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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
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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 2 days ago

We had a great visit! So much has changed Andy improved since I was last here 12 years ago. It is been greatly improved.

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 3 days ago

House tour was very informative. Tour guide was very informative and always willing to answer questions about the hours, furnishings and the battle.

Thank cmdvous
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I read “The Widow of the South” years ago and didn’t realize until the end of the tour that it was based on the story of Carnton. If you’ve read the book you will enjoy the tour. It was too cold to enjoy the grounds...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went on a day that it was raining so we did not get the opportunity to explore the grounds as much as we would have liked, but the tour of the main house was great and we got an amazing education of the history...More

Thank Scott M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Expensive but very knowledgeable volunteers. You can purchase tickets for all 3 historical places. The civil war Cemetary appears locked but isn't. I donated for the upkeep as it's privately funded. Extremely moving to see all the unknowns & excellent record keeping by a a...More

Thank MittenGrrl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After touring the Lotz House and the Carter house (just a little ways down the road), we ended our day with a visit to the Carnton house. Our tour guide, Mike, was well versed in his depiction of the Battle of Franklin. He provided in...More

Thank beelacat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great stop on our way to Nashville. Very interesting and informative. Our tour guide was great. Her was well spoken and knew her history. The whole area has unique history and the staff is great at explaining each part of their section....More

Thank nolefan97
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Come visit the plantation house used for a hospital during the War of Northern Aggression. There are still visible blood stains on the wooden floors where surgeons operated. A guided tour of the home is reasonable and walk the grounds too. Be sure to visit...More

Thank CarolinaRealtor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I found this place interesting to visit. I am interested in civil war history and there is plenty of it here. The exhibits around the yard were well presented with knowledgable people explaining them (civil war era medical kits, armorers, Abe Lincoln look-alike). The guide...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 6 November 2017

While in Franklin I just NEEDED to check out some historical sites. The Carton house was just right. We did not do the house tour (steps are bad for my "bride") so we checked out the exhibits, grounds and the cemetery. All in all worth...More

Thank Tom C
EricJacobson, General Manager at Carnton, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a great review. We hope you come back!!!

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20 September 2017|
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Response from EricJacobson | Property representative |
Hi, You can indeed purchase the Value Ticket at any of the three sites. There is also a Combination Ticket for just Carter House and Carnton. Thanks.
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