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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. Make Carter House a part of your Franklin vacation plans using our Franklin vacation route planner.
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  • An incredible story of 2 families who survived one of the most violent battles of the Civil War right in their backyard and the wonderful guides who bring it to life!  more »
  • The nearby Lotz House is better for family stories, but Carter House is the best for understanding the Battle of Franklin. Preservation efforts have been impressive and inspiring in Franklin. This is ...  more »
  • For the Carter House Battlefield Tour - Here indeed was the Eye of the storm that was the Battle of Franklin, only that storm had no eye at all - no respite - no calm save the end. If this is a bit mo...  more »
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  • Great Historian guided tour. Loved hearing the stories & seeing that this house survived the battle that day. The residents were also safe. You can still see bullet holes in & outside the home. I was surprised at the colors used in the decor back in 1864.
  • Mr. Van Dyke was amazing. He is so passionate about what he is saying. It truly was an amazing tour.
  • This is an interesting battlefield. What occurred at this location was highly important for the western theater of the Civil War. The site is well maintained, and offers a very fantastic interpretive experience. All in all, a great place to visit and learn. It will also help you appreciate what can be done to protect threatened battle sites all across the US.
  • The guide who told us the story of what happened here at the Battle of Franklin was a very effective and interesting story teller. He answered all our questions cheerfully and was very knowledgeable. The battle deserves to be more widely known.
  • A must see for Civil War buffs or Franklin tourists. The grounds are beautiful and expanding due to local preservation efforts. A great place to bring family if they are visiting as well.