History of Franklin North Carolina
Formed in 1828, Franklin is the seat of Macon County, North Carolina. The land that forms Franklin was acquired from the Cherokee in the Treaty of 1819. The County is named after Nathaniel Macon, a politician who served in the American Revolution and the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
State Commissioners Jesse Franklin and James Meabin travelled to the area to organize and conduct a survey for the county seat in 1820. The town was named in honor of Franklin, who became governor of North Carolina at the end of 1820. It was not incorporated until just before the Civil War in 1855.
Although no battles were fought in Franklin County, the Civil War still had a great effect on the area. Seven companies were developed from Macon County men; today there is a statue on Main Street in honor of their service.
Unlike many Western North Carolina counties, most of Macon’s records have survived, which is why Franklin’s history is well documented.