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Carter House

1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064
615 791 1861
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Ranked #3 of 24 Attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums
Description: This ante-bellum home was the site of a famous Civil War battle and has a museum dedicated to the history of the battle.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Apple Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I thoroughly love this house. The tour guide was informative and the house was excellent. Would do it again.

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California, Maryland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The house is a great representation of an upper middle class home at the time. But the reason to go is to hear the story of the battle, which was so well told by our guide. I was in tears when I left. Unforgettable history.

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Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Although I do feel the tour was worthwhile, it was a little odd to me that we probably only spent about 5 to 10 minutes in the home. Most of our time was spent on the porch where our guide did give a very detailed and specific account of the battle (including troop movements of both sides). My favorite part... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Our guide was extremely informative, told us all about the battle, we went down to the basement where the family and friends stayed during the battle. I get chills just thinking about it! It was such a horrible time, that really brought it home!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This is a great stroy, well presented it makes history come alive. The story of Capt. Carter shot down in a furious battle almost in the family's yard could not be matched by any fiction. Visitors walk where brave men died and to imagine the feelings of the civilians (especially children) during the battle sends shivers down the spine of... More

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Smyrna Tn
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Carrie was our tour guide she was very friendly and gave a lot of insight about The Battle Of Franklin. The tour lasts about an hour you get the house tour and grounds tour for 15.00. If you like history you will enjoy The Carter House.

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Deerfield, Illinois
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126 reviews 126 reviews
20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Battle of Franklin is often overlooked because it occurred within a few months of the end of the Civil War, far from where the main events and big name generals were conducting their campaigns. The story of the Carter family who lived in this house and the setting and circumstances of the battle was wonderfully told by our young... More

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San Francisco, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

A good visit. The history was similar to the other two houses visited on the joint ticket but the guides all had something different to add. Free grounds parking.

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Madison, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Man those bullet holes really illustrate what it must have been like for that family. We had a WONDERFUL guide, David, who was very informative and enthusiastic. You felt like you knew the people you were learning about personally and could almost smell the smoke and blood by the time he was finished with the tour.

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Canton, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

It would be nice if our school systems would teach history in this way. Bob, our tour guide was so good in telling the story of the time. Who, why, the times, stories from diaries and letters. To hear and be at these locations is simply unbelievable. Not sure the age appropriateness would be. But learning out the hardships and... More

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