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Historic Carnton Plantation

Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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Ranked #4 of 47 things to do in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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 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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Saint Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

The history surrounding this place is incredible. From the house, with the blood stained floors, to the surroundings, including the confederate cemetery, is all just breath taking, and so awe inspiring to think of all that happened on November 30, 1864.

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9 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

It is amazing to walk thru the home and the grounds. You can feel the history all around. We have also attended a wedding on the grounds. Just beautiful. The home has been well preserved and Is an important piece of american history

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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It's even better than the famous bloodstains on the floors upstairs. They have done a wonderful job investing in this extremely historical home, grounds and confederate cemetery. Don't miss this for the historical home and historical interpretation.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Excellent place to bring children to share history. They can see the blood-stained floors from where this plantation home became a hospital during the Battle of Franklin. Then walk to Confederate Cemetary to see where members of the family who lived here, as well as, hundreds of Confederate soldiers who died here are buried. The gardens on the property are... More 

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pearland, texas
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154 reviews 154 reviews
25 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Really enjoyed this tour! Be warned, you will be standing for over an hour, there is no place to sit at all. If you leave during the tour, you are not allowed back in. We were warned, so no big deal, might be a problem with young children. Our tour guide definitely knew his history. The grounds and cemetery are... More 

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Greater Cincinnati
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very much enjoyed the tour with Rich - my 15 year old enjoyed it but it was our third tour of the day so he was wearing out - he said he wished we had saved it for the next day when we wasn't so tired. Allow an hour for the house tour and then more time to tour the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This place is beautiful but I recommend coming on a warmer day so you can enjoy the grounds and looking at cemetery. It was later in the day and getting very cold so we did not look at the cemetery. I love history and our guide was very good at relaying the history of the Battle of Franklin and the... More 

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Midland, Michigan
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17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Unfortunately we did not know that the one-hour tour was only offered during set times and we weren't able to participate. We did pay for ground passes and enjoyed looking at the estate, the out buildings, the cemetary and the impressive garden. The map/booklet gave us lots of information, however without the tour you can't get into the home which... More 

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Philadelphia
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The Historic Carnton Plantation was a stop during our tour with the Tennessee Motor Coach Association. We were all together for our 2015 Convention here in Franklin, TN. I studied the area before I came but there was nothing like hearing the history of this Plantation from our house tour guide, Lisa. The home is beautiful, but haunting. The tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I usually dislike tours, but this one was the best I've experienced. The tour guide did not shy away from the harsh truth (I've heard guides before gloss over slavery and battlefield medicine), but did not go into gory details sorely for dramatic effect. The house and adjoining cemetery are beautiful and sad at the same time. If a Franklin... More 

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