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“Tour guide made the story come alive”
Review of Carter House

Carter House
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #4 of 61 things to do in Franklin
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Carter House was built around 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. By the time of the Civil War it was a large agricultural operation. In the years leading up to the Civil War nearly thirty slaves lived and worked on the farm. The Carter home and property was consumed by the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. One of the Carter sons was mortally wounded during the terrible fighting and died in the house two days after the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and 360 days a year.
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Williamsburg, VA
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95 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Tour guide made the story come alive”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had a wonderful guide who really got into the story and made you feel the terror the Carter family must surely have felt as they huddled in their basement with a battle transpiring overhead. Thank goodness this organization has preserved this historic site.

Visited October 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“A very important part of the Franklin tour.”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

We did the entire "Franklin tour" and this is a must see even though it's not something that knocks your socks off with it's grandness. It's story is a powerful one.

Visited March 2012
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Argyle, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Very interesting buildings to see with battle damage.”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

There are several buildings on this property to see. The story about the individual buildings & house is very interesting, but the battle story is repeated again by the guide that was told by the guide from the Lotz House & Historic Carnton Plantation.
FYI - This tour is around an hour, wear comfortable shoes. There are some area's to sit during the tour, but very limited sitting. No photo's allowed inside the house, but can be taken outside of the buildings & house. The parking is behind the Carter House, down the street a little bit from it. The stairs from the parking lot leading up the hill will take you to the office where you can take the tour.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The docent was great”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We loved the family story and the story of the battle ss told by your knowledgeable docent. We'd like to visit the town and the homes again.

Visited August 2012
Thank Carol C
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Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice house, a lot of battle details”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

House was nice, with bullets in the walls. The young tour guide knew a lot about the house and its surroundings and was able to answer all the questions.

I think the part about eh battle does not have to be so detailed, after 10 minutes, I was lost in all the names and strategies both sides used.

Visited September 2012
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