The city of Franklin began as a village around 1770, but did not become a city, and county seat of Heard County, until December 26, 1831. The Heard County Historical Center and Museum, built in 1912, is the headquarters for the Historical Society. The history of the county is depicted in the periodicly changing exhibits Heard County Historical Center, or "Old Jail", served as county jail and sheriff's residence from 1912 to 1964. The Museum offers a look into the past of this rural community and highlights include the jail cells. A major exhibit is dedicated to local personality, Mahayley Lancaster. This legendary psychic is most remembered for her role in the murder trial of John Wallace which later became a best-selling book and movie, "Murder in CowetaCounty".
Annually, the Heard County Chamber of Commerce sponsors A Taste of a Chattahoochee Christmas in December and A Chattahoochee Independence Day in July. Residents and visitors from around the West Georgia and East Alabama area account for the 8,000-10,000 people visiting each event and enjoying Franklin's small town hospitality. Powers' Crossroads Country Fair and Arts Festival, which is a national event each Labor Day weekend, is located at the Heard-Coweta line. Residents may also choose The Lodges at Banning Mills, Callaway Gardens, Highland Marina Resort, Pine Mountain Wild Animal Park, John Tanner State Park or McIntosh Reserve as quick-trip get-a-ways.