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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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Plantation Tour

Excellent stop. The presentation may bring tears to your eyes. Very moving experience! You cannot take photographs inside, but the vivid story-telling by the guide, will etch... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Monticello, Indiana
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Monticello, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Excellent stop. The presentation may bring tears to your eyes. Very moving experience! You cannot take photographs inside, but the vivid story-telling by the guide, will etch details into your mind forever. A MUST visit site!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Carnton Plantation played host to the tragic aftermath of the Battle Of Franklin. Used as a hospital after the battle, the blood stains still on the floor made events that occurred 150 years ago seem like yesterday! By all means visit the cemetery and pay your respects to the brave boys who gave the last full measure of devotion to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited Carnton Plantation on the off season for tours, which benfitted us because we had a tour guide all to ourselves to answer our questions. The guide really brought the civil war to life in this old home. I felt as if I were there experiencing it first hand. From hearing him talk about the soldiers making their way... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The Battle of Franklin took place on this property, and it also became a Confederate cemetery. Russell (tour guide) is a wealth of information, you can tell he enjoys sharing the home's history.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A must-see place in Franklin. This house is the basis for the book "The Widow of the South." I've been on the tour a couple of times, and the tour guides are always very passionate about the history. Franklin, and Middle Tennessee played a very interesting part of the civil war, and this is a great place to get an... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Beautifully restored/preserved price of history. The whole place is beautiful. Must take the walk out to the cemetery.

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

After reading several novels both fiction and factual about this plantation home and how it factored into the Battle of Franklin, I finally got to realize my dream of a visit. It certainly lived up to all I thought it would be and more. Our Guide, Beth, was very knowledgeable about both the family and the battle. Just being at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We went on an hour long tour here - and it was fantastic. We spend about 30 minutes walking the ground. We did the plantation, carter house, and lotz house all in one day. This was our favorite!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Great tour of the old plantation home and cemetery. Information on the Battle of Franklin, which had nearly 40,000 troops and heavy causalities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Yes, I read "The Widow of the South" before I came. I'm glad I did; the battlefield story really set the stage for the trip to the house, which is lovely. The tour is pretty interesting, perhaps not quite keyed for kids (mine are 9 & 11). Gardens are pretty. The cemetery is interesting and well-tended. The house is situated... More 

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