Congratulations to Franklin,
You’re the WCSX City of the Week
The community was founded in 1825 by Elijah Bullock and other European-American settlers. It was actually named after founding father Ben Franklin.
The downtown was designated as an historic district, the first in Michigan, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.
Michigan’s Territorial Council passed a law in 1827 requiring every township with fifty or more inhabitants to establish a school. The following year, the first school in Southfield Township was built in Franklin Village. Sophie Gotie taught twenty-nine students in a log schoolhouse located near the still extant house of early settler Daniel Broughton. In 1945 after rebuilding the school to fit more modern standards it joined the Birmingham School District.
Franklin is known for the Franklin Cider Mill, just north of the village’s borders in neighboring Bloomfield Township. The Franklin Cider Mill was established as a gristmill in 1837, the year Michigan became a state. It was converted to a cider mill in 1949, making it the best cider mill in Michigan according to Cameraman Steven.