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Carter House

1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
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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 slaves lived and worked on the farm. The Carter home and property was consumed by the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. One of the Carter sons was mortally wounded during the terrible fighting and died in the house two days after the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and 360 days a year.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
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"bullet holes"
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"tour guide"
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"civil war"
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"carnton plantation"
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"small museum"
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"across the street"
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"great tour"
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"visitor center"
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"back porch"
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"history buff"
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"bloody battle"
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"love history"
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"nashville area"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After visiting the Carnton plantation, decided we needed to see this property as well. Am so glad we went! Our tour guide was a wealth of information and the family the battle that occurred surrounding the home and the aftermath of this tragic but important...More

Thank PBuhrmann
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A battle largely forgotten that is arguably more bloody than Gettysburg with three intact houses to visit to get the full scope of the significance of the engagement. Led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guides (especially Mike) who bring to life the real people who...More

Thank blake b
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Mike our tour guide was great . He was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job telling the story of the Carter house . I would highly recommend this tour to anyone especially history lovers .

Thank NobleOakPercussion
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide we had was so informative and passionate about this house. It’s amazing to see a part of history still alive! Definitely a must visit.

Thank loriwill3
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited both Carter and Carnton today and had 2 lovely ladies show us round each house. Their passion and knowledge had me wiping away tears as they told the stories of that fateful day. Could not recommend the tours more

Thank Kirsty B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly Recommended: The Enslaved and Slavery tour was powerful and so valuable. Kristie the tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and very passionate. Her stories are well researched and supported with evidence from her extensive searches of actual historical documents. Kristie describes the numerous generations of...More

Thank SamatMomos
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If interested in the battles of the civil war this is a tour for you! Mike Eaton was our tour guide and he was very knowledgable. Preserving our history is important and the Carter House is working hard to restore all of the historical land.

Thank benniejh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took Brad's tour of the house and battlefield and found it one of the most thoughtful and informative tours of a Civil War site. The house is dead center in the middle of a major battle field. The house and the out building are...More

Thank diane b
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the bullet holes on the outside of the house and see where the family hid during the Battle of Franklin, it is worth the visit. This is a guided tour, don't miss the small museum attached to the tour center.

Thank xelajane
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Civil war history comes alive at the Carter House with an informative tour by a wonderful tour guide, Bill. I learned alot about life in the 1800s, am appreciative of the amenities we enjoy today, and was value what soldiers went through to give us...More

Thank LaNette H
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mcollazo288
9 April 2017|
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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.
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