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Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, TN 37064
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in...

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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A helpful experience for understanding the Battle of Franklin

This is s great tour. I always take family and friends and everyone enjoys it a lot. Each different guide adds new details so even after 5-6 tours I still hear new stories. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Franklin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is s great tour. I always take family and friends and everyone enjoys it a lot. Each different guide adds new details so even after 5-6 tours I still hear new stories. The confederate cemetery on the property is a must see part of the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What an awe inspiring place! Our tour of the house lasted just over an hour and I could have listened to another hour of the oral history. The tour guide (Jenny I believe) knew her subject matter and connected with the group instantly. Standing in the house as you look out the windows and try to imagine the events of... More 

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Crestview, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour is great for civil war lovers as well as history buffs. You stand in the same spot that hundreds of Civil War soldiers did as they were being treated for their war wounds. You are taken into the room where the surgeries took place removing limbs of the wounded soldiers, the wood floors still badly blood stained. It... More 

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Northfield, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful house and grounds! We did the Behind the Scenes Tour ($10 more per ticket) and I would not recommend it. We got to go in an attic filled with supplies for boy scout troops and the basement, where bleachers from the torn down high school are piled. Not worth it really. The rest of the tour was great and... More 

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Hillsboro, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The "Behind the Scenes" tour of the mansion costs an extra $10 but lasts 30 minutes longer. It is only available Thursday morning. The attic and the basement are basically just storage, but the extra time with the guide was interesting. A trip here is worth doing for the history of the place.

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Auburn, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This plantation home and grounds was a major player in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. You can go into the rooms of the house which has been preserved and restored. In addition to antiques and views into life during the era the house has evidence of it's use as a field hospital during the battle. Upstairs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This house was very significant in the Battle of Franklin. Go and see a piece of history. This house was part of one of the bloodiest battles in American history. Very interesting tour. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent an afternoon here. We visited the gift shop first to purchase the tickets and look around. Then took the tour, walked the gardens, checked out the cemetery. Then went back inside the gift shop to look around again. So much to see & learn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the plantation. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history lesson he was telling. The house and grounds are beautiful and the facts of this location are compelling and thought provoking. We walked away very moved and glad we made the trip. I would not recommend for small children as there are... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very informative, passionate docent. One hour tour of the home and an audio tour of the rest of the plantation. Very interesting history of the battle of Franklin, the family and how they were affected by the war.

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