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Carnton Plantation, Franklin

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Built as a typical plantation house, then transformed into an army hospital, Carnton Plantation 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." Put Carnton Plantation at the forefront of your travel plans using our Franklin vacation generator.
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  • The tour was great, The guide was very knowledgeable. The cemetery part of the grounds is a must see. I was on a grayline tour, if I had more time, I would have been there longer. 
  • We were happy that we took the extended 90 minute tour offered at 2:00 pm. There were far fewer people on our tour than the house tour. We also appreciated the more in-depth history given by an enthus...  read more »
  • I think every junior high and high school student should go. History has a way of repeating itself. And its so easy to forget when its not in front of you. I believe if the dead could talk they would ...  read more »
  • Our tour brought the Civil War to life in a very personal way for me and my family, touching even my 7-year-old (honorary Winder McGavock in our group). Restoration efforts on the mansion are remarkable, and we enjoyed touring the grounds. Visiting the cemetery was, of course, a sobering experience. So glad we discovered Carnton Plantation. Next visit to Franklin for us must include Carter House. Thank you!
  • Great way to spend a day! We went on groupon and found a deal that put the carnton plantation, Carter house and lotz house together and it was well worth it. It will take up most of the day but it's very cool
  • This plantation home is historic for becoming a field hospital during the Battle of Franklin. As a child I was completely freaked out by the still existing blood stain on the floor. The home and grounds are beautiful and for any civil war or history fans this is a must see location.
  • Very interesting to be in a historic place of this magnitude. The tour was a little long in my opinion. It was very neat to walk in the house, see where everyone lived, and why this property was historic. Property does contain a graveyard and a garden that you have access to walk through.
  • A beautiful plantation with an incredible and moving story of heroism during the. Civil War. Book was written about this called. Widow of the South. Great book also.
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