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Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in...

A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock. 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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My mom and I visited Carnton and really enjoyed it. The gift shop is nice, if a bit small, the museum is decent, and the house is lovely. Grounds need a bit of work but the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My mom and I visited Carnton and really enjoyed it. The gift shop is nice, if a bit small, the museum is decent, and the house is lovely. Grounds need a bit of work but the restored garden is lovely. Cemetery visit is key.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I love going to the Carnton. The tour is great, and the guides are so knowledgeable. I also love just walking around looking at the headstones and feeling the vibes of the property. We went once on a full moon just walking around. I swear we could hear chatter and gun shots in the distance. Always respect the property, because... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful story of how the McGavock family struggled through the Battle of Franklin only to have the army take over the plantation home for a hospital. Stains are still visible from where the doctors worked on both Yankee and Confederate Soldiers. N

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story I learned about the family and their accounts of the Battle Of Franklin was incredible-- our guide was amazing.

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Seneca, SC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having read Widow of the South, decided to visit this during our stay in Franklin. So glad we did. Our tour guide was an historical genealogist, passionate about the house, the inhabitants, the history that overwhelmed it. Moved to tears by the cemetery for Confederate dead, the blood stains still visible on the upper floors from the surgeries after the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

if you like history, especially civil war history, this is a must. We had an excellent and knowledgeable guide who really possessed a wealth of information on the plantation and on the civil war.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Plantation has a wonderful stay that truly bring history alive as you stand in the footsteps of time. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and open to questions.

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Hartland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the guided tour which got us inside the house with a full history lesson. The guide was very well informed on the subject matter . The mansion was really nice inside and like other people mentioned blood stains in the rooms . Worth a visit if you are in the area .

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Navarre, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a special place with a lot of history. I spent probably 3-4 hours here on the tour of the house and also walking the grounds and visiting the gift shop. The tour guide had a family connection to the battle of Franklin and it added a new dimension to the experience.

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Escalante, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The one hour tour is a bit pricey at 15 dollars but if you have to take a plantation house tour, this is the one. The tour guide really takes you back to 1864.

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