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Review of Carnton Plantation

Carnton Plantation
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #3 of 62 things to do in Franklin
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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“first time visitors”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

Everything was excellent from the tour guide and grounds to the beautiful gardens and gift shop. Would definitely recommend!

Visited October 2012
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Attica, Mi
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“You were there”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The guide was very informative. Made you feel like you could experience what the family went through. Pretty site. Cemetary makes you reflect on what so many sacrificed for an ideal(both sides) and how horrible war is for the combatants and family

Visited September 2012
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Huntsville, Alabama
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35 reviews
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“Worth your Time!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

For anyone who appreciates history, the Carnton Plantation is for you. There is a tour of the home with some origianl pieces from the late 1800s, interesting medical devices, surgical implements, etc. No photos are allowed in the home but the grounds can be photographed as well as the confederate cemetary. The grounds are well kept with a lovely garden to view. The cemetery was awe inspiring to think that many men died just in one battle in Franklin, TN. Take a couple of hours and tour this old beauty, inside and out.

Visited October 2012
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Argyle, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Beautiful house & history to go along with it.”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This house was one of my favorite houses of the 3 houses to tour in Franklin. The house & grounds around it are so pretty. The tour was very interesting & loved to hear the stories of the house & the family took care of the soldiers. The guide did repeat the same battle information that was given at the Carter & Lotz House.
FYI - Wear comfortable shoes, walking outside, inside & upstairs. Tour is at least an hour. No area's to sit down inside. No photo's allowed inside, but can take them outside. When you come to the end of the road, take the long gravel road that is slightly to the right to get to the house.

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

While visiting the Nashville area, we wanted to learn more about the Civil War history. I really enjoyed visiting the Carnton Plantation and the Carter House in Franklin, TN. I love Civil War history and found both to be very informative. We needed about three hours to do both. We also visited the Confederate Cemetary on the grounds of the Carnton Plantation. It was a surreal experience. Learned quite a bit about our nation's history. It peaked my interest in learning more about the Civil War era. Bought the book The Widow of the South at the gift store. Am looking forward to reading this fictional novel and hopefully getting more of an insight into the lives of those living at this plantation.

Visited September 2012
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