Discover Franklin, North Carolina, USA Come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and discover the Town of Franklin, NC. In fact there's no better time than now! We're called many things from the "Gem Capital of the World" to a little slice of heaven, you'll find its all true when you visit Franklin, North Carolina. Settled in the early 1800's Franklin has a rich heritage which still is quite evident today. The mountain way of life is our life and we invite you to experience it. Everything you'd expect in small town America is right here in Franklin, NC.