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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
Description: A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built...
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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This was a very good tour of the Carnton House and our own self-guided tour of the cemetery and the surrounding grounds. I can imagine that a visit with a little warmer weather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2013
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Peoria, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

This was a very good tour of the Carnton House and our own self-guided tour of the cemetery and the surrounding grounds. I can imagine that a visit with a little warmer weather would be very pleasant, especially the garden area. We used a discounted ticket (for Lotz, Carter and Carnton) that is available from the visitors center in downtown... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This advertises it is a plantation but really it is a house that was used as a hospital in the war. The guide seemed very knowledgeable and informed. There is a lot of history here and enjoyed the tour very much

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

The folks at historic Carnton plantation do a spectacular job of describing life in the South. Having been a field hospital after the important and vicious battle of Franklin, they have quite the story to tell. They have a nice little museum with a helpful film, but it is the tour of the house that steals the show. If you... More 

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Ririe, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Take a step back in time. The tour was incredibly informative and puts you and your mind right where history was made. Our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge. Take the time, it is a must see on your Nashville visit.

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Marietta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We really enjoyed visiting here. My husband is a civil war buff. There were lots of stories about the owners of the house. But we were all standing for a very long time in various rooms listening to the stories. I think it could be a little shorter than one hour. We are very glad we were able to visit... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We traveled to Franklin, Tennessee because my spouse is a Civil War History fan. Specifically her great great grandfather fought in the Battle of Franklin as well as other battles. We have seen 12-14 battlefields. The insights gathered at these sights are phenomenal. What marvelous examples as to why you should avoid war at all costs. The battle of Franklin... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

This is a must-see attraction! Myself being a Civil War buff made it especially interesting, but even the most casual history student will find this home fascinating. The house is beautiful, the story is compelling, and the blood-stained floors are an eerie reminder of the price that was paid to preserve our nation. Now for the good stuff... this place... More 

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Decatur, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Great story and worth the trip. A bit pricey to me at$15 a head especially in the winter whee all you can really do is visit the house. The confederate graveyard is free would. Recommend that.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Carnton Plantation and the Lotz House, significant historic sites around one of the bloodiest Civil War battles, are very well maintained and extremely interesting glimpses into this awful chapter. The guides are so informative and really made everything come alive for us. Carnton House became a hospital for about five months and the kids were horrified (but in an excited... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We visited this plantation during a trip to Nashville in November. The tour of the home was wonderful and our docent was great, giving much incite into the role this home and grounds played in the Civil War. The book Widow of the South is about this home and burial ground. I would highly recommend this attraction.

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Franklin

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