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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock and it was a large working farm. Over forty slaves lived and worked at Carnton in the years leading up to the Civil War. 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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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed this tour. It was greatly informative in a short period of time. ( 1hr.) The only drawback was they allowed people to continuously join the group so that was a little distracting. The guide gave vivid and acurate information about The Battle of...More

Thank SaundraPlover
Reviewed 3 days ago

Any Civil War history buff will love this wonderful old home, but also people who love antiques. There is a beautiful walled garden.

Thank dwayne t
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A gracious mansion that predates the Civil War. It has a history of farm life of the period. It's geographic location unwittingly put it in the path of fierce fighting. It's use as a hospital in an attempt to save lives of all soldiers regardless...More

Thank Joyce M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped in Franklin, TN not really knowing what was available to see or do. We decided to do a Civil War tour. The Carnton Plantation and Confederate Cemetery is about 2 miles from the other 2 sites of our day tour. It became a...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are a history buff, this really is a must see...Remarkable! So amazing to take a step back in time.

Thank Snowbird564
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Civil War history of this house exemplifies the supreme sacrifice of the both the soldiers and civilians of this terrible time in our history. The war came upon this family and they turned over their house to the care of the wounded and dying....More

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Beautiful estate. Knowledgeable guide. Beautiful gardens. People were getting ready for a wedding. Clean bathrooms. Air conditioned which was welcomed since it was July in the south. Grave site for Civil War soldiers. Some original artifacts from the family who lived there.

Thank Michelle D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited this plantation in Franklin as the first in a series of places to tour with Civil War history. We bought the value ticket for 35.00 that included Lotz House and Carter House. All three of these sites have ties to the Battle of...More

Thank Schisler1978
Reviewed 6 days ago

Tours can be crowded. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told several stories about the family. Upstairs, you can see the blood stains on the floor from when the house was commandeered as a field hospital during the battle of Franklin. While the tour...More

Thank offandabout
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a plantation tour. They are slowly removing the word "Plantation" from their tour/advertising and replacing it with farm (for PC). The owner had 44 slaves managing his estate and fields. (PS The Carter House had a cotton gin that was very successful.) The...More

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Katie G
May 24, 2017|
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Response from Wayland L | Reviewed this property |
I can't say for sure since our hosts paid for our tickets. I know you must have a ticket to enter the plantation house, but I think you can walk around the grounds (gardens and cemeteries) without purchasing a ticket since... More
Alison T
April 14, 2017|
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Response from schultee | Reviewed this property |
To be honest my kids were bored at all three houses, 7 and 9. It was more of an adult thing. The best house/tour was the carter house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
April 4, 2017|
Response from EricJacobson | Property representative |
Hi, the price for children aged 6-15 is $8 per child. Thanks.