Built by former convict and successful businessman Britton Jones, Franklin House once housed one of the best private schools in the area from 1842 until 1866. However, since 19600 Franklin House has been the stomping ground of the National Trust in Tasmania. The National Trusts work to conserve natural, Indigenous and cultural heritage all around the country, and Launceston’s Franklin House is under that umbrella. The beautiful grounds are open to the public to explore for a small fee. Visiting this well-kept house is a must-see, especially if you are an avid historian. Run by knowledgable volunteer staff, you will be guided through the house and told its history. The house itself is filled with signs explaining various items in each room and what they were used for. It’s the perfect way to take a peak into the lives of those that lived here all those years ago. There is an onsite cafe and Tearooms open to the public, with the food being prepared from the vegetable garden on the grounds.The Tearooms are open during the house operating hours for light meals and drinks.