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Carter House, Franklin

(4.7/5 based on 850+ 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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  • Absolutely LOVED this place! Our tour guide was simply amazing and unfortunately, I forgot his name! He retold the history in such a way that we actually felt like we were there during the battle. The...  more »
  • My daughter and I toured Carter house and Carnton plantation, Lot tz house closed for the day. Good tour guide, walked us through the home, pointed out original pieces and then noted cannon hole after...  more »
  • The Carter Mansion was a fun and interesting addition to our vacation to Nashville Tennessee! The tour guide we had was very kind and knowledgeable about the battle and the Carter Family. The home its...  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.