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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

A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was...

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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A throwback in Civil War History

When you drive up the long drive way you can't help me but the graveyard, long and narrow, under the trees. The plantation itself is a large house with porches where people rock... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When you drive up the long drive way you can't help me but the graveyard, long and narrow, under the trees. The plantation itself is a large house with porches where people rock in rocking chairs while waiting to go on the tour. The house is furnished in its century appropriate glory- pictures on the wall, china and bed linens.... More 

Thank Tanya R
Asheville, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An accidental battle site in an insignificant town during the Civil War. The main house is the center piece and our guide was knowledgeable as to the history of the structure, the family, and the furnishings. Used as a hospital during and after the battle, blood stains can be seen on the wood floors and antique medical instruments are displayed... More 

Thank BlueRidgeCouple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informational and moving tour. Sarah was a great tour guide. It was easy to visualize the daily life and emotions/trauma of the civil war battle. The blood stained floors really brings it to life. The cemetery was beautiful maintained.

Thank Cjmlb
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I purchased tickets for the 3 sites, Carnton Plantation, Carter House and Lotz House. Each tour guide was very enthusiastic about the history of the Battle of Franklin, the homes and the plantation, which made the stories of the battle, soldiers of the North and the South, and families living in the homes at the time of the Civil War... More 

Thank ksbyrd
Franklin, Tennessee
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to step back in time and see history come alive. Tour guides are knowledgeable and make the tour fun for the entire family.

Thank Donna F
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I believe that Carnton, Carter and Lotz are little gems. We never made it to Lotz, but Carnton and Carter are amazing. Our guide brought history alive for us. I don't think anyone can visit and not be touched by what occurred there. I can't imagine visiting the area and not visiting these houses.

Thank framgal
Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful plantation home used as a hospital during the Battle of Franklin. Very informative guide telling about the family for many generations and how the house was used over time.

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House Springs, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The plantation played a major role in the Battle of Franklin. The house was turned into a field hospital for Confederate soldiers. The tour through the house allows you to experience history. You can still see the blood stains on the wood floors from where surgery was performed on the wounded & dying! There is also a well-maintained Confederate cemetery... More 

Thank Evelyn N
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our visit to Carnton Plantation on November 2, 2015 and was fortunate to have a wonderful tour guide, Beth guide us through the home. Beth helped us visualize how life was back in this period of time. Well worth the trip!

Thank Penny B
Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to this place prompted me to read the book "The Widow of the South". Franklin, Tennessee holds is home to a great deal of Civil War sites and history.

Thank Jackie R

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