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Historic Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built...
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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Interesting tour; thank goodness for battlefield

Yes, I read "The Widow of the South" before I came. I'm glad I did; the battlefield story really set the stage for the trip to the house, which is lovely. The tour is pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Yes, I read "The Widow of the South" before I came. I'm glad I did; the battlefield story really set the stage for the trip to the house, which is lovely. The tour is pretty interesting, perhaps not quite keyed for kids (mine are 9 & 11). Gardens are pretty. The cemetery is interesting and well-tended. The house is situated... More 

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Tomball, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful, in-depth tour of the mansion. History! History! History! Lots of room to walk around and enjoy the property. I would love to see it in the springtime when the garden is thriving.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent tour of a beautiful Civil War era plantation home with a knowledgeable guide. The most memorable aspect of the tour is the remains of blood stains on several floors of the home, as it was used as a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Franklin in 1864. The Confederate cemetery on the grounds lends a poignancy that visitors won't... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Interested in the Civil War? The history of America? Want to hear about one of the bloodiest battles ever fought on American soil? Then visit Carnton Plantation. This place is filled with history. From the story of the family who opened its home to soldiers, wounded in battle. To the chaos and drama that unfolded over a matter of hours... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Really liked the tour guides attention to detail and passion for the history - he took his time to make the battle of Franklin clear.

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Spokane, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great historical home and area. Guided tour lasts about 1 hour. (If you want to see inside the home you have to take a guided tour - no self-guided version available) On the tour you will hear about how the home and its inhabitants were affected by the war. We also heard a fairly detailed explanation of the "Battle of... More 

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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We got there late and were only able to see the cemetery and read some of the signs but would love to go back and see inside the grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My wife and I stayed several hours longer than planned in order to take this tour. Rusty was our tour guide and did a wonderful job considering the CEO of the company decided to give a tour to a private group before our small group. Rusty didn't let that adversely affect his presentation and did a great job. Don't miss,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Excellent tour and highly recommend! The tour guide was wonderful and gave historic insight of the family as their house was used by the Confederate Army as a field hospital. The tour guide pulls you into the event and how the family handled it. A must see!

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Brighton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The tour gave a vivd picture of what it was like during the time of the Battle of Franklin. The home was used as a hospital. The grounds are lovely with a garden which was typical of the time.

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