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“Interesting” 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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Madrid, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This was interesting, but in my opinion the lesser of the 3 historical sites in Franklin. Maybe it was because we went to the other 2 first and were tired by the time we got to this one, though. Amazing to see the blood stains still in the floors from when it was turned into a make-shift hospital.

Visited June 2013
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St. Louis, MO
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“Highly recommend for history buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely loved this site. Our tour guide was amazing & really made history come alive. Very fascinating with plenty to see. Site of the bloodiest 5 hours of the civil war and the largest private confederate cemetery. If you're in the Nashville area, set aside about 2 - 3 hours. You won't regret it.

Visited June 2013
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Jackson, Minnesota
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“Great Historical Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This place was amazing! The stories about the plantation were so interesting that I bought the book Widow of the South. Makes it easier to read the book when you have seen what the book is about.

Visited July 2013
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“Informative and beautiful location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Lots of civil war and plantation history. Very nice, well preserved home including cemetery. The story of the civil war wife who aided the injured was interesting. Gives you an understanding of the human cost of the war on both sides.

Visited May 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
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“Civil war battle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

With the field where the battle was fought,the Carnton home and the grave sites all right together was really nice. So many unknown soldiers buried at this location.

Visited July 2013
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