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Carter House

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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
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 September 2003

The Carter House is full of history. There are bullet holes in the buildings and the museum is small but excellent. In fact, it is one of the most interesting civil war museums that I have viewed. There is a lot of the human story...More

17  Thank Destination27532
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 February 2015

see the history of Franklin here! really good. enjoyable for the family. i went there for a school project and got a good grade. glad i went there.

5  Thank Luigi B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After seeing Carnton, it is worth going to the Carter house to experience the battle from the viewpoint of the other end of the battlefield.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A must see for visitors to Franklin as you learn about the Battle of Franklin, its impact on the Civil War and on the community.

Thank David G
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is so much history here, it's just unbelieveable. The house its' self is kind of cool, but the story is so compelling. Our guide just made the whole thing come alive, I felt like I was there! Wish I remembered her name. My only...More

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'll be up-front about my general lack of interest in most historical sites in general and civil war sites in particular. That being said, our guide Brad made this experience both compelling, educational and interesting.

Thank RBurrage
Reviewed 1 week ago

Out of the places that I visited while staying in TN it was the one that impacted me the most. The tour guide was excellent. It provide details of what happened in that property during the Battle of Franklin and how affected the lives of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great tour of the homestead! Brad did an excellent job telling the story of the war, the family and describing the complexion of the nation at the time of the war. Wonderful, educational and engaging. Do yourself a favor and immerse yourself into...More

Thank Bart P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at the museum to late to do the full walking tour, so we paid for the Carter House tour and museum. Our guide spent over an hour talking about the house as well as how the battle played out all around the property....More

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

David was our guide. I’m sure all the guides must be good but his narrative was certainly exceptional ! The hour tour of the house and nearby grounds seemed to fly by because he was so knowledgeable and able to relate the history in such...More

1  Thank Flyfreemark
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited Franklin,TN several times and always do the tour. Our guide this trip was Christy... She was the same guide we had our first visit to Carnton Plantation in 2013 as well... She ABSOLUTELY nails it! So knowledgeable in the history and very...More

Thank michaeltara2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful tour of the Carter House our tour guide was so passionate about the human perspective of the battle that took place here.

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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.