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“Carnton Plantation Tour in Franklin, TN”
Review of Carnton

Ranked #2 of 71 things to do in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 15 September 2017

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. He was a wealth of knowledge, did not rush anyone, and answered all questions asked. The ability to self-tour the beautiful one-acre gardens was a plus. You just wanted to grab a cup of coffee, a book, and sit on the bench!!! HIGHLY recommended!

Thank Joy P
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

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 house was used for a hospital for the many wounded and still bears the proof of this. I am so glad it is preserved and available to visit to help us remember our history.

Thank judypr
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

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 well by the experienced historians on site. Continue your journey to the Carter House and then the Lotz house (right across the street from the Carter House). Take a short drive out to Fort Grainger Park just off Hwy 96 outside of Franklin and you will get a perspective of the battlefield from the North. Then drive out to Winstead Hill Park on the south side (Hwy 31/ Columbia Pike) and you will have completed the battlefield landscape.

Thank Troy H
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Reviewed 5 September 2017 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 remain on every wood floor. The confederate cemetery on the grounds is proof of the havoc of a 5 hour brutal battle on Nov. 30, 1864.

Thank JMasonNashville
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

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 the Battle of Franklin. The McGavock's home was used as a field hospital during the battle and (I believe) 5 confederate generals died on their front porch. Amputations were done in the upstairs bedroom, and the bloodstained floors have been preserved. I have family in Franklin, so I visit Carnton with different friends and family members every time I go. I also recommend the Lotz House, Carter House and Winstead Hill. Closer to Nashville, don't miss Belle Meade and Belmont Mansion.

Thank exdisney27
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