The Franklin-Pearson House

108 East Cumberland Street P.O. Box 593, Cowan, Tennessee 37318
Innkeeper(s): L. Jarod Pearson, Innkeeper; Wanda Smith Grider, Assistant Inkeeper

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    Franklin~Pearson House - Cowan, TennesseeThe warmth and charm of Cowan, Tennessee's "Old Hotel" has been recreated for a new era of comfort and hospitality in this delightful small-town setting! This gleaming historic landmark is a 7-room bed and breakfast inn that was once a remarkable railroad hotel.

    From our elegant main lobby to our glorious Cumberland Ballroom, the Franklin-Pearson House is simply in a class by itself. With tastefully fashioned guest rooms, various amenities, upstairs and downstairs sitting rooms, and a delightful morning breakfast, the Franklin-Pearson House provides some of the area's finest accommodations.

    Our incomparable location in beautiful downtown Cowan is only steps away from fine dining, specialty shopping, and Cowan's Railroad Museum; and is only 7 miles "down the mountain" from The University of the South at Sewanee. Our region also offers fishing, hiking, sightseeing, special events, and other opportunities to add to your itinerary. Whether you are a business traveler looking for "down home" hospitality or a back roads traveler looking for small town getaway, the Franklin-Pearson House is truly a fine place to stay!

    The Franklin-Pearson House is a great place to relax and catch up. Our inn features several comfortable sitting areas for relaxing, gathering, and visiting. The lobby has a bright sitting area and a cozy area in front of the fireplace. The second floor features a soothing blue sitting area with a large window and a table and chairs for board games. We offer small library and an up-to-date selection of magazines and newspapers for your reading enjoyment. If you need to check the day's messages, you can access our wireless Internet from most areas of the building.

    Cumberland Ballroom Our very own Cumberland Ballroom offers flexible seating for up to 80 people and table arrangements for workshops, seminars, lectures or other presentations. The room has adjustable lighting, excellent acoustics, a movable podium, and other conveniences. We can help you plan for catered food service with anything from a light continental breakfast to a full-course dinner. The Cumberland Ballroom is also an excellent location for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries, office socials, and other special events.

    Ballroom Rental Fee Schedule:

    • Ballroom Rental Fee (rental fee covers linens and equipment)
    • $125 up to 30 people
    • $225 up to 50 people
    • $325 more than 50 people
    • Bar Set-up (for beer & wine): $50
    • Staffing Fee: 18% of total food costs
  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Jarod for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests are here for the cultural programs and special events offered in the nearby mountain communities: Sewanee, The University of the South, and Monteagle, Tennessee.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our railroad heritage. This is an old railroad hotel located in a mountain railroad town. Our inn is unique in that we are located squarely within a small town business district rather than in an isolated countryside. Shops, restaurants, and a museum are all within a short walk from our front door.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    People come to visit because there are so many area attractions within a short drive, including world-class attractions such as Jack Daniel's Distillery and the US Space and Rocket Center.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    It's like staying with a friend. You feel like you belong when you're here.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    You get some of the world's most beautiful mountain scenery without all the vehicle traffic.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Visit Falls Mill and Country Store in Belvidere, Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg, George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma, the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City, The University of the South at Sewanee, and make a day trip to Tennessee's most beautiful city, Chattanooga.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Yes. Three restaurants, three specialty shops, and Cowan Railroad Museum are all within the historic downtown district where we are located.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Sernicola's restaurant, which is an Italian/American grill inside one of Cowan's oldest commercial buildings.

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    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 8 rooms, all with private bath and cable tv.

    Do you accept pets?

    Our facility is not pet friendly due to our downtown location.