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Simpson County Tourism Commission has planned several events for the Solar Eclipse.  Franklin has been named, by Travel and Leisure, as one of the top 25 perfect spots to see the Solar Eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Franklin Drive-In.  Partial Eclipse starts at 11:58am; with the total eclipse at 1:26pm.  Totality duration at the Drive-In is 2 minutes and 34 seconds (one of the longest totality times in the area).  Admission is $5 per car load with the option to rent another spot for viewing equipment.  Narration by Tom Mason, telescope operator of the 60” and 100” historic telescopes at Mt. Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, CA.  Telescopes will be set up for close-up viewing and cell phone photography.  Refreshments and eclipse glasses will be available for sale.

Other activities include a Telescope Making Workshop, a Dinner Party at Brickyard Café and Eclipse Cocktails at Dueling Grounds Distillery.

The Telescope Making Workshop will be on Sunday, August 20th, 2017, 4:00pm-8:00pm, at The Exploratorium on the Franklin-Simpson High School campus.  Hands on instructions provided by Rico Tyler, Western Kentucky University Professor and Astronomer.  Pre-registration is required by calling 270-586-3040.  Using your new telescope, you can view the nighttime sky after the workshop.

Brickyard Café will have an Eclipse Dinner Party and Happy Hour the night of the eclipse.  Share your photos and enjoy a delicious dinner.  Reservations may be requested at 270-586-9080. Dueling Grounds Distillery will host Eclipse Cocktails on Sunday, August 20th, 3:00pm-7:00pm, the evening before the eclipse. 

Franklin has been honored as one of the 50 Best Small Southern Towns. Franklin is the only Kentucky city along I-65 to earn a place on this exclusive list.

Travelers along I-65 find Franklin, KY a popular spot for overnight stops for many reasons: national chain motels (all with very competitive prices); a good variety of restaurants and antique malls; some of the cheapest gas prices in the Southeast; no city traffic; a first-rate golf course; a drive-in theatre; three historical museums; and special events like horse racing, car shows, and music festivals and concerts.

Franklin, conveniently located on Interstate 65 a day's drive from either Chicago or the Gulf of Mexico, is just north of Nashville, TN and near to many other interstates and parkways. If you travel I-65 through Kentucky, make Franklin your overnight destination.