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“Amazing experience”
Review of Carnton

Carnton
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US$ 69.00*
and up
Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #2 of 66 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 4 weeks 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
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 War. Although our Tour guide was knowledgeable and very nice, she lacked some of the emotional connection we had at the other locations.

Thank Kristine B
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

1  Thank Celeste D
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Reviewed 5 weeks 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 tragic time is told in the blood stains on the wood floors. Well done! And don't forget to visit the cemetery on the grounds. It is very moving.

1  Thank Manazefa
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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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