Ernest Bowman & Brother Do It Best

Welcome to Bowman's Do It Best Hardware.  Come in and look around and see how a 4th generation business that began in the 1860's has grown and changed, but STILL CONVEYS the charm and character that began so long ago.  You once were able to buy live chickens, groceries, bolts of fabric, harness and corset stays.  Today we are a full service hardware store.

Our present building was built in 1924, just after the Franklin fire.  We still have the old walls and wooden floor, but there is nothing old fashioned about our service and products that you will find here. 

What is the most sought after product you seek??  No doubt CUSTOMER SERVICE ranks close to the top of your list.  Need help installing a well pump and pressure tank, plumbing a house, or putting in an electrical service?  WITH A FULL LINE OF PLUMBING, PAINT, HARDWARE, APPLIANCE AND HEATING STOVES SALES AND SERVICE....We have the expertise to help you plan your job and make sure you have all of the required parts to complete the job!


Ernest Bowman & Brother's Store burned to the ground April 17, 1924 during a fire which destroyed much of Franklin.  A new store, our present building, opened for business on October 1, 1925.  That was also the year that the price of a new Ford car (without a self-starter) dropped to $300.00

Before fleeing the burning store during the 1924 Franklin fire, a distraught Bowman's clerk grabbed a stack of dinner plates he'd been unpacking.  As it turned out, that was the only merchandise saved in the entire store. 

Did you know the bricks for Bowman's Store were fired in Franklin near the high school?  C. B. Smith of Bridgewater was the mason and a local craftsman, C.E. Lee, was the carpenter.  Jeff Bowman was learning to walk about this time.

Larson Doors
Pellet Stoves



We carry many top brands of appliances. We also service all brands that we sell.


We carry a full line of plumbing supplies.


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