Franklin Yard is Columbia’s original hospitality and entertainment destination reborn in the halls and yard of a former school and Abbey. The story began in 1828, when the Franklin Inn (later called the Buck Tavern) was a stage coach stop in Columbia and the region’s favorite watering hole through the late 1800s and early 1900s. The property was also home to the Immaculate Conception Church and School from the late 1800s until the present day, with the Abbey serving as an iconic landmark on Main Street.
Now, it is the walls and halls of the former school that are becoming a premier entertainment destination for the St. Louis region once again, featuring a full-service boutique hotel, upscale farm-to-table restaurant, state-of-the-art sports bar, and much more. This is all in addition to the existing crown jewel of the property, the Main Street Abbey wedding & event venue space.
Franklin Yard promises to be a destination where old school hospitality meets new school fun. It’s a place where you can act like an adult but still feel young at heart. All the while, discriminating décor and elevated experiences will make any guest feel like they are the “head of the class.”
Photo: Franklin Inn, 1842