Est. 2005

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The Old Factory Store

Located on Main Street in the heart of one of the South’s most celebrated small towns, we offer carefully curated new, old and rare books covering a wide range of subjects and authors.

over 35,000 new, old, and hard to find rare books
located in an historic antebellum landmark building circa 1808
over 2,000 signed first editions, maps, prints, post cards & ephemera

Our passion is Southern Americana, Tennessee, regional and local history, culture, art and literature. Featuring thousands of collectable signed first editions, hard-to-find editions of classic titles as well as important new releases. Our prices range from $10 to $10,000.

The original inventory that helped open the bookstore — a 35,000-plus collection — was purchased in 2005 from Ed Penny, owner for over 30 years of Dad’s Old Bookstore, which was located in the Green Hills area of Nashville.


Joel & Carol Tomlin

Joel & Carol Tomlin, native Tennesseans from both middle and west Tennessee, have roots in Franklin, Williamson County that date back to 1802.  With a combined interest in books and reading, Landmark Booksellers became a love story of sorts for Joel and Carol.  When they married 25 years ago blending two families of seven children, ages 6 to 16, they promised one another that upon the youngest child’s graduation from school,  they would find a vocation they could enjoy together.  This commitment to each other and their love of books resulted in the opening of Landmark Booksellers in July of 2005.  “We are truly blessed to be able to enjoy and share something we both love, not only with one another, but with our customers, on a daily basis, in perhaps the most wonderful place in the world!”

Landmark Booksellers Franklin Joel Carol Tomlin

Landmark Booksellers was the Inspiration for Karen Kingsbury’s book The Bridge, which is also a Hallmark Movie.

After visiting Landmark Booksellers, Franklin resident Karen Kingsbury was inspired to write her New York Times bestselling book The Bridge, 2012. A heartwarming inspirational story based on a bookstore in Franklin, the husband and wife who own it, a young couple from Belmont University who discover love, and a flood that brings them all together. An award winning, two part Hallmark Movie was soon to follow staring Ted McGinley and Faith Ford.

“It has so much heritage and history, and you can feel it in the floorboards and the atmosphere inside,” Kingsbury said of Landmark Booksellers. “I went in and I just loved the charm, history and smell of all of the old books.”

Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury

Author of The Bridge

Meet the Staff

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Ashley Adcox

Ashley Adcox

Sales Associate

Jennifer Deits
Jennifer Deits

I taught Middle School and High School English for twenty years. I have two children in their 20’s and my dream is to section hike the Appalachian trail, the Camino de Santiago and to travel to as many National Parks as I can.

Jennifer Deits

Sales Associate

Erik Rostad
Erik Rostad

I run a reading project called Books of Titans. Each year, I read 52 books and then write and podcast about each one. So far, I’ve read 160+ books for the project.

Erik Rostad


Building History

Our building, circa 1808, was known as The Old Factory Store and has had visitors such as Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett.