Franklin has easy access to major cities like Boston and Providence with its two exits along I-495 at Route 140 and King St. Commuter rail service from Boston's South Station is provided by the MBTA with the Forge Park/495 and Dean College stops on its Franklin Line. The town has a total area of 27.0 square miles, and the city's population was 31,635 as of 2010.
The Franklin Public Schools have six elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Franklin is also home to Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School and one charter school (Grades K - 8). Franklin High School constructed a new high school building and tore down the old one in 2014. The Red Brick School is a historic school in the town. It was used at various times for kindergarten through 4th grade students; sometimes for multiple grades simultaneously. The Town of Franklin is also home to Dean College, founded in 1865, a private residential college with over 1,100 students.
The town’s website says: The Franklin Cultural District (FCD) is a demarcated region within the Town of Franklin that encompasses the cultural facilities, activities, and assets that lie in a compact, walkable area. Franklin’s vibrant cultural atmosphere is already home to the nation’s first public library, the Franklin Historical Museum, Dean College School of the Arts, a variety of restaurants and shopping, and over 25 other performing, visual arts and dance studios and associations. The Franklin Cultural District is alive with energetic events, family-friendly festivals, creative classes, concerts, culinary experiences, and much more. From gift shops to game stores, ethnic eateries to our own winery, Franklin offers a wealth of dining and shopping. Creative classes abound in the District...learn to dance, sing, paint, act, or play in a band. Explore history, cooking, or the art of photography, and learn all of it in town.
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