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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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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We had a great visit and it was the best attraction that we went to in the Nashville area including the Hermitage. The tour guide made us feel like we were going thru part of the battle with the family. He made me feel like I was seeing all the troops going by my house and had all the commotion... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Tour guide walks you through the history and bloodstained floors. Blood Battle of Franklin turned this house into a makeshift hospital and eventual Confederate cemetery. Not quite as good as The Hermitage, but worth the visit nonetheless.

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Port Saint Joe, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Enjoyed hearing about the plantation. Our Guide was well informed and courteous. Found the history very interesting and felt the confederate cemetery was very well cared for.

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Fishers, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The tour guide was awesome. I believe her name was Leah. One of the best tour guides I have encountered around the world. I was much more interested in the history of the house, the people who lived there, the Battle of Franklin, and house's role in the Battle, rather than learning about how people lived 200 years ago. You... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Over the years, I have seen this mansion restored to its Civil War era splendor. They just opened the Eastern Flank Battlefield entrance which makes it very easy to access the grounds. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the house, its history and the history of its owners and inhabitants. The Carnton mansion's place in the Battle of Franklin... More

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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I am still thinking about this tour one week after taking it. The guide did a wonderful job in explaining about the significance of the "Battle of Franklin" and how the house was turned into a makeshift hospital ( with blood stained floors as proof). I highly recommend this tour for anyone with an interest in American History; it is... More

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Canton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

An absolute must stop for any trip to Franklin!! Carnton Plantation was amazing. Beautifully restored accurate to the owners at the time of the Battle of Franklin. Our tour guide knew the plantation, it's history, the family and Carnton's role in history very well. She answered questions well and made the history come alive so much it even kept my... More

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Annapolis, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The house is terrific. The grounds, especially the cemetery, are lovely. And the commentary by the docent, very interesting. Who knew that the bloodiest battle of the Civil War in terms of casualties per hour took place in the front yard? And the only marks on the house are the bloodstains on the floors when it was turned into a... More

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Missouri
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited Franklin in June and chose this house of the 3 main tour homes because it included the Confederate Cemetery. Excellent tour guide gave lots of information about each of the rooms in the house and the family that lived there. He also explained about the events of the Battle of Franklin that took place right near their own... More

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Nashville
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The visitor center is featuring an exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. It has an extraordinary collection of artifacts and an excellent overview of what happened that day in 1864. My favorite artifact was a collar belonging to Harvey, a Pit Bull who was part of the 104th Ohio regiment - and a survivor of... More

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