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“truly historic” 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 #5 of 24 Attractions in Franklin
Type: Historic Sites
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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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Annapolis, MD
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“truly historic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The house is terrific. The grounds, especially the cemetery, are lovely. And the commentary by the docent, very interesting. Who knew that the bloodiest battle of the Civil War in terms of casualties per hour took place in the front yard? And the only marks on the house are the bloodstains on the floors when it was turned into a battlefield hospital. Well worth the visit.

Visited August 2014
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“Great Civil War era plantation house”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited Franklin in June and chose this house of the 3 main tour homes because it included the Confederate Cemetery. Excellent tour guide gave lots of information about each of the rooms in the house and the family that lived there. He also explained about the events of the Battle of Franklin that took place right near their own backyard. The grounds and house were used as a field hospital after the battle, leaving bloodstains that are still visible today in some of the rooms. The Confederate Cemetery, established by the McGavock family who lived in the house, contains the graves of nearly 1500 confederate dead from the Battle of Franklin. There are a couple of smaller outbuildings as well as a garden on the grounds. The gift shop also contains a small museum. Overall a great way to spend a few hours and learn about the civilian point of view of the Civil War.

Visited June 2014
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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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“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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