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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 enslaved people...more
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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great tour that was included with the Lotz House and Carter house. We learned a lot about the battle of Franklin and this house was also used for a hospital. Tour of house, gardens, and welcome center with video and cemetery.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Iloveoldhousetours
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful visit to Carnton. Having toured many, many historical sites through out my years, I found our tour guide to be one of the best. The tour included not only the history of the house and grounds, but also stories of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ditto416
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Leah was very knowledgeable and even quoted words from books and soldiers. Worth going to see the burial place of the soldiers after the battle. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Safari17172841363
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great historical property to visit. The tour guide is what makes this special as you hear the story of how a Civil War battle unexpectedly broke out at the McGavock family property and their house converted to a makeshift hospital (as did many buildings in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kelly J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Carnton on a combination tour with two other sites from the Battle of Franklin. The experience was incredible. So much history occurred at these sites during a battle that many never knew happened. If you are looking for some interesting Civil War...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MaggiL14
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The plantation is beautiful. When you take this tour plus the Lotz home and the Carter House in Franklin you begin to understand the Civil War in this area of Tennessee. The house was in the middle of a battle and the many casualties were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jdck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our docent told us all about the battle of Franklin and the Carnton family, bringing that fateful night it to life. The house was a battlefield hospital and the family were heroic. The confederate graveyard helps you to understand the incredible loss of life in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank theatregoer2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This house was extraordinary the way they have recreated this house to it's former days. The history of what happened here was very well told. It was dark when we left, so no time to explore the grounds, but it looked like a lot more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Lynne B
Reviewed November 7, 2018

This is a very historic house and is a MUST if you visit Franklin. It it odd to stand n the very place that was on a battefield and had 6 dead Confederate generals laying on the porch. Some floors have permanent blood stains. the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Ed C
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Beautiful home and grounds! Our tour guide was excellent! The history is captivating. After touring the home, grounds and cemetery, it made me want to learn more about the family and all those who were affected by the battle in Franklin.

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 20, 2017|
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Response from EricJacobson | Property representative |
Hi, You can indeed purchase the Value Ticket at any of the three sites. There is also a Combination Ticket for just Carter House and Carnton. Thanks.
LaDonna P
August 1, 2017|
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Response from JudsonK_13 | Reviewed this property |
Above days and times correct. Major holidays include New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Also, the last tour begins at 4 p.m.
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
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Passing Through Franklin (6 Replies)
My family and I will be passing through on our way to Pigeon Forge for our vacation. I want to stop at Franklin and purchase the combination ticket for the Lotz House, Carnton Plantation, and the Carter House. How much time should I plan to spend on these sites?
June 03, 2012|
Response fromgeorge00|
I don't know if i'm too late, but I can only speak for the carnton Plantation. The tour of the house was guided and was approximately 75 minutes. I spent another 20-30 minutes wandering the grounds, cemetary, etc.
Athens, Georgia
History of Carter House? (12 Replies)
I've visited Carnton Plantation and plan to again in early October. In reading Franklin posts, I've seen several mentions of the Carter House. I know nothing about it. Pardon my ignorance, but what's its history and why would I like to visit it?
August 28, 2007|
Response fromWheelsaturning|
Never mind an answer...I looked up the Carter House on the Web and got the information I wanted. It's definitely a stop on our intinerary. This is the first time i've ever failed to receive a reply on a post to Trip Advisor. Maybe better luck for me next time.......
Springdale, Arkansas
How many days to see everything in Franklin? (3 Replies)
We are planning to be in Franklin on a Saturday night, and hope to see Carnton, Carter House, and Lotz House. Also hope to find some shops open in Leiper's Fork on Sunday. Only thing we want to do in Nashville is "play" the Escape Game and maybe eat BBQ and see the Parthenon at night. If shopping is Sunday, can all 3 homes be seen in one day for Monday's schedule? We'd also like to see Belle Meade and possibly The Hermitage. Can you see the Hermitage without taking all day? Will we be...More
September 21, 2014|
Response fromDoug W|
IMO, yes. Read up on Carnton and Carter House before your trip and you'll appreciate the tours more. When coming into the West End from Franklin, stop for breakfast or lunch at Loveless Cafe for home cooking.