The Franklin-Pearson House

108 East Cumberland Street P.O. Box 593, Cowan, Tennessee 37318
Innkeeper(s): L. Jarod Pearson, Innkeeper

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    Franklin~Pearson House - Cowan, Tennessee

    The Franklin-Pearson House is a Bed and Breakfast Inn at the historic railroad hotel in Cowan, Tennessee.

    Nestled in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains, we are 7-miles from The University of the South at Sewanee.

    Our incomparable location in downtown Cowan is only steps away from restaurants, specialty shops, and the Cowan Railroad Museum.

    World famous attractions, including Jack Daniel's Distillery, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Lookout Mountain, are less than an hour's drive from our location.

    Our region offers fishing, hiking, sightseeing, special events, and other great opportunities for fun and recreation.

    Whether you're planning a visit to Sewanee or looking for a small town getaway, the Franklin-Pearson House is a great place to stay!

  • 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?

    Fiesta Grill, which is a Tex/Mex grill with a full menu and a full service bar 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.