The town was named for Judge Thomas Peter Carnes, a lawyer and Congressman of the Revolutionary War era while the county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Located a few miles outside of town is 132-foot long Cromer’s Mill Covered Bridge, built in 1907 with the town lattice design straddling Nail's Creek. Nearby are Lake Hartwell Georgia's largest Army Corp of Engineers lake east of the Mississippi and Ty Cobb Museum highlighting the career of the “Georgia Peach”. For outdoor fun, visit the area’s two state parks, Victoria Bryant State Park and Tugaloo State Park. Mostly an agricultural economy, Carnesville has the Franklin County Livestock Market, the largest one in the state. Annual events include the Harvest Festival at Tugaloo State Park as well as the Jr.-Sr. Catfish Rodeo, Pioneer Skills Day, Heritage Day and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The roads in the area pass through scenic farmland and are great for cycling and motorcycle rides.