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“Carnton Plantation House”
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Carnton
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$69.00*
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #2 of 67 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 April 16, 2013

My group and I were very happy we spent a day in Franklin. We bought a combined admission ticket to the Lotz House, Carter House and Carnton Plantation House in Franklin. Worth the price! Our tour guide at the Carnton Plantation House was very knowledge and excited to be sharing the history of the house to us. I enjoyed hearing about how the house was used after the Battle of Franklin (Civil War) as a hospital. A couple members of my group and I had read the book "The Widow of the South" which is about the Carnton House before we visited. It was very interesting to hear the tour guide mention several things that are in the book! The only negative was that you have to stand for a while in each room during the tour.

1  Thank Angela F
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This historical tour is a must-attend for anyone visiting Franklin, Tennessee. The tour gives you such insight into the everyday lives of the people before the Civil War and also how the war affected them--both during and after. After taking the tour, I am convinced Carrie McGavock was indeed an angel. But I'll say no more because I don't want to ruin it for you.

1  Thank Katrina G
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Brochures don't begin to do this place justice. Our tour guide was great, and so knowledgeable. He took the time to explain the story, life and times of the house and what these people had to endure. If you're into Civil War or Historical sites, plan a visit next time you're in or around Nashville.

1  Thank lvetravelin
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you are visiting the Nashville area, this is definitely an historic site you want to see. It's one of those places where you can feel history. Our tour guide was lively and informative. The story offered a look at the real people of the Civil War and their heroic rise to the circumstances in which they found themselves in 1864.

1  Thank Charles L
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Well worth the visit. The home is amazing, and the story of the family is remarkable. Wonderful guide, knowledgable and passionate!

1  Thank Sandye1121
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