We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carter House

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (334)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bullet holes”(185 reviews)
“tour guide”(110 reviews)
The Carter House was built around 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. By the time of the Civil War it was a large agricultural operation. In the years leading up to the Civil War nearly thirty enslaved people lived and worked on the farm. The Carter...more
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
Reviews (1,170)
Filter reviews
1,164 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bullet holes battle of franklin tour guide civil war carnton plantation family hid small museum across the street great tour visitor center bloody battle back porch history buff come alive both sides family members nashville area
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1,164 reviews
Reviewed yesterday

We toured the Carnton the day before and were so impressed with the tour. Cliff's Carter House tour was a continuation of the effect on families during and after the Battle of Franklin. The house and other buildings are riddled with bullet holes. When I...More

Thank Frugalmama57
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This tour was great - I loved the bullet holes in the boys dormitory. It really gave you an idea of the battle that happened on these very grounds! Amazing history.

Thank Kristie S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Battle of Franklin one of last big battles Civil War. Hood lost over half his officers. Son of Carter House owner died from multiple wounds in battle. House and outbuildings riddled with huge holes from 55 caliber balls. Very knowledgeable guides.

Thank Perrythomasbarrett
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wish I could share my photos of the wall in the small house outside the Carter House. The wall was laden with so many bullet holes and the opposite side had half as many.

Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here as a follow-on visit after seeing the Lotz House. This was a fantastic place to visit and learn more about the American Civil War and especially The Battle of Franklin. David VanDyke (I think that was the guides name) did a great job...More

Thank Dan E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply amazing. I cannot stress this enough. It is mind blowing that this house has survived through this very quick, violent, and bloody battle. Our tour guide Randy was great; super informative and had a natural excitement. The Farm Office with all of the bullet...More

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide to this interesting place was a real Civil War enthusiast. His knowledge of the battle on this site was encyclopedic. In addition to the detail of the battle he told us that throughout the US at the time of the Civil War slaves...More

Thank Kate M
Eric J, Manager at Carter House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, I sent you a private message to address your concerns, but did not hear back from you. Do you recall the name of your guide? Eric A. Jacobson CEO

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We followed up our visit to Carnton with a tour of the Carter House. This position for the battle was on the Union side of the battle entrenchments and was near the center of fighting. The battle damage that still exists on the home and...More

Thank DarthDad07
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guy,Will P.,did an excellent job telling the history of the Carter family and The Battle of Franklin. The family and their home was caught in the cross fires between Confederate and Union soldiers. Great history and great story telling by Will. A must...More

Thank Roam257127
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for the last tour of the day at the Carter House which was almost a personal tour, as there was only one other person. Our tour guide was excellent and knows a lot about the family and the Battle of Franklin.

Thank Greg O
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 26 nearby hotels
Best Western Franklin Inn
1,036 reviews
4.22 km away
Quality Inn
119 reviews
4.29 km away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Nashville Franklin
763 reviews
4.67 km away
Americas Best Value Inn Franklin/Spring Hill
88 reviews
4.73 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 403 nearby restaurants
Kilwins Franklin
134 reviews
.87 km away
Merridee's Breadbasket
753 reviews
.88 km away
Red Pony Restaurant
544 reviews
.89 km away
Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant
1,957 reviews
.86 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 104 nearby attractions
Lotz House Museum
2,825 reviews
.18 km away
McGavock Confederate Cemetery
338 reviews
1.54 km away
Downtown Franklin
1,242 reviews
.36 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
9 April 2017|
AnswerShow all 9 answers
Response from MikeMChattanooga | Reviewed this property |
Tickets can be purchased for all three attractions at the first one you visit. Doing that saves you something like $11 per person.