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Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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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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There are a variety of tours that you can take. Be sure to tour the gardens, either before or after the house tour. Also be sure to check out the out buildings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are a variety of tours that you can take. Be sure to tour the gardens, either before or after the house tour. Also be sure to check out the out buildings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was well worth the time and cost. You can purchase a ticket for all three sites and save money. The ticket can be used over a couple of days, allowing you to take your time and enjoy Franklin. By starting at the Plantation, then the Carter House, the Lotz House, followed by the battle driving tour, you can see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This plantation house and small museum is very interesting and lies just out of the historic town of Franklin. It is located on part of the Civil War battlefield of Franklin and you can wander across it and see a cemetery and other points of interest. The house was restored by a dedicated group of volunteers who have recreated the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Franklin is a neat little town with lots to see. I visited in the late fall after a frost so most of the plants in the garden were no longer with us, still is it a very nice walk around the grounds. The home is furnished with period furniture and a few original items. The tour guide was very knowledgeable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting Carter House first and then here made for a clear picture of the battle that day. This home is grand and thoughtfully restored. Blood stains on the wooden floor remain from that sorrowful day. It was shocking for my two teenage girls to see. They got a real view of war and what it did to a family. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carnton Plantation is a nicely restored 19th century plantation that played a critical role as a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Franklin. The house tour takes you to both floors used as living space, which contain some furnishings original to the owners and some representative of the period. Our tour guide was fairly knowledgeable and encouraged questions by people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable tour guide. Amazing home with a great story. Highly recommend this tour. Make sure to walk the grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured Carnton while there were some re-enactment type displays, although they weren't well attended the day we were there. Very nice indoor and outdoor tourist location. Be sure to walk through the cemetery and the adjacent, large park area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really informative tour with many details and a lot of passion. Beautiful history of what took place at the bloodiest time of Civil War. Nice to see many portraits of the family who lived there. Hard to imagine the carnage, but important to try.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was given to us by Brad. He told this story with so much passion that we felt like we could have been there through it all. If you are a history buff this tour is definitely a must. We also did the Carter House and the Lotz House. All very well narrated. They are all kind of linked... More 

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