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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861

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Normal, Illinois
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tour guide told story of house and grounds. Battle story is engaging and interesting. Grounds walk can see out buildings and bullet holes in sides of buildings.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not withstanding the super freesing temperatures (low teens) our tour guide made our tour super engaging and truly showed her passion for the subject and the site. We might just be tempted to come again in warmer weather so we could linger over the outside...More

Thank AnAmericanInMilan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They are very close, and featured in the same major battle for Franklin. The bullet holes in the Carter House show much more of the damage than anything on the Lotz house. Carter House was more in the thick of it n the early part...More

1  Thank Ontario76
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location to hear and learn about the battle of Franklin !!!’nvbmnbcccccvgghhjjjjjkkojk igficiiffifjfiviggobogobo

Thank John J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited the Carter House twice. If you are interested in Civil War (military, social-cultural) history, the CH Is a must stop. Easy access, plenty of parking, and knowledgeable tour guide make this a fantastic stop before traveling on to visit Carnton Plantation.

Thank Kathy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You won't regret taking this tour, I've been there probably 10 times and I always walk away moved by the Carter family story and the weight of the war on this little town. There is something for the serious Civil War buff or the newbie....More

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there in March of 2015 on spring break, and my high school student wasn't interested in learning over spring break, I got the tickets anyway, and he ended up really glad we took the tour. I took my husband there in December of...More

Thank Jeanne C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very well maintained Civil War historical site. Be sure to take the tour of the inside of the Carter House - the guide is excellent and makes you feel what it was like to be in the middle of a major Civil...More

Thank 607,615
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting look at the Battle of Franklin. Over 1000 bullet holes in the building. Local families hid in the basement during the battle. Lots of history in the little town of Franklin.

Thank Traveling4452
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Give yourself time to go through the museum at the visitors center before taking the guided tour ( you cannot tour the house without a guide). The house is interesting because of its front row seat to the battle of Franklin. Our guide was very...More

1  Thank Karen K
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8 April 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.