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Lotz House Museum, Franklin

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Lotz House Museum tells the story of the talented Lotz family and their home during the American Civil War. A guide will take you through the remarkable house. Admire the intricate carpentry of Johann Lotz and the finest Civil War-era antiques collection in the South. The Lotz house was in the central area of the Battle of Franklin, one of the bloodiest of the war, and you can still see damage from the five hours of fighting. Look for the charred dent in the wooden floor from a cannonball that crashed through the roof. Following the battle, the house served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Bloodstains are still visible on the floors and walls throughout the house. On your way out, stop by the gift shop, which features DVDs and books about the Civil War, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles. . Use our Franklin family vacation planner to visit Lotz House Museum on your trip to Franklin, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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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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  • My husband and I were in Franklin, and wanted to do something entertaining for an hour. My husband loves history, so we decided to do the Lotz House Tour. I'm so glad we decided on this tour. Our guid...  more »
  • The tour is perfect. They discuss the Lotz family's compelling history and the history of the home itself. Furnishings are discussed but not slavishly, as in many historic home tours. The drama of the...  more »
  • Went on the tour on May 31. Robert was amazing. There were 3 of us on the tour and received the up close and personal tour. Roberts knowledge of the history of the house and the battle of Franklin was...  more »
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  • The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. What a great story of our not so distant history and the struggles one family endured. Beautiful home
  • Very interesting visit. We learned a ton about the battle of Franklin. Robert, our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, ask for him if possible. I highly recommend visiting the Lotz House.
  • Laura (tour guide) was amazing! Did not expect to be so entertained. Fascinating family and history. The house is a work of art.
  • The house was beautiful! Our guide JT was very informed about the family who lived there, the battle that took place, and the era that they lived in. I learned a lot. I highly recommend this tour.
  • Great place to take family or friends for a little historical trip with rich civil war history. And our tour guide was from my girlfriends and I’s hometown. Love the staff and the tour.