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Historic Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built...
A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock. 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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The Battle of Franklin

Loved the grounds, including the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and gardens. The tour of the house doesn't allow photography, you travel as a group of about 30 and "stuffed" into... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Loved the grounds, including the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and gardens. The tour of the house doesn't allow photography, you travel as a group of about 30 and "stuffed" into the rooms are the tour goes on. It was a little awkward to attempt to linger in an area of particular interest. I would have preferred to wander at my leisure.... More 

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Belleville, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We loved the tour of the house and we loved that we were able to wander the grounds at our leisure. The garden is wonderful. I didn't want to leave. The civil war cemetery that is on the grounds is amazing to see. The tours that we took of the Carter and Lotz Houses and the Carnton Plantation illustrate the... More 

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Oceanport, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We have visited many plantations over the course of our travels, but none had the impact on us as much as Cairnton. I knew little about this battle before visiting, but our tour guide made us feel as though we were in the midst of it. His passion brought the whole story to life---the sacrifices the family made to help... More 

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Southaven, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We can never really comprehend how horrific the Battle of Franklin really was. However, our tour guide did a really good job of painting a picture of the family, the culture, and how the battle impacted the family. I felt a real connection to the story. If you are visiting the area for the history. Don't miss Carnton.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The Carnton Plantation was the site of the Confederates front line in the Battle of Franklin. Carrie and John McGavock were the owner's of the plantation and their home became a battle ground and hospital where in their upstairs bedrooms 8 Confederate doctor's worked on wooden planks to operate and save lives....you can see still see the blood stained wood... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Like many people who toured this home I had read the Widow of the South, which is a fictionalized account of the mistress of the home and her family and house slave. What makes this experience so different from other historic homes is that this was turned into a hospital for the Confederate soldiers. The Battle of Franklin was one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We took the tour (highly recommend ). The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the battle, the family, property, and everything we asked about. Fascinating piece of history. The grounds are well maintained and you can see it all in an hour or so.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Carnton Plantation mansion is a wonderful setting for a major part of the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. Certainly you need to see it and visit the Confederate Cemetery that adjoins the property.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The condition of the house and grounds is amazing. The knowledge of the docents and the stories of the battle will bring you back in time. What an historical jewel!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Feels odd to say something is beautiful in the middle if a battlefield but Carnton is exactly that. The history of the house and surrounding grounds has a special place in the story of the Civil War. Many soldiers from both sides died here; their blood stains the floors. A must see.

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