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“Perspective on the horror of civil war battles”
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 July 13, 2013

The story of Carnton is very interesting and causes any thoughtful person to reflect in a new way upon the "glories" of the civil war. It is well worth the time to tour.

1  Thank Timothy R
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Our tour guide was black and white...no fluff, just all gritty facts. It was definitely a beautiful home with a fascinating history. The garden was gorgeous and the cemetary was peaceful. We really enjoyed tis tour and would recommend it to anyone interested in history.

1  Thank Kristin O
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

This historical Civil War plantation was caught between Union and Confederate troops in the terrible and bloody Battle of Franklin. The amazing mistress of the house and family turned it into a surgery and hospital serving the wounded and dying soldiers of the Confederate Army. Her fascinating story can be read in the popular book, " The Widow of the South," by Robert Hicks which is a must read after touring this site. Don't miss the Confederate cemetery built and maintained by the family for those soldiers killed in the battle. I have seen many Civil War sites and especially recommend visiting this one, then reading the several books written about it!

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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.

1  Thank loveTOtravel828
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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.

1  Thank dpfeifer_11
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