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Carnton, Franklin

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Built as a typical plantation house, then transformed into an army hospital, Carnton is now a museum for Civil War enthusiasts. The museum is divided into three exhibits: the Battle of Franklin Trust, dedicated to the five bloodiest hours of the war; the Carter House, a brick home where one of the cruelest battles took place; and Carnton Plantation, property donated by the McGavock family as a memorial to the deceased. A nearby cemetery holds the graves of hundreds of soldiers. The Carter House is a setting in Robert Hicks’s novel "The Widow of the South." Arrange to visit Carnton and other attractions in Franklin using our Franklin visit website .
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  • Went for an hour tour on a Sunday afternoon. Passionate tour guide who made us appreciate the importance of the Franklin/Nashville locations for late Civil War conquests. The Confederates did not fare...  more »
  • Great tour and local history. Great tour guide and gives a lot of information of house and history. Visit the nearby cemetery also.  more »
  • A must stop to really understand what this little town experienced during the war, the trauma, drama, and the blood stains tell a story you can't just read in a book. Walk up to the house, sit on the ...  more »
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  • I took my 4 year old on this thinking I'd immediately regret it, but despite having to stand still for 60 minutes as we walked through 5-10 rooms of the house, the tour guide held his attention with some of the best storytelling I've ever heard on a tour. I'll definitely go back.
  • This is a must see if you are anywhere near Franklin, Tn. This is a beautifully restored plantation and grounds, with excellent tour guides. If you want to see how it was to live on a plantation 150 years ago, this is a must see. Paul
  • Our group of 14 had a great time visting the Carnton Plantation. Our tour guide, Will, was incredibly knowledgeable about the house, grounds, and history surrounding this plantation. He also helped us plan an extra hour of time we had between the plantation and lunch in Nashville. Very well done!!
  • I love touring old homes and learning about history so the Carnton was my muse for the day. The current people over this house are very respectable for saving this home and giving a voice to all those that have a story that should be told. This is a great place to take the family or go by yourself and enjoy the home and stories.
  • Good experience, but quite expensive ($18 per person), so I wouldn't recommend for large families. Also no photography allowed inside, and we weren't allowed in the attic. Good museum though, especially since most of the furnishings are original to the family.

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