Franklin"! It was a cold, clear night and our tour guide was delightful in her Civil War period costume. She led us with her candlelight lantern through the darkened streets of downtown, sharing history with stories of crime and ghosts! It was really interesting and a ton of fun! It got us in the mood for Halloween!


I hope you enjoyed this tour as much as Rachel and I! Brrr...I'm cold, I think I need a cup of hot-spiced cider!

Hugs,
Victoria Lynn

For more inspiring tours of Fall homes visit The Inspired Room where Melissa is hosting a list of tours! Thank you, Melissa!

28 comments:

Rachel said...

It certainly was cold, but it was tons of fun!! We'll definitely have to go check out that antique shop. ;~)

What those pictures don't show is how creative we were being taking pictures in the middle of Franklin rush hour. ;~)

Love,
Rachel

TattingChic said...

Those photos of southern porches look like a magazine layout, they're so perfect! The walking tour in the moonlight sounds like a pleasant experience.

Donna Lynn said...

This is truly wonderful! I adore the South, we just don't have the fall spirit up here do we?

Thanks for posting about Smitty, I did a post on my blog too, as I don't know when I can post again. It is going to get pretty hairy this week...

XO,
Donna Lynn, AKA BFF

THE HOME THAT LOVE BUILT said...

I really enjoyed the tour of decorated homes. Thank you for sharing such neat photos Victoria.

May you have a positive and blessed week!

Love and blessings,
Brook

Ginger said...

Hi Victoria:
I enjoyed your pictures so much. I love seeing the porches all decorated. I really like the white picket fence in front of the one house....thats been my dream to have a white picket fence...don't know why.
That is a little creepy about the cemetary.
Those mums were beautiful.
Ginger

Becky said...

What an incredible town. I loved the tour and the decorations were wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Becky

CIELO said...

Ahhhh beautiful porches--decorated or not! Truly love the South! All those big white porches... wow! :)

Have a blessed monday and rest of week, Victoria!

cielo

Glenda said...

I wish I lived in a town that does this. I am the only one that decorates the front of their home during the year in my neighborhood and it's sad.

I like all of them.

Ciao

Shabbyfufu said...

Such eye candy Victoria Lynn. Those photos look like they came out of Southern Living magazine! ~XO~Janet

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I Loved the tour... and the house with all those spiders on it...icky...
Lots of wonderful homes with nice decorations :) Looks like a nice day with your daughter.
Warmly,
Deb

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Those homes are gorgeous!

Rosy said...

What a tour, those were nice houses. You did well taking all those photos, and taking us throught the tour. Thanks so much.

Diana Lyn said...

Good Morning, Thank you fo ryour Prayers and Visit! Everyone is doing fine! I have my Grandson here for a week and they leave on Sunday for Oklahoma,:o( But it is really a good thing they will finally all be together. They are swinging in to San Francisco where Bret is for a few days then heading out! Bret is there for a couple months takin gover the job of his Senior Chief! I will miss them! Have a wonderful day, XO diana lyn

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the fall festive porches. Loved the tour.
Bonnie

Nermal and Kitty said...

I am so impressed with your photos of our town. I've always wanted to go on the haunted tour-maybe next year we'll go together. Please know that Donna Lynn & family certainly are in my prayers. Nerm

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh my gosh - what BEAUTIFUL photos you took - those houses and porches are all so lovely!! The Wizard of Oz one was amazing - and I love your kitties from your sidebar :) Thanks for the kind comments on my vintage 'Blue Monday' tablecloth!!...Donna

beth at aunties said...

Isn't the South beautiful in the Fall? I also took most of my pictures in the South (VA) and loved all the use of mums in beautiful urns.
I enjoyed your Fall tour very much. The Wizard of oz characters were cute!
How fun for you to take us along on the tour of the 'Ghosts and Gore' learning the history of the civil war! Thanks for sharing!
~Beth

LillyB said...

Everything was so beautiful. A great creative mind put all that together, and a great creative eye put it in a camera ;)
Have a great day!

Jinx said...

What beautiful porches. Thanks for sharing!

I'm thinking every house should have a turret!

Denise said...

How delightful! You live in a very charming town indeed! Thank you for "risking life and limb" to take these inspiring pictures to share with us in Blogland!

Rue said...

Hi Victoria Lynn :)

I loved the tour! The spiders on the walls of that house were great.

I would have been thrilled to go on that tour with the guide dressed in a Civil War costume. How fun :)

hugs,
rue

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

What wonderful pictures! I love all the fall colors, pumpkins, and mums. It is lovely. have a wonderful day!
Blessings,
Debbie

Teresa said...

Oh to own a southern porch... dreamy pictures- what a picture perfect place you live in-
Happy Day

Pink Slippers said...

I just love looking at porches too. The iron work on the second picture is gorgeous. And love the spiders crawling on the side of a beautiful stone home.
Wendy

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

You know I have NEVER been to the south? I hope to be able to visit. It looks like the perfect place for me to do a drive by or a walk by. I'd be ooh'ing and ahh'ing all over the place!

But, second best to being there? Seeing YOUR tour. Lovely porches and homes. That turret something! What a great way to featured their decor!

thanks for sharing the Southern fall goodness with us!

xo

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Those are some terrific porches! Beautiful homes as well! I too love the one where the spiders are crawling on the outside of the house!

Kady

Daisys Little Cottage said...

Fabulous photos.....magazine worthy!
Smiles
DarLy*~

My Maine Cottage said...

Great tour! I love that people decorate for the holidays-folks around here are not as excited by halloween, not like back home in the mid-west! *sigh* I guess I'll have to show em how its done!