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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 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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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The tour guide gave an excellent tour, very knowledgeable and it was extremely interesting. If you like history to will like this and make sure you go through McGavock Cemetery.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Sad story behind the history of this house. Five Confederate generals died during the Battle of Franklin and their bodies were laid out on the front porch. It was the site of a hospital, as were so many other large plantation homes. A nearby cemetery holds the graves of hundreds of soldiers. A museum and gift shop are attached to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We visited Carnton Plantation while on vacation in Nashville. We took the tour of the original plantation home which is considered notable because it served as an army hospital during the civil war. We enjoyed going back in time to learn about the family who inhabited the plantation during the civil war. They sacrificed much by turning their home into... More

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Apple Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Amazing place, especially if you like history. Guide was great and place was even better. A must see.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

a group of us friends decided to get together in Franklin, Tennessee for a tour of Historic Carnton Plantation and then one of our group folks had heard Robert Hicks Author of "The Widow of the South" gave PRIVATE TOURS! We contacted Carnton Plantation the Heritage Heritage Foundation and they confirmed "yes" Robert did give private tours for a fee!... More

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Lexington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This was the only house we had time to see during our stay in Franklin, and we weren't disappointed. Beautifully restored with a very interesting history. I'm a Civil War buff and the stories told about the family's efforts - especially the mistress of the home - during and after the Battle of Franklin are inspiring. The cemeteries (family cemetery... More

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Came across the Plantation as a result of picking up a flyer in Nashville. Excellent tour of the house with plenty of detail about the Civil War from an enthusiastic guide, well done!

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

We did enjoy our time at Carnton very much. However, out of all the tours we did in Franklin this one seemedto be the last personal. Seemed like our guide was a little grumpy or tired, she definitely wasn't half as passionate about her job as the other guides we had in Franklin. Also felt like maybe she took a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Don't miss this, it is an excellent story. The confederate cemetery is next to the plantation. It gives you a glimpse into what life was like for everyone living in those days, they were greatly impacted by the war, whether they were soldiers or not.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Carnton Plantation and the cemetary created for the Confederate dead are very moving. Sometimes we forget that real people lived through the horrors of war and never forgot the sacrifices of those who did not. Unlike any site I have ever visited, well maintained, with great exhibits and excellent guides.

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