I miss good old fashioned book stores…
You know…the kind of store where the owner knows the treasures that sit on the shelf – can guide you to new authors that feel like they’ve written just for you, and can sit and discuss books with you for hours on end.
The kind of book store where you can find authors sharing their stories…or visitors sitting in a corner poring over a book…
Or children sitting on the floor surrounded by books and magical illustrations.
There are some changes in our world that I wish had never happened…and losing neighborhood book stores is one of them.
Right here in Downtown Franklin, in The Old Factory Store, an historic building dating back to 1804, that has welcomed visitors such as Andrew Jackson and Davy Crockett, and once served as a hospital for the wounded soldiers in The Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, is a book lover’s paradise.
(I have a confession to make. When I was little I thought Davy Crockett was an imaginary character because I had only seen him in a Disney movie and weren’t all Disney characters imaginary? I was so surprised when my teacher introduced Davy Crockett in class one day!)
Welcome to Landmark Booksellers…a good old fashioned, book store…the kind you don’t find very often.
Upon entering the shop, I was immediately swept away to another time and place. My heart felt warm and full as I took in the smell of leather and felt captured by the history in this building.
What the walls would say if they could talk?
There’s something here for everyone. If you’re a history buff…you’ll love Landmark.
If you’re a cook…get upstairs to the cook book room! They have a bounty of current and hard to find cook books.
If you’re looking for inspiration, it’s here.
The classics…they’re here.
Signed rare books…here, but you’ll have to ask to see them.
They have books on every subject imaginable and…they also have rare documents and newspapers.
Landmark Booksellers prides itself on offering a vast assortment of rare books on Tennessee history, culture and literature and there’s a lot of it.
It takes someone special to create a place with this much history and magic and in this case, it’s husband and wife, Joel & Carol Tomlin. They don’t hide their love and knowledge about books or each other, and they’re eager to share it with you. For the last 9 years, this delightful couple have been sharing their love of books with locals and visitors to Downtown Franklin. Joel says, “This is the best nine years our lives.”
Customer service is key here and they can “help anyone…whether that person is looking for a $2 paperback or a rare signed jewel. We’re in the business of helping people find what they want.”
And here’s the best news…if you don’t live here, but you’re looking for a rare book, then give Joel a call and tell him what you want. If he doesn’t have it…he’ll be on the look out for it. (That’s what happens in small towns with great shops and people who care.)
There are tens of thousands of new, used, hard to find and rare books on site and they all share shelf space. Plan to spend hours searching through the shelves and if you have the time…settle in on the leather sofa and have yourself a quiet time with a classic book.
You’ll find Landmark Booksellers in Downtown Franklin on East Main Street near 1st Avenue, just a few blocks from the town square. Or give them a call at 615.791.6400. At the Franklin Art Crawl, you’ll also find musicians jamming.
Come on in…when was the last time you read, To Kill a Mockingbird or Gone With the Wind?
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