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“Great Civil War era plantation house”
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
Ranked #3 of 64 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great Civil War era plantation house”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited Franklin in June and chose this house of the 3 main tour homes because it included the Confederate Cemetery. Excellent tour guide gave lots of information about each of the rooms in the house and the family that lived there. He also explained about the events of the Battle of Franklin that took place right near their own backyard. The grounds and house were used as a field hospital after the battle, leaving bloodstains that are still visible today in some of the rooms. The Confederate Cemetery, established by the McGavock family who lived in the house, contains the graves of nearly 1500 confederate dead from the Battle of Franklin. There are a couple of smaller outbuildings as well as a garden on the grounds. The gift shop also contains a small museum. Overall a great way to spend a few hours and learn about the civilian point of view of the Civil War.

Visited June 2014
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“Special Exhibit is a Must See”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

The visitor center is featuring an exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. It has an extraordinary collection of artifacts and an excellent overview of what happened that day in 1864. My favorite artifact was a collar belonging to Harvey, a Pit Bull who was part of the 104th Ohio regiment - and a survivor of the Battle of Franklin. A must see!!

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited and enjoyed the experience. I think the museum ticket price is not included in the plantation ticket price.

Visited August 2014
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Must do tour! Beautiful home and wonderful guides!”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

This tour was my favorite out of the 3 Franklin tours (Lotz House and Carter House)! The grounds and house were beautiful! Our tour guide was able to answer any and all questions and was extremely knowledgeable! It is very neat to learn about all the history the house and family there had seen. IT also ties in nicely with the Civil War story heard at the Carter House. Would highly recommend this tour!

Visited July 2014
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Carstairs, Canada
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“very good tour”
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Did trio of Lotz and Carter houses and the Carnton plantation. Tourguide at Carnton very knowledgeable, and site is well layed out and accurate to past. Hard not to be moved by evidence of aftermath of a terrible battle, good washroom, gift shop and water available - vital on hot days walking to cemetery.

Visited August 2014
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