Lotz House Museum

Lotz House Museum, Franklin: Hours, Address, Lotz House Museum Reviews: 5/5

Lotz House Museum
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Historic Sites • Battlefields • History Museums
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era. The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at “the epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The House was the most heavily damaged structure on the Franklin battlefield. Walk in to witness the damage from the cannon balls that crash through the house and numerous bloodstains on all the floors. Plus on this tour, your will learn about the family, the Master Wood Worker who built the home by himself, how the family survived and how the bloody battle affected them for the balance of their lives! Reservation are not required for Guided tours of the historic home. In addition, walking battlefield tours and an archeological tours are also available, but please call for reservations. Please join us as we step back into Civil War history.
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lesliebauman
Kirkland, WA912 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We walked in when the tour was just getting started so timing was perfect. The tour lasts about an hour and focuses on the Lotz family and their experience with one of the bloodiest battles of the civil war. Chuck was great in pointing out the family virtues and it was one talented family. Amazing how much the family moved around for the mid 19th century.

Focus on the woodwork, the portraits and the china. There are many details in this house that Chuck pointed out that we’re quite fascinating. Worth a trip to Franklin to hear this story.
Written May 27, 2022
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Rebecca H
5 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Seth was our guide and he was great. The story of the battle of Franklin and the house and the Lotz family was very interesting. I can not imagine the fear during the battle and the aftermath of 8,000 soldiers dead. Highly recommend this tour and house.
Written May 25, 2022
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lisa t
4 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Chuck was a great guide. Funny. Knowledgeable. Spoke of the house as if we were back at the battle. A joy. Great story teller.
Grateful this house has been restored.
We have a 12 and 17 year old. They enjoyed tour. Were with 8/10 year olds who also enjoyed it. Chuck finds out about the audience and uses the information to make the tour personal. Would love to have him as a guide for all the places we go. You will enjoy!
Written May 23, 2022
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PamperMe67
3 contributions
May 2022
We did the Lotz House Museum’s guided tour with Seth, who was fantastically knowledgeable about everything related to this house, well spoken and easy to listen to. He truly knows his history when it comes to the horrific Civil War battle that raged inside and outside this house during November 30, 1864. He shared stories and historical facts about this battle and the people involved in it during this famous battle.

He is super friendly, engaging and has a talent for making everyone feel welcome and comfortable enough where they want to ask lots of questions. Really good interaction with everyone on the tour.

This would be an especially good stop for a Civil War buff, but even if you are not, taking this tour was definitely worth your time. A plus, they honor Vets by offering military discounts on guided tour tickets for you and your spouse, just be sure to ask for it.
Written May 19, 2022
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nanaof10
Anderson, IN42 contributions
May 2022
Our guide was outstanding. Her name was Kelly Kautzman, so if you go try to get her. Very informative.
Written May 18, 2022
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Ford W
Edmonton, Canada55 contributions
Apr 2022
We took this tour in Apr 2022. Thomas Cartwright, a civil war aficionado, gave us a very detailed, rousing, enthusiastic (this would be an understatement) and even graphic description of the Battle of Franklin happening outside the house as well as pointing out things in the house. Lots of information and stories. There is a lot of antiques and civil war artifacts in the house to look at. Tom talked so fast that I being a bit hard of hearing found it hard to keep up but it understand that it would be hard for Tom to curb his enthusiasm as he made us feel like we were right there. The Lotz House is well worth the visit and a great tour.
Written May 5, 2022
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Tour246708
4 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I left the tour early, I couldn’t take our guide Tom’s constant animated talk about the Civil War. He was definitely not over it. He’d get off topic and ramble about the dead bodies and smell. I learned very little about the house and antiques. I get it, a lot of lives were lost but so was every other war and 9/11 for that matter. I’m sorry I subjected my family members to this waste of time. Apparently it’s true what is said, some people are still fighting the Civil War and being a Northerner, I feel judged.
Written May 4, 2022
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Cristafolo C
Dublin23 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
This house is a treat, chock full of consequential history. The house reveals blood stains and bullet holes from the battle of Franklin, in addition to exquisite paintings and porcelain and furniture. Chuck may be the finest tour guide out there. He was engaging and entertaining and informative. America needs more of these historical experiences. Go visit.
Written May 2, 2022
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ErikB369
6 contributions
Apr 2022
The tour guide we had made this attraction well worth it (sorry I don't recall his name but he's also a Civil War reenactor). It was nice to visit a "middle-class" home of the time and hear about their struggles during those dark times.
Written May 1, 2022
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Jenei A
34 contributions
Apr 2022
The Lotz House Museum is an excellent tour! Highly recommended to those visiting. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide was Mr. Chuck Byrn and he was very entertaining, entwining humor with facts while still being very educational. Great job to the staff and to Mr. J.T. Thompson for an amazing house tour!
Written April 24, 2022
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Lotz House Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Tue 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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