Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 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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  • Vincent C
    Clayton, North Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A House Tour You Will Learn From and Enjoy
    We toured several historic houses in Franklin. The Lotz House was one of our favorites. Seth, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Our group had people of various ages from different parts of the country (including one man from Italy) and Seth was able to relate to all of us. The tour was not only interesting, it was fun!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Donna C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    Loved everything about the tour. Chuck was our tour guide and was excellent. Has quite a lot of story's to tell about the Family, house, and the Civil War that happened outside (and inside) the door of the house. He even recommended other places to visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Alisa K
    Bountiful, Utah14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lotz House-great Civil War History
    Enjoyed a day trip to Franklin Tennessee. If you like quaint old towns and civil war history, this is the place for you. Lotz House was great. Seth, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Would definitely recommend a stop by. Plan on about an hour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Eric G
    Utah578 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Civil War House Tour
    Lotz was an architect who built his dream home prior to the Civil War. The house sustained extensive damage during the Battle of Franklin. The guided tour was very interesting and well worth an hour. The guide was animated and extremely knowledgable.
    Visited December 2022
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Co
    Vernon Hills, Illinois2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Guide; Compelling History
    JT is a compelling historical storyteller. He brings to life the people and the times of the Lotz family during the time of the Battle of Franklin, before and after. We very much enjoyed our visit and highly recommend spending an hour for the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Doug M
    Brentwood, Tennessee2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive tour
    Wonderful tour with J.T. ! Lived in Nashville over 25 years and popped in on a spur of the moment while in Franklin. Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour guide. Great to have an understanding of what this home was during the Battle of Franklin and to see it still standing today! Thanks J.T. !
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Lori R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this incredible house and family!
    JT was so passionate and informative about the home and had such a depth of knowledge of the family! He shared the information with such enthusiasm that we left feeling like we knew the family. The stories he shared were just incredible! We would highly recommend visiting the house.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Bill A
    Edmond, Oklahoma1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lotz House Civil War Museum - Chuck is the best
    Chuck was a great tour guide with a wealth of information, more than we could have expected anywhere else. He made the experience a great one! Chuck is a great teacher and tries to connect the story that he's telling to where you are from or your background so he gets to know you and relates that to the civil war.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Donna H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding experience
    Our hiking club visited the Lotz House in Franklin today. We had an amazing tour with our guide, Kelly Kautzman. She is very knowledgeable and kept us quite entertained with her stories about the battle of Franklin, the Lotz family, and the house itself. I had no idea of the history of this place! I would strongly recommend it for anyone interested in the Civil War and Tennessee’s role in it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Jodi V
    Orlando, Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour guide made an interesting visit amazing.
    The Lotz House tour was full of surprises. We learned about carpentry, a renowned artist for her time, and most fascinating of all was how the battle of Franklin affected the 700 residents of the community. Tour guide Kelli showed her expertise in the subject matter. She kept three children involved in a tour that could have been boring. Thanks Kelli for providing a great experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
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Robert Q
Clinton, TN18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
This past November, I visited Franklin for the 158th Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Franklin. I made reservations through the Lotz House Museum for the Women’s History tour Tuesday night at the house and the Walking tour Wednesday morning of the battlefield.
For the Women’s History tour, Kelly was the tour guide and gave an EXCELLENT talk on both the women of the Lotz House as well as other local women and civilians along with their experiences. It was very informative on an often overlooked segment of the Civil War. She is very knowledgeable and a great resource.
For the Walking tour, renowned historian Thomas Cartwright led us through the streets of Franklin recreating the solemn events of the battle by quoting diaries and stories of both generals and privates. It was very moving and he really brought it to life.
Later that day, I got an unexpected surprise as they had a memorial illumination ceremony with Kelly, Thomas, as well as Chuck, Seth and Jonathan (Lotz House staff) giving their personal stories on what that day and battle means to them. I can’t speak highly enough on the staff at Lotz House!
Written December 11, 2022
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Jacquelyn R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The Lotz House (now a museum) was damaged and nearly destroyed during the horrendous Battle of Franklin. This museum holds many artifacts from the battlefield, many taken from the yard around the house. The history is fascinating and our tour guide, Seth, had more than a casual knowledge of the history of the home, the Battle of Franklin, and events of the Civil War. No matter how obscure our questions, he knew the answer. This is a must-see, along with the Carter House and Carnton Plantation.
Written July 1, 2020
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Thank you so much for your visit to the Lotz House. We greatly appreciate your kind words. Please know you are always welcomed at the Lotz House and we hope you will visit us again when you schedule allows. Also, please tell your friends and family to come see us! We would be most grateful!
Written July 25, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alice
Atlanta, GA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very nice people at this tour yesterday. They were nice enough to let my boyfriend and me join an existing tour that has just started and said that we could take care of paying for the tour at the end. I tried to pay 2 times before the end, but they said they would take care of it at the end. That’s what we call true southern hospitality. Since I live just 20 minutes away, I will be glad to recommend this tour to visitors and other locals who are curious about the Battle of Franklin and historical homes in the area. Our tour guide was nice and friendly and tried to make everyone feel included. I believe his name was Seth.
Very reasonable price for the tour at $12 per person.
Written July 4, 2021
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Patrick M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I live in Franklin and have read up on the battle, but I still learned a bunch of new stuff from our tour guide Chuck, a kind soul of a man, clearly informed on local history. It was great to connect the house, the Lotz family and an oral history of the battle into what in the end was a very powerful story about the profound loss and tragedy of war. But probably the best part of the tour were the original paintings the daughter, Matilda, who was 6 at the time of the battle and went on to be an internationally renown painter known for portraits.

Ignore the ghost hunting TV shows regarding the Lotz house. You need to go see it.
Written October 30, 2021
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Amy B
Sacramento, CA153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The tour guides are very entertaining with their story telling. The items in the museum are nicely displayed and labeled, but the “labels” are just printed on card stock and in many cases the card stock has warped over time so they are flopped over and difficult to read. Regardless, it was an enjoyable tour. Much of the house’s furnishings are absolutely stunning!
Written September 21, 2021
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Melissa B
Woodstock, GA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Seth was our tour guide on what ended up being a private tour (as another group had recently started their tour). Seth was an absolute gem! Incredibly knowledgeable and able to answer the numerous questions we threw at him. Worth every penny of admittance! The house has some original pieces, but it is beautifully furnished to reflect the times and what it might have held/looked like. Prior to beginning our tour, we were able to look at artifacts from the Civil War in museum-like display cases. We were looking for something to fill our time on our journey from Nashville to Huntsville, and the Lotz House did not disappoint. We spent about one hour there and it was plenty of time to take in everything.

Note: photos are not allowed inside the house. My only suggestion would be that the gift shop start selling postcards featuring artifacts from and inside the house. Because we couldn’t take pictures, I’d love to have a little something for my scrapbook!

Written October 8, 2020
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Thank you so much for your visit to the Lotz House. We greatly appreciate your kind words. Please know you are always welcomed at the Lotz House and we hope you will visit us again when you schedule allows. Also, please tell your friends and family to come see us! We would be most grateful!
Written November 9, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

saustin111
Katy, TX147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
My wife and I went to all three Civil War sites in one day - Lotz House, Carter House, and Carnton Plantation. TA ranks Lotz the #1 attraction in Franklin...I would rank it #3 out of those three sites. It was fascinating for sure and Seth was an amazing tour guide, but the other two sites are simply more important and interesting historically. Doing all three was great bc each added an important piece of the puzzle.
Written November 23, 2020
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Thank you so much for your visit to the Lotz House. Please know you are always welcomed at the Lotz House and we hope you will visit us again when you schedule allows.
Written November 28, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JKCrowley
Phelan, CA231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The tour of the Lotz family home was very educational and enjoyable. The guide we had, SETH, made the tour and the experience. He offered very good, knowledgeable and detailed explanations and stories of the Lotz family and there life's as a middle class American immigrants. Seth was able to answer most of the additional questions asked by those on the tour but was also will to say he did know know the answer to some obscure questions presented. Do miss this one.
Written September 23, 2021
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DPC
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We were so excited for this visit but left severely disappointed. The group tour sizes were way too large as not everyone could even fit in the rooms to hear the guide speak. The guide was dismissive and rude to the children in the group and loved to talk about herself, how much the ghosts care for her, how she was part of the ghosts’ family in another life, how a psychic told her things, etc. The tour was repetitive and very minimal information was given or known about the house and the items inside. Tour was estimated to last 90 minutes but went well over 2 hours. Definitely not worth the time. She could have gotten all the information she shared across in 30 minutes.
Written July 1, 2023
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PamperMe67
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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