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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 #5 of 20 Attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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121 reviews 121 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The management and staff are not professional and this was an extremely disappointing part of our trip. I cannot recommend this location but there are many alternative mansions that do have professional, competent professional staff where tours of this kind can be enjoyed.

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Greensburg, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

I thought that the house was beautiful when we first pulled in. We bought our tickets and waited for the your to begin (which I was very excited for). Our tour guide was very nice but her tour seemed very rehearsed. It didn't seem like she truly cared what she was talking about and that it was just something she... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

Interesting, more than just the battle of Franklin. You could tell the tour guide really had a personal interest. Last time there was 15 years ago and alot of changes have been made. The historical society has done an excellent job on improving the grounds. A great gift store.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

From the front porch of the Carnton plantation you can see an ancient Osage Orange from the time of the Civil War and inside the well restores house toucan learn the rest of the story from wonderful and informative guides like Beth T. The home precedes the Civil War,survives the Battle of Franklin (Nov. 1864) as a hospital and thrives... More 

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Sevierville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Get the combo package to do the Plantation together with the Carter and Lotz houses. All close together, and very doable in one day. Excellent tour guides. Dramatic story about these houses being caught up in one of the most horrific days of the Civil War, the Battle of Franklin. Period furniture, paintings, and all that - but the real... More 

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charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

We travelled to the plantation from Nashville at the recommendation of the hotel concierge. After a walking tour of the town of Franklin (a treat in itself) we visited nearby Carnton. By chance, our 'group' consisted of the two of us and an extraordinarily well studied guide. We spent about 90 minutes on our tour and learned a great deal... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Beautiful period mansion, used as a battlefield hospital during war and where six Confederate Generals were placed after they were killed in battle. Great museum and largest Confederate cemetery in country. Very moving to walk through the cemetery and see the memorials to these brave men (some as young as sixteen). Part of Carter House tour and well worth the... More 

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Gonzales,La
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Very enjoyable tour of the home with an exceptional guide. The family and a confederate civil war cemetery are also on site. Most enjoyable if you like history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This place is like walking through a time machine. They've done a great job of keeping it feeling like time stood still around this property. There is so much history, as as a history buff, this was truly a fascinating place, a must see if you appreciate the historical aspect of the civil war era!

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Grovetown, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

while there they had a reenactment of wounded soldiers being treated. what those people had to endure is way beyond comprehension. must see attraction.

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