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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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  • August 14, 2017
    I've been going to the Carter house for years. The tour guides are the best historians around! Cannon ball holes in the back porch say it all! This place was showered with bullets. The men that died t...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I went to the Carter house and the Lotz house. Loved the knowledge we received at the Lotz house but not so knowledgeable at the Carter house. Also we got a full tour at the Lotz house for $10 and the...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is a much larger property than the Lotz home. The guide breathed and lived the history of the war. She knew so much and is always reading and studying on her own to bring more stories to life. Th...  more »
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  • May 20, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    Mr. Van Dyke was amazing. He is so passionate about what he is saying. It truly was an amazing tour.
  • July 9, 2017
    Great tour guide. Extremely immersive and makes you feel like you're right there in the war.
  • February 26, 2017
    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.
  • April 4, 2017
    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.

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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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