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Carnton, Franklin

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Built as a typical plantation house, then transformed into an army hospital, Carnton is now a museum for Civil War enthusiasts. The museum is divided into three exhibits: the Battle of Franklin Trust, dedicated to the five bloodiest hours of the war; the Carter House, a brick home where one of the cruelest battles took place; and Carnton Plantation, property donated by the McGavock family as a memorial to the deceased. A nearby cemetery holds the graves of hundreds of soldiers. The Carter House is a setting in Robert Hicks’s novel "The Widow of the South." Arrange to visit Carnton and other attractions in Franklin using our Franklin visit website .
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  • An important piece of Civil War history. It was educational and impactful. Our guide was raised here, and brought depth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the tour.  more »
  • For history buffs (war of secession)! Guided tour of about 1 hour commented by a passionate and competent guide! The whole thing takes place in a beautiful house dating from the time of this war of secession, the majority of the furnishings and accessories being original! Afterwards, take the time to walk in the surrounding fields, where this famous battle of Franklin took place (several informative panels to read). Nearby cemetery uninteresting. Activity lasting about 2 hours.
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  • We loved our visit to Carnton house. Educational tour of a plantation home turned confederate hospital. The grounds are beautiful. Make sure to visit the confederate cemetery on the grounds.  more »
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  • Our entire family loved the tour and learning about this side of American history. Tour was about an hour, but we never felt rushed while taking it all in. After the house tour, you should walk around and take in all the grounds have to offer for the full experience. A must see for a day trip outside of Nashville, the entire town of Franklin is just lovely!
  • Had a great time.. Trey was our guide on extend tour.. Awesome with knowledge of the battlefield history and more.. Loved the garden.. Cemetery was memorable..
  • Warning to all brides-to-be: Do not have your event here. Carnton is a beautiful place, but our experience was completely ruined with the rude, disrespectful, & unprofessional Event Coordinator, Hannah Jacobs. I never once felt welcome here because of her. My family & I received countless nasty emails from Hannah after we expressed interest in the venue. Their contract states they have the right to ALL of your wedding photos -- beginning to end. Their social channels are filled with false advertising, as their contract excludes practically everything in the book. This was a very disappointing part of my journey, but I'm happy we dodged that bullet.
  • We had a great time visiting the Carnton Plantation. I definitely recommend the tour!
  • Great perspective of the battle of Franklin, TN. The house was used as a Confederate hospital following the clash in 1864. There is a fee to tour the house. The tour lasts approximately one hour. A Confederate cemetery and 19th century garden are also available to explore. Most of the items in the house are not original due to the fact that the house was passed into private hands after the original family moved out.
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