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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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  • My mom and I visited Carnton and really enjoyed it. The gift shop is nice, if a bit small, the museum is decent, and the house is lovely. Grounds need a bit of work but the restored garden is lovely. ...  more »
  • I love going to the Carnton. The tour is great, and the guides are so knowledgeable. I also love just walking around looking at the headstones and feeling the vibes of the property. We went once on a ...  more »
  • Wonderful story of how the McGavock family struggled through the Battle of Franklin only to have the army take over the plantation home for a hospital. Stains are still visible from where the doctors ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Cool and historical. Great tours. Would recommend to locals or tourists. Civil War.
  • 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.
  • I honestly loved the inside of the house. The history you can see inside makes everything more real. Especially the bloodstains on the second floor. You can imagine the trauma this family went through caring for all these fallen soldiers. The ONLY thing that I didn't really like was the tour guide. He kind of spoke as if he was a professional actor who memorized this script and less of a tour guide. Like even when a question was asked it sounded like someone reading something dramatically from a Wikipedia page or something. But honestly I appreciated all the information. Great tour and a must see for the area.