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“Beautiful house - Turned into a Civil War Hospital”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Carnton Plantation

Carnton Plantation
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #3 of 60 things to do in Franklin
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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104 reviews
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“Beautiful house - Turned into a Civil War Hospital”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

This was a plantation that raised crops and livestock. The family were wealthy and the house has been lovingly restored and showcased to reflect this. The sad part is the tale of how the family including the children had their lives turned upside down - there was no time to prepare as the wounded were brought in. There were 3 children that were living there - the children's bedrooms became operating rooms. You can still see the bloodstains on the wooden floors. This is a must see if you are in or near Franklin. Get the tour ticket for all 3 houses (Lotz and Carter houses along with this one).

Visited October 2012
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Evansville, Indiana
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“A Little History Lesson Rounds Out A Trip”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We visited Carnton Plantation on our day trip to Franklin from Nashville. It was lovely and our guide, Joey, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We both enjoyed it a lot. It takes about 1 hour. We learned something and visited a lovely old home. And we got a senior discount, our favorite!

Visited October 2012
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“Beautiful Carnton Plantation”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Incredible and emotional trip to historic Carnton plantation cemetery and house. Completely restored gardens and wonderful docent. Will go back every time we visit Franklin, TN.

Visited October 2012
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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156 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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“A must-see for Civil War buffs”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

From the house that once had surgically removed limbs stacked up to the 2nd floor to the Confederate cemetery in the front yard, the Carnton Plantation has seen it all. This is a must-see if you are in Franklin as a Civil War buff. This is where the Civil War in the west came to a practical end and where the bodies of 4 CSA generals were laid out on display. There are still blood stains on the wooden floors inside.

Visited September 2012
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Kissimmee, Florida, United States
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“Best of the Trio”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

This was the first house we did the tour of and I must say that by far it was the best. Between the renovations and the story telling it was amazing. This house has physical marks of the the aftermath of the war. There are no words in my opinion to describe this house. It is a typical plantation house that still stands tall to this day up on a hill. And if walls could talk I'm sure this house could write 5 novels and still have more to tell. This house does have a flight of stairs that have to be walked up. Its doable (I had a walking cast on and was able to do it.) When my husband and I go back to TN I know we will revisit. Be sure to visit the gave site on the grounds. Its remarkable how much respect the family showed to those who fought even back then. Additionally take a look at the slave quarters its amazing how they lived. This site also had the best gift shop of the three houses. They all seem to have similar things so hit up this one.

Visited October 2012
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