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Carter House

1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
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The Carter House was built around 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. By the time of the Civil War it was a large agricultural operation. In the years leading up to the Civil War nearly thirty slaves lived and worked on the farm. The Carter home and property was consumed by the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. One of the Carter sons was mortally wounded during the terrible fighting and died in the house two days after the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and 360 days a year.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to visit the Carter House as it was recommended in our guide and offered a snapshot of local history in the civil war and some unique evidence to the destruction of that conflict with the bullet ridden office. It was a terrible day...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you do nothing else, you must visit here. The house is small and typical of houses during that time frame. What makes it interesting is the battle that took place just yards from the main house. There is a barn still standing with so...More

Thank momo451
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great history that come alive and keeps us aware of the past. Great guide, great knowledge .......... .

Thank daisyrn
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I've been going to the Carter house for years. The tour guides are the best historians around! Cannon ball holes in the back porch say it all! This place was showered with bullets. The men that died there were killed so fast that when they...More

Thank Joliesbucketlist
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to the Carter house and the Lotz house. Loved the knowledge we received at the Lotz house but not so knowledgeable at the Carter house. Also we got a full tour at the Lotz house for $10 and the Carter house was almost...More

1  Thank busyboyproductions
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a much larger property than the Lotz home. The guide breathed and lived the history of the war. She knew so much and is always reading and studying on her own to bring more stories to life. That said, the indepth tour was...More

Thank fairgirl59
Reviewed 1 week ago

great small property with huge horrific history. Our tour guide was top notch-personable and very knowledgeable. Made the house and grounds come alive with story telling. The family story and how they survived the battle is compelling. Just a great Civil War site to see....More

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I always take out of town visitors to the Carter House. It is not a grand plantation but was a farm home that played a central part in the Battle of Franklin near the end of the Civil War. It shows a very good depiction...More

Thank Norma P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Houses the largest private Confederate cemetery in the US and an informative battle walking trail. Spent a fair amount of time reading about the Battle of Franklin and the massive loss of life in this Civil War Battle.

Thank Brooke W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the home and the Battle of Franklin. A visit here helps you get an understanding about that period in our history.

Thank Jenny W
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April 8, 2017|
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Response from MikeMChattanooga | Reviewed this property |
Tickets can be purchased for all three attractions at the first one you visit. Doing that saves you something like $11 per person.