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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock and it was a large working farm. Over forty slaves lived and worked at Carnton in the years leading up to the Civil War. On November 30, 1864, the site was witness to the Battle of Franklin. Carnton became the largest field hospital in the area following the terrible battle, and in 1866 the McGavock Confederate Cemetery was established nearby. Today the cemetery holds the remains of nearly 1,500 Southern soldiers.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Easy walk paths. Not much of the furniture, drapes, bedding or wall paper are original, however they recreated almost exactly. The original furniture found in the house is well discussed about. Our guide was very personable and knowledge.

Thank Kathryn R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great appreciation for history. The visit to Franklin did not disappoint! We toured Carter House, Lotz House, and Carnton Plantation, which all share the devastating story of the day that changed the lives of the small town just months before the end of the Civil...More

Thank Kristine B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful little Frankln went through quite an ordeal during the Civil War. Carnton and Lotz House were in the middle of the battle ground and have quite a story to tell. Don't miss it!

Thank Celeste D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautifully preserved/restored plantation house with an important story. It was well told by our guide and by the house itself. It served as a confederate hospital during the Civil War, before, during and after the battle of Franklin. The evidence of this...More

Thank Manazefa
Reviewed 1 week ago

While we did not tour ALL that was available in the surrounding area, we did tour the Carnton Plantation and it's gardens. WOW - this is a beautiful property with MUCH history. The one-hour tour is wonderful, and our tour guide, Bill Eaton, was awesome....More

Thank Joy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having grown up in Franklin, the tragedy of the Battle of Franklin was always a somber part of our history. Touring Carnton in recent years really reminded me of the story of how tragic the battle had to have been for the community. This beautiful...More

Thank judypr
Reviewed 1 week ago

Standing on the grounds at Carnton with the "story teller" will bring-to-life the Battle of Franklin. You will easily envision what it must have been like to have experience those events. It is an adventure you will not forget, and one that is presented very...More

Thank Troy H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I loved this place because of its family history. Even though they had slaves it was a working family home. In that way it is a sad story and it ends as a confederate hospital during and after the terrible battle of Franklin. Blood stains...More

Thank JMasonNashville
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I fell in love with Carnton on my first visit. A narrated tour with guides in period costumes. Visit all the restored rooms in the mansion where Carrie McGavock buried three of her children and created a cemetery for the confederate soldiers who died in...More

Thank exdisney27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A return visit to Carnton! We had a passionate tour guide who shared her knowledge of Carnton and the McGavock's. The Battle of Franklin was one of the deadliest Civil War battles The McGavock's opened up Carnton to be used as a hospital. This tour...More

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21 September 2017|
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Response from EricJacobson | Property representative |
Hi, You can indeed purchase the Value Ticket at any of the three sites. There is also a Combination Ticket for just Carter House and Carnton. Thanks.
LaDonna P
2 August 2017|
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Response from JudsonK_13 | Reviewed this property |
Above days and times correct. Major holidays include New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Also, the last tour begins at 4 p.m.
Katie G
25 May 2017|
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Response from Wayland L | Reviewed this property |
I can't say for sure since our hosts paid for our tickets. I know you must have a ticket to enter the plantation house, but I think you can walk around the grounds (gardens and cemeteries) without purchasing a ticket since... More