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Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Great historic site

This is a great place to visit after reading the book "widow of the south " or if you love civil war history. This historical site with guided tour really gives you a sense of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit after reading the book "widow of the south " or if you love civil war history. This historical site with guided tour really gives you a sense of history at that time. The blood stains on the floor make this house more distinguished from other similar historical homes. I debated about doing the... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took this tour on the recommendation of a local. It was worth it. The tour guide was engaging and knowledgable. The grounds are beautiful and the house is full of wonderful history.

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Thank Burmeister
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came to Franklin specifically to see this site after having read "The Widow of the South." It was so familiar to us from that read and yet there was so much more to enjoy here, partly thanks to an excellent tour guide. This was a step back in time!!

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Thank Vicki C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I suggest going early and sitting on the porch and taking in the view. I also recommend doing this last, after the Carter House and the Lotz House. There was another tourist there whom said it was her 4th or 5th time there. I am definitely going back. No pictures. Cell phones off. Also go visit the garden. FYI- There... More 

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Scottsboro, Alabama, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another interesting and beautiful plantation home to visit. I have been here before when they were having the Blue-Gray days in November. If you are around the area during that time be sure and visit here. People are dressed in period clothing and Abe Lincoln was even there. Also there is a confederate cemetery on the property. The story about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So impressive we spent over 2 hours looking over the mansion, hearing the story of the battle of Franklin and checking out the gardens and cemetaries. Our guide was very good, a pleasure to listen to his excellent account of the people and the place. We'd never heard of this battle before the visit and were staggered by the story... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of a weekend in the city with my family. The plantation itself was interesting, but it was rather sad that most of the pieces in the house was not original to the original family. Even sadder was the fact that it had been changed into multiple units in the past--seems horrid to do that to a historical... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my husband and 8 yo daughter to see this. My daughter was bored (so leave the kids at home), but my husband and I enjoyed it. I'm reading "The Widow of The South" which takes place at Carnton (and surrounding areas), and seeing this home and plantation, along with its garden and cemetery has really brought this book... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last stop on our Franklin Civil War trifecta. Don't miss it, full of history and the home is beautiful. Plus the civil war confederate cemetery on the property is interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Along with Carter House & Lotz House, a must see for anyone inetrested in US or Civil War history if you are nearby. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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