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Historic Carnton Plantation

1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
+1 615-794-0903
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Ranked #4 of 24 Attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Leeds
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Knowledgable guide, who spoke engagingly about the plantation's role in the civil war. It's a small place with an English-style garden. It won't take you long to go round but it's a nice little outing.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If visitors only want to go to one of the history tours in town, this is the one I send them to. The guides are awesome and the home really has a fascinating history.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a must see when in Franklin Tennessee. Our past is relived with an inspiring guide that brings the house nad times gone by back to life. Very historical location where 6 Confederate Generals were laid on the back porch after that bloody day at Franklin. FANTASTIC 150th Anniversary exhibit on display never together before.

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Algood, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I must say I was disappointed in our visit to this plantation. I had visited here several years before. The house and interpretation was a better and more informative than this visit. I personally fell that the house & grounds are now much more commercialized and our guide was less than impressive.

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Beechgrove, Tennessee
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The battle that developed on this farm outside of Franklin, TN was the turning point in the waning years of the Civil War. John Bell Hood's Army of the Tennessee was trying to retake Nashville from the Federal troops but the Federal troops had dug in just prior to the arrival of Hood's forces. In the ensuing battle late in... More

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Rapid City
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This home and the owners were put to work caring for the wounded of the Civil War in Franklin, TN. See how the house was transformed into operating rooms and wards for the sick and dying.

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We were visiting Nashville and this is easy to find and easily within a 45min drive. The signage directing you to Carnton Plantation is excellent. The guide on the tour was passionate about the Plantation and knowledgable. Through her descriptive conversation I could imagine the life of the time. By visiting the Plantation, a part of the civil war history... More

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Westerville, OH
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78 reviews 78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We drove to Franklin to see the Carnton Plantation from Nashville (about a 30 minute drive) on the recommendation of a friend who was familiar with the Nashville area - and ended up buying the value ticket (which gives entrance to the Carnton Plantation, the Lotz House, and the Carter House.) It was just a few minutes before the guide... More

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Darien, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This place has been really well restored and has so much to re-live, going back to the early 1800s when it was first built. It is intriguing to learn and understand how much living was conducted by the generations who lived here before and after the Civil War. To consider what degree of wealth it took to own and occupy... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We visited the Carnton Plantation after we had seen the Carter and Lotz houses. It was just as extrodinary as those other attractions. However, keep in mind that this attraction is not in walking distance of town. There is a bus that can get you out there and back, but it only runs until 4pm. So you might want to... More

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