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“For Civil War Buffs” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Historic Carnton Plantation

Historic Carnton Plantation
1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
+1 615-794-0903
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Ranked #5 of 20 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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 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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Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
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“For Civil War Buffs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

A Plantation home converted to a hospital during the Battle of Franklin. Scene of the historical fiction novel, "Widow of the South". Rumored to be haunted. Don't forget to visit the cemetery.

Visited March 2012
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Evansville, Indiana
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“The Widow of the South Brought to Life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

When visiting Franklin a couple of years ago, we were told about the Battle of Franklin and the book " The Widow of the South." Since we did not have the time to tour Carnton Plantation at that time, I made it a point to read the novel and return to Franklin for a tour. So glad we did! Although most of the book is fiction, the premise of what took place during the battle of Franklin to this historic home was factual. Beth, our tour guide, did an excellent job of making the family and history come alive once again. From the blood stained floors to the surgical implements to the actual cemetery itself, our tour was well worth the time. Highly recommend a visit if you are in the Franklin area.

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“Richly steeped in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

This plantation tour is fascinating - to be able to see the blood still in the floor from its days as a field hospital during the Civil War is amazing. Worth every minute & every cent.

Visited June 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Better and Better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Each time I visit Carnton, I find that the facility is improved and the offerings for the public continue to move towards excellence. I recently took 100 teenagers to the plantation for their annual 'Blue and Gray' day. It was outstanding in every way and my students were engaged the entire time we were there. The tour guides in the home were especially outstanding.

Visited November 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
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“Must See”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are a history buff, this is a must see. They spend a lot of time talking about the period and the people and focus less on the battle of Franklin (if you want a battle of Franklin experience, Carter House is great). Most of the guides are great, though some stretch the truth (makes for an exciting tour, but annoys historians). Carnton and Carter House are both must see history destinations in Franklin.

Visited June 2012
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