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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We only had an afternoon to spend in Franklin, and the gentleman in the Visitor's Center recommended Carnton as his favorite tour, so we decided to check it out. It is just a short drive from Franklin's main street.

I was expecting your basic plantation tour, with information mostly about furniture and farm life. However, this tour was almost entirely focused on the Battle of Franklin, and the home's role as a field hospital during the Civil War. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and gave a great summary of the battle and how the home and owners would have felt at the time. We learned a lot and very much enjoyed our visit.

I would say this tour is great for history or Civil war buffs - but I'd be careful bringing young children. Talk about bloodstains still visible on the floors and pointing out where they kept the pile of amputated limbs may not go over well with them...

Thank lvillegirl
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We only had time to do the Carnton Plantation Tour and what an experience it was. Not a wonderful part of our history but one that we should remember lest we repeat it. Carnton House is a beautiful home being restored along with historic cemetery grounds. I had previously read the book Widow of the South, which is historical fiction about Carnton Plantation and the role the family played during and in the gruesome aftermath of the Battle of Franklin. Therefore I wanted to see the home. From what our guide told us, the book is maybe 50% true. The guides tell you about each room and what the family used it for before and during the Civil War. You can actually see what appears to be blood stains from the numerous surgeries, amputations that took place in the home/hospital, on the young men who were in the battle. From what I understand, some of the property in Franklin that was part of the battlefield is slowly being purchased by a preservationist group called Franklin's Charge and the land will be a part of the City's Parks department. I admire them for their foresight in preserving this piece of our heritage.

Thank zinniaqueen
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I would recommend visiting this plantation. The home is well maintained the group that owns the grounds are upgrading to make the area visitor friendly and preserve the history. The cemetery is hopefully on the to-do-list; it is not bad but could use some loving care.
Tours are guided. Try to get in a group without children. The story of the plantation on the night of November 30 is gory and had to be down played somewhat due to young children in the group.

Thank momgs
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Save yourself some money by purchasing the ticket that gets you into Carnton Plantation, Carter House, and the Lotz House. This is a great buy ($30 for admission to all three instead of $15 each) and it never expires!

On the day we toured Carnton, there was a vintage baseball game going on on the lawn. How fun! We enjoyed our time here, although our tour guide was a bit difficult to listen to for the full hour. As as result, not many people asked questions.

Definitely walk through the garden and the cemetary. Very interesting stories here. I would also recommend reading about the Civil War in Franklin in the Nonfiction section rather than just The Widow of the South. I've heard the McGavock family was not thrilled with the way Carrie McGavock was portrayed in that book.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

It's not just a house tour, but a wonderful lesson in history. The tour guide went into so much detail about the Battle of Franklin.
It is well worth the entrance fee if you enjoy Civil War history.

Thank Donna S
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