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“Civil Was History”
Review of Carnton

Carnton
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$69.00*
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #2 of 66 things to do in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence
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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 was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock and it was a large working farm. Over forty slaves lived and worked at Carnton in the years leading up to the Civil War. 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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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Our group was very interested in learning about the Civil Was history and how the plantation played a part on that terrible day. The manor has been restored to represent the era. You can almost feel the presence of the wounded ... there are still blood stains in the wooden floor boards. What we didn't like ... unfortunately, we arrived on a day that was very hectic for the personnel so we had to leave and then return at a later time that day. We had to do a lot of back and forth driving in a busy town.

Thank SHARON P
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The family woke one morning to find the Confederate Army moving through the plantation. The owner recognized a childhood friend who was now a Confederate doctor. The Battle of Franklin basically started right there and the home was used as a Confederate hospital. The home has been restored to the 1840's period and includes several of the owners personal effects.

Thank Cruisefan0110
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Our tour guide was a passionate and very well educated man who brought the story of the McGavock family and Carnton to life. If teachers of history were as interesting and engaging as our tour guide I trust many more students would pursue an education in history. We throughly enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend it if you are in the area.

Thank lillious
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We were treated to a wonderful tour by our guide Jenny. She made the old home come alive for us and her passion was contagious. We highly recommend visiting Carnton Plantation.

Thank Hill105
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I visited Carnton Plantation a few days ago as part of a self-directed tour of Civil War Battle sites in the Western Theater. There was something in the place for everyone. Whether you are interested in period decor, the battle itself, or simply getting in touch with history, I can recommend Carnton to anyone in the Franklin-Nashville area. The administration and tour rival the quite excellent National Military Parks commemorating other major battles in Georgia and Tennessee. IBy contrast the plantation preservation and presentation is the initiative of Franklin and Williamson County people and is all the more impressive for it. The cemetary is a sobering and moving sight and a reminder of the terrible loss of life in the battle.
I was part of a tour conducted by Jenny who is, I'm sure, the same Jenny mentioned by other commentators; she is simply the best - charming, informed and informal, and altogether one of the best guides anywhere. Y'all stop by, y'hear?

Thank osclaim
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