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

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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I have visited Carnton house several times over the past few years mainly because guests that come in town are interested in touring the house. It is worth the money and very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Franklin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited Carnton house several times over the past few years mainly because guests that come in town are interested in touring the house. It is worth the money and very interesting - lots of history.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My brother and sister-in-law were down to visit and they are in Civil War Reinactment. We took they site seeing, one place being the Carnton Plantation. There is so much history here and the stories of the Plantation are great. There is also a cemetery to go and see.... This is a must see place.

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Marysville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Carnton has such an interesting history! Well worth a stop or a special visit to Franklin! Even on a cold day in January!

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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The amount of civil war history in Franklin TN is amazing. The tour guides for the Lotz House, Carter House and this house is wonderful. To hear this was a hospital during the war then the family kept the people there after the war till they healed enough to travel back to their families. Amazing info and stories. Oh, if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on a cold January afternoon in brilliant sunshine . Guide was really excellent telling us stories of the house and it's owners . It's part in the Battle of Franklin was chilling - the outstanding compassion of the family that stayed to help the wounded then devoted the rest of their lives to preserving the cemetery where... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carnton Plantation is on the site of the Battle of Franklin and is a must see for people interested in Civil War history. The tour takes you through the house, which served as a make-shift hospital during the Battle of Franklin. There are still blood stains on the hardwood of one of the bedrooms. The tour guides tell the... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pice of Civil War history you may have missed in school. You can walk over the easter flank of the Battel of Franklin. There is 1492 confederate soldiers buried on this site. There is still blood stained hard wood floors from surgeries preformed during the Battel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were in Nashville and the Carnton Plantation was recommended to us to visit. We had a fantastic tour guide, Rusty, who has found his calling in life. For 60 minutes he regaled us with the exciting history of this property, family, and civil war battle. A must-do for any story lovers. It was exciting to see... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place to visit. You can walk about the grounds for free or pay a small fee for a guided tour of the house. The well kept Confederate cemetery is on the grounds as well. Before the November 30,1864 battle of Franklin, Confederate General Forrest used the house to reconnoiter the Union defensive lines and advised against a frontal assault... More 

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Nashville, TN
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The home was well restored and the tour itself was fairly good. But the tour guide referred to the slave quarters as " servant's quarters". Servants quarters? Of course when a guest asked later she had no choice but to say slave quarters. Then she said the rest of the slaves were sent south for "safe keeping". Really? You would... More 

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