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“Great experience for a local and out of town guests”
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 March 17, 2013

I live in Franklin and brought some out of town guests to the Carton Plantation and we loved it. Our tour guide Rob was an excellent storyteller and truly passionate about the information conveyed to the audience. Just and amazing home where a family was faced with opening their doors to become a hospital to thousands of wounded soldiers. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We toured the Carnton Plantation and cemetery in March 2013. I would recommend going when the weather is warmer, but other than that we had an excellent visit. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made us feel like we were experiencing what really happened in the house during the Civil War. The tour lasts about an hour but plan longer to tour the cemetery and grounds. Would recommend for anyone interested in history and a definite must for Civil War buffs.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was my second trip to Carnton and the tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. There was so much that that he covered that was not discussed during my previous visit. Well worth the time. The house is wonderful and so are the grounds.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Smack dab in the middle of the Battle of Franklin, the McGavock family turned their home into a hospital.

Thankfully the house still stands and is now a museum.

If you get Rob Cross, the Chief Historical Interpreter, you'll be in good hands. He made the Civil War relevant to me as, being Australian, I had little interest in it.

It became all about the people and the grace with which they dealt with the war coming to their doorstep.

This is a must see to learn the story of the unsung heroes of this battle.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We have been to many tours across the country but the presentation by historian Rob was the best! He was able to make you feel the emotions of those involved in this terrible chapter in our country's history. I highly recommend this tour for anyone of the age of 10.

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