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Carter House

1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
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The Carter House was built around 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. By the time of the Civil War it was a large agricultural operation. In the years leading up to the Civil War nearly thirty slaves lived and worked on the farm. The Carter home and property was consumed by the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. One of the Carter sons was mortally wounded during the terrible fighting and died in the house two days after the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and 360 days a year.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bullet holes” (182 reviews)
“tour guide” (112 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
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+1 615-791-1861
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"bullet holes"
in 182 reviews
"battle of franklin"
in 404 reviews
"tour guide"
in 112 reviews
"civil war"
in 327 reviews
"carnton plantation"
in 115 reviews
"family hid"
in 11 reviews
"small museum"
in 24 reviews
"great tour"
in 61 reviews
"across the street"
in 43 reviews
"visitor center"
in 18 reviews
"back porch"
in 11 reviews
"history buff"
in 23 reviews
"bloody battle"
in 11 reviews
"come alive"
in 23 reviews
"family members"
in 11 reviews
"love history"
in 12 reviews
"nashville area"
in 13 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you’re going to see this house, you need to do it with the tour guide to make your experience worth while. We had Mr. Van Dyke and he was very good, a great storyteller. Most of the tour is standing, which can hurt your...More

Thank Danielle C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I enjoyed the tour, it was very informative. We covered a few places not to much walking. I would recommend to anyone.

Thank douglass1260
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife and I were fortunate to tour the site with tour guide Mike Eaton. He explained the battle in a way that you felt like he was there when it happened. Seeing the bullet holes and pictures of the battle site in that time,...More

Thank cgoley
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This home was ground zero for the Battle of Franklin and served to shelter the members of the household and the neighbors in the basement durning the actual battle. It has several buildings to view and you can see the actual bulletholes sustained during the...More

Thank Georgia K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would go to the Carter House before the Carnton Plantation. You can get a discount if you do both. Our tour guide, Adam, was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He knew just how to visually explain the Battle of Franklin so that you really understood...More

Thank Colleen W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carter House was our second stop on our history tour. Our tour guide, Mike, made the the past come alive with his knowledge and passion for these amazing events that shaped the end of the civil war. Learning the stories from the past define who...More

Thank Jeri A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great guides. Great museum and house tour. Amazing story of a civil war battle that many forget about

Thank fjlaine
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Can you imagine what the Carter family must of been going through on that faithful day? Maybe not but we can get as close as possible with these tour guides and stepping foot into the history where the Great Battle of Franklin took place.

Thank Mike E
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the Carter House and were very surprised by the history in the Franklin area. To see all the bullet holes in the buildings from the intense conflict that happened in their yard was amazing. The tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable about the Carter...More

Thank Mark p
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanting to escape the Nashville scene for a day, we drove around 15 -20 miles to Franklin. It’s a lovely town with lots of eateries and shops, but also a fascinating insight into the Civil War. We purchased a double ticket to Carter and Carton...More

Thank JAVMelbourne
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mcollazo288
April 8, 2017|
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Response from MikeMChattanooga | Reviewed this property |
Tickets can be purchased for all three attractions at the first one you visit. Doing that saves you something like $11 per person.
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