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Carter House, Franklin

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Tour the Federal-style Carter House, the site of the U.S. Civil War Second Battle of Franklin in 1864. Completed in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, the house is now a Tennessee State Historic Site. During the battle, the Carter family hid in the basement while gun fire blasted through their home. The Carters' son Tod fought and was mortally wounded in the battle. As you tour the house, you can view the room where he died, as well as the more than 1,000 bullet holes left in the house from the fighting. Note that the grounds' famous cotton gin is no longer intact. The home is close to other historical sites, such as the Lotz House, where you can learn more about the battle's impact on Franklin. If you are interested in visiting these different sites, look into purhasing a Carnton Plantation value package for discounts. Put Carter House into our Franklin online holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Franklin.
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  • The Carter House was an excellent look back at Civil War History, particularly the Battle of Franklin. When my son and I decided to visit the Battle of Franklin site, we assumed we would be visiting s...  more »
  • Our tour guide, Brad, was excellent. He told the story of the Carter family as if he knew them, not as if he memorized his presentation. He knew facts. Interesting facts. His descriptions were as if y...  more »
  • I am from franklin tn and have been to the Carter house a couple times in the past. They had a special were you could visit both the Carter house and the Carton Plantation for one low price. ( Take ad...  more »
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  • There are no set tour times; it depends on foot traffic. I ended up waiting 45 minutes for the next tour to start. I was told that there was a lot to see while waiting for the tour;can't say I agree with that statement. There was a one room "museum" that held several artifacts and pictures of the Carter family and soldiers who fought in the battle. There wasn't much around the grounds to read or kill time with. As for the tour itself, it started late, and then our guide went off on tangents that took him forever to loop back into the actual tour story. He had a hard time remembering particular details about the Carter family that should be normal Q&A info, but could recite whole quotes that eye witnesses would later document. You only get to see the first floor rooms of the house and the basement, not the second floor rooms; which always disappoints me when historical homes choose to do that. The tour went longer than the quoted hour time frame, so be aware of that when allotting time. Overall I would say it was informational, but not great like most people review it as.
  • This is a very well maintained Civil War historical site. Be sure to take the tour of the inside of the Carter House - the guide is excellent and makes you feel what it was like to be in the middle of a major Civil War battle. Paul
  • For those who enjoy learning about the rich history of our nation there are lots of things to see and learn about in this place. Thorough curation of Civil War artifacts and opportunities to experience where actual battles took place.
  • It was an awesome tour learned and seen what the house and grounds might have looked like after the Battle of Franklin. Definitely an eye opener of what went on so many years ago.
  • Having read a book about Hood's campaign to Nashville recently, the tour of the battlefield at Carter house was really neat. Went on a Saturday morning and was fortunate enough to get a personal guided tour by Cliff, a tour guide at the house, who was super friendly and very knowledgable! It's a must do in Franklin, even if you're not a history buff.

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Where to stay in Franklin

With its brick buildings and small-town charm, the downtown area remains Franklin's biggest draw, but accommodation options here are limited to just a couple inns and bed and breakfasts. You will, however, find many national-chain hotels in the commercial district around where Murfreesboro Road meets Interstate 65. As an alternative, consider staying on a working farm just outside the town center for a more rustic experience.
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