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“Special Exhibit is a Must See” 5 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 #6 of 54 Attractions in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Nashville
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“Special Exhibit is a Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The visitor center is featuring an exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. It has an extraordinary collection of artifacts and an excellent overview of what happened that day in 1864. My favorite artifact was a collar belonging to Harvey, a Pit Bull who was part of the 104th Ohio regiment - and a survivor of the Battle of Franklin. A must see!!

Visited August 2014
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited and enjoyed the experience. I think the museum ticket price is not included in the plantation ticket price.

Visited August 2014
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Kansas City, Kansas
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“Must do tour! Beautiful home and wonderful guides!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This tour was my favorite out of the 3 Franklin tours (Lotz House and Carter House)! The grounds and house were beautiful! Our tour guide was able to answer any and all questions and was extremely knowledgeable! It is very neat to learn about all the history the house and family there had seen. IT also ties in nicely with the Civil War story heard at the Carter House. Would highly recommend this tour!

Visited July 2014
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Carstairs, Canada
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“very good tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Did trio of Lotz and Carter houses and the Carnton plantation. Tourguide at Carnton very knowledgeable, and site is well layed out and accurate to past. Hard not to be moved by evidence of aftermath of a terrible battle, good washroom, gift shop and water available - vital on hot days walking to cemetery.

Visited August 2014
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“Must See.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the time and money. An important of American history everyone should experience. Go and you will not regret it.

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