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“A Beautiful Place”
Review of Carnton

Carnton
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$69.00*
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #3 of 62 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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Ohio, United States
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6 reviews
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“A Beautiful Place”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Carnton Plantation was absolutely beautiful, I had read the book "Widower of the South" prior to visiting. I think the book made the experience that much more meaningful. I was a little disappointed in the amount of time for the tour because it seemed a little bit rushed. The tour guide was very informative and very friendly. The graveyard makes the trip a success. I was a little disappointed in the fact that you could not take photographs inside but it was understandable.

Visited May 2013
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“Historic Center”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

We went on a tour and it was a very interesting walk back in time about a civil war battle that took place.

Visited July 2013
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Madrid, Iowa
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“Interesting”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

This was interesting, but in my opinion the lesser of the 3 historical sites in Franklin. Maybe it was because we went to the other 2 first and were tired by the time we got to this one, though. Amazing to see the blood stains still in the floors from when it was turned into a make-shift hospital.

Visited June 2013
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St. Louis, MO
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“Highly recommend for history buffs”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Absolutely loved this site. Our tour guide was amazing & really made history come alive. Very fascinating with plenty to see. Site of the bloodiest 5 hours of the civil war and the largest private confederate cemetery. If you're in the Nashville area, set aside about 2 - 3 hours. You won't regret it.

Visited June 2013
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Jackson, Minnesota
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“Great Historical Tour!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

This place was amazing! The stories about the plantation were so interesting that I bought the book Widow of the South. Makes it easier to read the book when you have seen what the book is about.

Visited July 2013
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