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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era.The Lotz House, which has been on... more » Owner description: The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era.The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at “the epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, 1864. Join us as we step back into Civil War history. « less
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Tours
Owner description: Not just walking tours, we now offer bicycle tours and rentals too. The ghost tour is our most popular tour, but visitors... more » Owner description: Not just walking tours, we now offer bicycle tours and rentals too. The ghost tour is our most popular tour, but visitors also love hearing about the rich past that lies just beneath the surface of Franklin's quaint Victorian charm. Site of "the most famous battle you've never heard of," according to National Geographic, Franklin's Civil War story will amaze and enlighten you on the most divisive time in American history. Just minutes south of Nashville, Franklin is often cited as one of the most beautiful downtowns in the U.S. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides will make your visit to historic Franklin an unforgettable experience. Our tours include the Classic Franklin city tour, Civil War in Franklin, Grave Matters in the Cemetery, and for fans of evening activities, the Haunted Franklin, Ghosts of the Battlefield at the Lotz House and Murder and Mayhem Tours. Bicycle tours and rentals are available from March-November and our Southern Style food tours allow visitors to savor the flavors of Franklin and enjoy history at the same time. Most tours are available daily by advance reservation; some tours have minimums. Just call and see how flexible and accommodating we can be. « less
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Ranked #3 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; History Museums
This ante-bellum home was the site of a famous Civil War battle and has a museum dedicated to the history of the battle.
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Ranked #4 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock... 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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Ranked #5 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods
Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town.... more » Owner description: Located just a straight shot south from downtown Nashville, quaint downtown Franklin is the perfect sleepy Southern town. Visitors can easily spend a day browsing antique shops and boutiques and dining at one of its many ecelctic restaurants. Downtown Franklin offers an eclectic mix of antique shops, gift and book stores, art galleries and clothing boutiques. Franklin hosts several festivals each year. « less
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Ranked #6 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Cemeteries; Landmarks
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Ranked #7 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #8 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #9 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #10 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Sites; Parks
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Ranked #11 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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Ranked #12 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Farms; Landmarks
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Ranked #13 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Historic Sites; Parks
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Ranked #14 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #15 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #16 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Battlefields; Historic Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #17 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #19 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Equestrian Trails
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Ranked #20 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Art Galleries
The David Arms Gallery at the Barn in Leipers Fork is home to the Nashville artist David Arms.
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Ranked #21 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Dams; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #22 of 24 attractions in Franklin
Category: Museums
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Category: Libraries; Specialty Shops
Owner description: Built in 1808, this building is known as The Old Factory Store and has had visitors such as Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and... more » Owner description: Built in 1808, this building is known as The Old Factory Store and has had visitors such as Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. The bookstore has great hard to find and rare books. It also has a children's reading room. « less
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