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“Great perspective of Civil war life.”
Review of Carter House

Carter House
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #4 of 63 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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Clearwater, Florida
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40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great perspective of Civil war life.”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

A look at the personal lives of a family living at the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the war of Northern Aggression in Tennessee. Emphasizes how little the Constitution meant to that administration with the blatant disregard for the 4th and 10th amendments.

Visited December 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Local "Damn Yankee's" opinion”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

I moved to Franklin from Michigan 5 years ago. Franklin is a truly welcoming city. The Carter House probably gives you the best perspective of the Battle of Franklin, why it happened and the importance of the Carter House in the battle. If you enjoy the "War of Northern Aggression" you won't want to miss this attraction. Our Guide was truly informative and really interested in imparting historic information. The Lotz
House is almost across the street and is a great add on to The Carter House.

Visited December 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee
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149 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Amazing history packed in a small lot!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The Carter House is the spot where Civil War’s battle of Franklin happened. When getting there, you have the option to purchase tickets for two different properties (the Carter House and Carnton Plantation) as well as touring with a guide the entire battlefield (throughout Franklin, only at certain days and times, as indicated on the Battle of Franklin Trust website). Due to time, we only purchased tickets to the Carter House (note that the property can only be visited with a guide, so a time is giving to you when you purchase tickets. It might not be the next tour, depending on how crowded they are.) While waiting for the tour time, we wandered around the property, which is done fairly fast if you stay around the house. We also watched the “parade” of ongoing tours. But once the tour begins, the history that we are told is very interesting, whether or not you are a Civil War scholar. The only possible downside, which was our case, is that the house is fairly small and there is a lot of “tales” in each room, leading to long time standing up. In addition, if it’s hard for you to listen/understand, it makes for an even longer time, as the main feature of the tour is really the (hi)story told. But if you want to learn how Franklin got on the Civil War map, the Carter House is a recommended spot!

Visited May 2013
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Traverse City, Michigan
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

If you can get Carrie as your tour guide you will be caught up in history! She really made the history personal and interesting. The Visitors Center was right about this stop!

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Newburgh, IN
Level 6 Contributor
296 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“A must see if in Franklin”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

I have been here three times over past 15 years and while I enjoyed my first visit, they are always improving so subsequent visits have been better. The Franklin Trust continues to work to preserve the history of Franklin and the Carter House site. An important site if you are visiting Franklin and want to know more about the Civil War Battle of Franklin. I highly recommend it.

Visited November 2013
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