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Historic Carnton Plantation

1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
+1 615-794-0903
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Ranked #5 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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Escondido, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

My suggestion....read up on the battle of Franklin, TN...THEN visit this historic site. Incredible what went on in such a short period of time. Admission is a bit pricey....and the tour guide recited like a robot....but we enjoyed it.

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The grounds are beautiful to see and the antiques are amazing. The tour guide was awesome and the stories flowed from one room to the next. Even though it was a dreary and damp day, the sights are one that can be seen and enjoyed.

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Hemphill, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This was a great experience, learned that this home was a hospital during the Civil War. Blood stains can still be seen on the floors. Guide was very information about the battle and the family. Was surprised to learn the details of the cemetery. Highly recommend this tour.

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Boston, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Kudos to Leah, our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable. One of the best tour guides I've ever had. Leah really brought the house to life and gave us details in every room, right down to the place settings in the dining room. I would recommend the Carnton Plantation tour to anyone.

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Melbourne, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A relly interesting house so full of history even before the civil war arrived on its door step.The tour of the house was well done and the guide full of information about the house and family. Lovely grounds and gaeden to walk through as well a enjoyable afternoon's visit

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Salem, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Carnton Plantation is adjacent to McGavock Cemetery. We toured the home and property. The house tour is guided with a single docent taking the group from room to room to tell about the McGavock family and their part of the War Between the States. The home served as a hospital during and after the Battle of Franklin. The cemetery has... More

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting! Truly unbelievable how this family turned their home into a hospital to over 300 dying and wounded soldiers!( still blood stains on floors).. Insightful to see what people had to go through during this period of our history:(.. Be sure to walk through cemetery too!

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Delmar NY
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Read the book : Widow of the South by John Hix before you go here. The epicenter of the battle of Franklin and a field hospital after the battle.

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Leeds
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Knowledgable guide, who spoke engagingly about the plantation's role in the civil war. It's a small place with an English-style garden. It won't take you long to go round but it's a nice little outing.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If visitors only want to go to one of the history tours in town, this is the one I send them to. The guides are awesome and the home really has a fascinating history.

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