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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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Franklin for Anniversary

We can never really comprehend how horrific the Battle of Franklin really was. However, our tour guide did a really good job of painting a picture of the family, the culture, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Southaven, Mississippi
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Southaven, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We can never really comprehend how horrific the Battle of Franklin really was. However, our tour guide did a really good job of painting a picture of the family, the culture, and how the battle impacted the family. I felt a real connection to the story. If you are visiting the area for the history. Don't miss Carnton.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The Carnton Plantation was the site of the Confederates front line in the Battle of Franklin. Carrie and John McGavock were the owner's of the plantation and their home became a battle ground and hospital where in their upstairs bedrooms 8 Confederate doctor's worked on wooden planks to operate and save lives....you can see still see the blood stained wood... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Like many people who toured this home I had read the Widow of the South, which is a fictionalized account of the mistress of the home and her family and house slave. What makes this experience so different from other historic homes is that this was turned into a hospital for the Confederate soldiers. The Battle of Franklin was one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We took the tour (highly recommend ). The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the battle, the family, property, and everything we asked about. Fascinating piece of history. The grounds are well maintained and you can see it all in an hour or so.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Carnton Plantation mansion is a wonderful setting for a major part of the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. Certainly you need to see it and visit the Confederate Cemetery that adjoins the property.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The condition of the house and grounds is amazing. The knowledge of the docents and the stories of the battle will bring you back in time. What an historical jewel!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Feels odd to say something is beautiful in the middle if a battlefield but Carnton is exactly that. The history of the house and surrounding grounds has a special place in the story of the Civil War. Many soldiers from both sides died here; their blood stains the floors. A must see.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We've been to plantations before, both further south and in Virginia, near where we live. However, the docents who gave the tour of the plantation were incredibly good. Our group of 7 got split up because of arrival times, but both of our groups were sure we had the best tour guide ever. I was on the verge of tears... More 

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Brunssum, Limburg, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

A unique perspective about the family and their experience during the battle of Franklin. A large plantation that could take a little or lot of time, depending how much you want to see.

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We really liked the plantation. After the battle of Franklin this house was used as a Confederate hospital for some of the thousands of soldiers wounded in the battle. The lady of the house took them in and nursed some of them herself. The men who passed away were also buried on the property and have now been placed in... More 

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