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Lotz House Museum, Franklin

Must see · Battlefield · History Museum
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. . Before you visit Franklin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • As recent transplant from the northeast we are interested in learning the area's history. Our visit to Lotz House was our introduction to Tennessee history. We were so lucky to have Seth Brean as...  more »
  • The Lotz House tour was EXCELLENT!! Very well done. Tour guide is most knowledgeable.Thoroughly enjoyed it! The tour guide connected my dots to the Church of the Assumption in German Town, Nashville.....  more »
  • I've been to a lot of these places.... But my tour guide here, Thomas Cartwright, was simply the best I've ever had. He was more than a tour guide- this man is a professional historian who has a...  more »
  • This tour provided a narrative that inspires you to visualize the agony of war and is a really important reminder of why we, as a nation, need to never repeat the Civil War. A very touching tour and wonderful artifacts in the home. If you're in Franklin, don't leave without a visit to Lotz house. Jean was a wonderful tour guide!
  • Wonderful, knowledgeable staff. The tour takes you through the whole house and they tell you the story of the Battle of Franklin and of the family that lived there (average working-class people who didn't own slaves). The entry fee is reasonable and the house has so many antiques and historical objects. The story of the family and the Battle of Franklin is fascinating. It's a privately owned museum that saved the house from being made into a taco shop!
  • Great place to show a little piece of History. The tour is the story of the family, very shocking but interesting. Beautiful stuff that remains from war times is displayed, definitively worth visiting.
  • Loved it! The female guide was very well versed and held the attention of my usually disinterested teenager! Will be returning to the area in part because of our guides storytelling!
  • The tour was excellent with a well informed guide. Seth told the story of the battle, and added in special information about each guests home state participation (along with some cheesy jokes). I did not feel the presence of a spirit personally, but the house is a gem of a piece of history.

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