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Historic Carnton Plantation

1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
+1 615-794-0903
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As featured in 3 days in Nashville
Ranked #4 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Bronte, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great tour of the house. I liked the CSA cemetery; so solemn and peaceful. I thought the tour guide focused more on the bloodstains than the history, however.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

After spending most of my childhood being drug around to various civil war battlefields, I feel like I know the good and the bad. This is a particularly good place to visit. With the house still standing and a vibrant story, Carnton is engaging and exciting. The tour guides are very well trained and don't get too bogged down in... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I visited Carnton plantation as part of the Battle of Franklin three-site tour. This was my last stop on the tour for the day. The grounds are expansive and beautiful; this house has been very well cared for and/or restored over the years. The tour guide was very well-versed in the history of the home, and she was able to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

As a history teacher, I am hard on docents, especially when I've been many times to this site. Sara did not disappoint. She had a great storytelling ability and even I learned something new. Great job.

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Northwest Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

To imagine what the family that lived there while the battle of Franklin was going on, unbelievable The home is beautiful and most of the items were owned by the family are still in there. Upstairs is where it is really interesting. To see the blood stains still on the floor from where the soldiers died you could almost hear... More

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Huntsville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed touring here. Our guide new the history, not many facts about the family or the house. He would ask after we left each room what did you think of this room, meaning his interpretation. House and grounds are a must see.

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Lowell, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Even if you are not a great enthusiast for the events that occurred during the Civil War, this is still a wonderful monument to a family who forgot their every-day lives and their wealth and did what they had to do to take care of those who needed them. The home and grounds are beautiful (they were setting up for... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We bought Franklin Trust's value ticket and first toured the Carter House, then the Lotz House and then the Plantation. Our guide was a young woman who had her own style of presenting the history of this family and house and after having a heavy dose of detailed battle background at Carter and an emotional tour at Lotz, this young... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I arrived at the plantation in the evening. It looked like a wedding was going on. The plantation building was pretty cool from the outside and the trail has historical placards to tell about the civil war battle there. Glad I saw it!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Imagine a home converted to a hospital that accomodated more than 400 injured soldiers after the Battle of Franklin. On this property 1500 confederate dead are buried. The tour guides are knowledgable and will take you back in time. The children that lived here saw things to child or parent should ever see and there simply was not PTSD therapy... More

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