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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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1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must see in Franklin. The Confederacy wanted Nashville back and the Union wanted to get back to Nashville. The Carter House is the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin and Kristi of the Battlefield Preservation Trust was absolutely the best guide. She put you into...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Scott W
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide was very knowledgeable and helped us to understand the battle fought on the property as the family of the home huddled in the cellar.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mjbjohnston
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Carter House is an amazing step back in time to the American Civil War. Our guide, Jim, relayed the story of the Battle of Franklin in an engaging and exciting way. The house is well-restored and is true to the style of the times. Follow...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kerrie_W66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After our wonderful experience at the Lotz house, this one paled in comparison. Would have been much more interesting to hear stories about individual people from the battle, rather than a play-by-play of the battle. Loved that they talked (a little) about the family of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mozeschrute1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Christie was by far the absolute BEST tour guide I have ever had! Her love and passion for history is very evident in the best way. She added so many fun facts about the Carter family. I was surprised to learn that furniture pieces within...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Carter and Lotz houses back to back and had an excellent time- the tour guides are experienced historians that know the architecture, period furnishings, family history and the battle. You need to allot between 2-3 hours for the whole experience and do take...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Spiegs1968
Reviewed 7 February 2019 via mobile

I’ve lived in Franklin for 25 years and had never toured the Carter House and it was very educational and enjoyable. Our tour guide was Brad and he was very knowledgeable about the history of the house itself as well as the Battle of Franklin....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jeanette T
Reviewed 29 January 2019 via mobile

This is a unique house museum because it was located right in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war. You can still see the damage from the fight all these years later. The most interesting part of the tour is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 24 January 2019 via mobile

The highlight of this tour was our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and a great story-teller. He not only shared the history of the house and family but also the Battle of Franklin. One of the more notable aspects of the house is the number...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank geoffk924
Reviewed 23 January 2019

Mike our tour guide was very good. He explained about the battle at Franklin along with the family that lived in the home. It was very informative, it surprised me that a battle this large wasn't in my textbooks. Would take the tour again.

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.