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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock and it was a large working farm. Over forty slaves lived and worked at Carnton in the years leading up to the Civil War. On November 30, 1864, the site was witness to the Battle of Franklin. Carnton became the largest field hospital in the area following the terrible battle, and in 1866 the McGavock Confederate Cemetery was established nearby. Today the cemetery holds the remains of nearly 1,500 Southern soldiers.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903
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Reviewed yesterday

I really enjoyed the grounds and the adjacent cemetery. The staff were friendly and answered all of our questions. They even suggested nearby historic sites to visit.

Thank Chuck8700
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our tour of Carnton was outstanding. The house was taken over by civil war soldiers as a field hospital. The tour provides a view into what it would be like to have 300 soldiers in your house wounded. In addition, the house is beautifully restored...More

Thank Dvcgirleo
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can buy a combo ticket that includes Lotz house, Carter House, and Carton Plantation for a reduced price. The tour guide was great. You get to see a lot of rooms inside and learn about both the famikly and the battle. Be sure to...More

Thank Bobbie201
Reviewed 2 days ago

The plantation provided for a great walk around including a confederate cemetery (which makes the visit worthwhile on its own). The house tour was OK (I liked the Carter house a bit better). The story of the McGavock family and how their home was turned...More

1  Thank lisainwisco
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The guided tour of the Main House of Carnton is one every student of War Time History should take while visiting middle TN. Carnton is just minutes out of town from downtown Historic Franklin. These folks do a great job with the tour content. A...More

Thank Steven D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Anyone visiting or passing through Franklin, Tennesssee should take the time to visit Carnton. Our visit to Carnton was well worth the time and money spent. We went through the house with a guided group tour. Our tour guide (wish I remembered his name!) was...More

Thank MicheleFC1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent history lesson! Well maintained, friendly, and very informative. Loved the restored buildings, land, and the Confederate Cemetery was very sad and somber. Many options exist for seeing the place...we just got the brochure and walked around which was sufficient with our two kids.

Thank LanceAldrich
Reviewed 1 week ago

The house was beautiful, the tour guide fantastic. Not really a battlefield, just a pass through and a hospital for the wounded. The story is told more from the Confederate view. There is a gravesite on the property with Confederate soliders. Plenty of original furnishing...More

Thank momo451
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history of this place and area is amazing. The tour guide was very good and informative. The way the story is told you can imagine the battle around you as you stand on the porch. The gift shop is a must see for any...More

Thank Wayne C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour guide, a lady, believes passionately in what she says. However, she doesn't just deliver the facts but continually tells us how we should feel, almost as if she is an activist or even PC (politically correct). There were times she talked about the...More

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LaDonna P
1 August 2017|
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Response from JudsonK_13 | Reviewed this property |
Above days and times correct. Major holidays include New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Also, the last tour begins at 4 p.m.
Katie G
24 May 2017|
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Response from Wayland L | Reviewed this property |
I can't say for sure since our hosts paid for our tickets. I know you must have a ticket to enter the plantation house, but I think you can walk around the grounds (gardens and cemeteries) without purchasing a ticket since... More
Alison T
14 April 2017|
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Response from schultee | Reviewed this property |
To be honest my kids were bored at all three houses, 7 and 9. It was more of an adult thing. The best house/tour was the carter house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.