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Historic Carnton Plantation

1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
+1 615-794-0903
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As featured in 3 days in Nashville
Ranked #4 of 22 attractions in Franklin
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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Bakersfield, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

The plantation's entrance has been changed so once your within a mile on your gps follow the signs instead of the gps. The tour was very indightful, and the guide was extreamely knowledgable and easy going. The Confederate graveyard on the property was well maintained and its significance is explained in detail on the tour. By doing the group rate... More

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed visiting the Carter House, Carnton Plantation and Lotz House in Franklin, Tenn. There were tour guides for each site and each guide gave us a lot of information regarding the Battle of Franklin. All of the guides were very well informed about the Civil War. We visited during the second week in April and the weather was pleasant... More

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Kokomo, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Very beautiful plantation. Enjoyed the tour & the grounds. Lots of history to be told here. My granddaughter, age 12, also enjoyed the visit. Cemetery was fascinating.

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Crown Point, Indiana, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The house is beautiful and certainly has an interesting story to tell. Our tour guide was *very* dramatic, to the point of being corny, but we all (including kids ages 15, 13 & 9) enjoyed our morning there.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We were a group of three, and after a long journey to Franklin we found ourselves arriving too late for the final tour of the house. Luckily, we were not faced with the usual officious gate keepers, but a charming and generous curator/tour guide named Beth. Beth, who could see our enthusiasm and desperation bent over backwards to give us... More

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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is a great tour of this beautiful plantation home and story of its significance in the Civil War. This site was a field hospital after the Battle of Franklin and still has blood stains on the floors! The tour was excellent! The Battle of Franklin was one the deadliest battles in the Civil War with 7,500 casualties in a... More

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Dunlap, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

This was the fourth time touring the Carnton. I love this place. The tour guide was magnificent! She made the battle come to life. I have heard the stories before, but teared up as she painted a mental image of the horrific battle that took place and the activity that ensued inside the home. Enjoyable tour for all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

We started our visit to Franklin here & purchased tickets for Carnton Plantation, Carter House, & Lutz House - a great value! Tour guide fantastic - knowledgeable & drew group in by asking questions. Never felt rushed & able to spend time in every room! So impressed by the tour & the grounds, including the cemetery, bought the book 'The... More

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Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I so wanted to love this tour, but unfortunately, as the last tour of the day on 3/28/14, our tour guide couldn't have cared less about our tour. We learned very little past conjecture about the family, house and area. This tour was a stark contrast to our tours at the Carter House & Lotz House, which we had toured... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We had a gal...I wish I could remember her name. She did an outstanding job! We had young children with us and even they were riding on her every word! The largest Confederate cemetery! Go on the tour first they tell interesting stories about it. Then you can check it out. Defiantly worth seeing! Buy the three house tour. All... More

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