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Carter House, Franklin

(4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Carter House a part of your Franklin vacation plans using our Franklin vacation route planner.
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  • The guide was very up to date on his civil war history. Interesting and informative. It is to be combined with the other 2 places to visit to get a truly good education of the Civil War.  more »
  • The Carter House was caught in the cross fire of one of the latter battles of the Civil War. Unfortunately, the battle field is surrounded by development but the account of the battle on the markers i...  more »
  • My son and I are on a trip to see civil war battlefields and took a side trip to Franklin to see what was there. I didn't have high expectations because I have visited more well-known sites, but was p...  more »
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  • We bought a group on that put the carnton plantation, carter house and lotz house together and it was awesome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and nice. The carter house definitely out A&B together for us. You learn a lot about the battle and about the families hiding from the battle. Loved it and will recommend to everyone
  • Great to visit. Rich history.
  • Very interesting site and well maintained. Staff gives a great presentation of the battle and site. Sad story about Capt. Tod Carter.
  • Step back in time at the Carter House and learn about the history surrounding the Battle of Franklin and the Carter family who lived in this home during the Civil War. It is a wonderful tour with highly skilled guides. I remember being fascinated of the bullet holes and storied of this house as a child and the tour did not disappoint as an adult.
  • This place can only be described as haunting and sobering.