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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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Must see if you read The Widow of the South

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Northfield, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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 3 days ago NEW 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 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a few options for tours. We didn't have time to take a guided tour, so we opted for the self tour. By no means were we disappointed! I know we would have gotten more historical information on a guided tour, but they gave us a map with great information that explained the buildings as well as informative signage.... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We randomly ended up here and were able to get on the last tour of the day. Glad we did. This was a great and very informative tour. We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable and had a very obvious enthusiasm for the history of this place. Definitely worth the short drive from Nashville to check this... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been on this tour a handful of time and I learn something new each time I go back. It's #1 on my list to recommend to people visiting the Nashville area. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the history of the property. I have purchased multiple books from the gift shop and all have been... More 

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