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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 24 Attractions 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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Cape Girardeau, MO
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

The employees seemed to really enjoy their jobs, and the presentation was very good (per the American History teacher in our group).

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Alex our tour guide gave us a wonderful glimpse of an incredible family who lived thru a devastating battle of Franklin with grace and humility and gave so much back to the wounded soldiers. They provided refuge and turned their plantation home into a hospital. Beautiful grounds and well preserved.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Having toured the Hermitage the previous day, I expected the usual canned narrative from a mobile device worn around the neck. What a marvelous surprise at Carnton Plantation! The one hour tour of the house was both knowledgeable and poignant. With the exception of one room, our tour group was welcomed into each room decorated with either original furnishings of... More 

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Limington, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This site was an excellent source of history that took place in Franklin TN during the Civil War. The family that lived here during that time took on a tremendous responsibility to help the Confederate Soldiers that were injured during the battle at the Carter House.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Amazing home and history. Civil war cemetery on the property. Tour guide was wonderful. Worth the time.

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Cayucos, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We bought a package ticket which included the Carnton Plantation, Carter House, and Lotz House. All three well worth a visit, but I would recommend starting early so you don't feel rushed. Also, the town looked interesting to walk around. Tour guides we had were superior: history experts who also had a talent for telling the story of the families... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The history of the Carnton Plantation is amazing, our guide did a great job explaining the history of the events that took place here! It's worth yor time to visit!

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Swartz Creek, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This tour was an interesting history lesson, not only for the Civil War history as it relates to the Confederate Army, but for the information available about how it was converted to a battle hospital. We enjoyed walking around the grounds and viewing the cemetery. If you are history buff, this attraction is for you. We happened to be there... More 

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Lake Elmo, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A visit to the Carnton Plantation and the other 2-Civil War museums (Carter House & Lotz House) in Franklin were a great experience and extremely educational. If you're a Civil War buff or just interested in American history, this is worth the visit when you're near Nashville. All the guides were very knowledgeable covering one of the major battles of... More 

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Columbia, Tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The grounds and house are kept in great shape, it gives you a glimpse into the old south way of life, as well as the horror of the civil war. Siting on the porch in a rocker enjoying a cooling breeze enables you to see in your mind the beauty that was marred by the battle of Franklin, and its... More 

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