Without a doubt, Franklin, Tennessee is one of the most magical Christmas towns in America! When those four letters that spell out “NOEL” are raised up from the roof of the White Building in the Five Points District, we know the holiday season has officially begun. For those new to Franklin, Five Points is the intersection of Main Street, 5th Avenue, and Columbia Avenue. “Noël” is the French word for Christmas and comes from the Latin verb nasci, meaning “to be born.”

We want to introduce you to the very special woman behind the sign. Karen Cochran is the owner of this building which includes Awaken TN and Vue Optique. She is a remarkable preservationist and brilliant businesswoman. Her former husband was part of the “Noel” family that built the Noel Hotel in Nashville.

When that historic hotel sold, the family wanted to keep the letters from the sign. Because of their love for Franklin, they wanted the NOEL sign to be a beacon of light for the locals and visitors of our downtown. You will love the backstory of how this iconic Nashville sign made its way to Franklin. It all started with the “Smartest Hotel in Nashville.”

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