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“blood stains”(191 reviews)
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 enslaved people...more
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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903
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Reviewed yesterday

The woman of the house was written about in a recent novel, "Widow of the South." So much sadness here but a very historical place everyone must visit - as Franklin was the "Gettysburg" of the west.

Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having read The Widow of the South novel, both my wife and I were interested in seeing the plantation and house portrayed in the book which was turned into a field hospital for the Battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864. It was made more personal...More

1  Thank Steve B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a field hospital in the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War. It is a beautiful house in the box style. It looks great inside and is done up to the time. They still have blood stains on the 2nd floor, which is...More

1  Thank Tom S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited from the UK. The tour was interesting, but we were deeply perturbed to conclude the entire tour about the family, its home, the history and the economics of the period without one single reference to slavery. The outdoor map invited us to find...More

1  Thank KMcR4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We’ve wanted to stop by Franklin and especially Carnton for awhile now. Reading about how the War came to town, swallowing up this home and family and leaving everything in it’s wake changed forever is one thing. Seeing the place and hearing the story again...More

Thank DarthDad07
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to hear the story of how the home was used as a hospital during the civil war - Battle of Franklin. You can still see the blood stains on the floor and where supposedly the surgeon threw body parts out the window on the...More

Thank kimberlyrayrn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Carnton Plantation was incredible. Beautiful home with an interesting history. The grounds and facilities were beautiful. The Family cemetery and the CSA cemetery were beautiful as well!

Thank llockett54
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Civil War History in beautiful Franklin,Tenn. A breath taking antibellum home that was turned into a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Franklin. Blood stains are still visible on the floor. The heroic matron of the home, Carrie McGavock,that cared for the hurt and dying....More

Thank Roam257127
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The backstory about this home makes for an interesting tour. The home is nice, but the story of what happened here makes it special.

1  Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the time to visit Carlton Plantation if you are anywhere close. The house has an incredible history, especially during the civil war. I guarantee you will learn things you did not know about the war, and about the impact it had on the family...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