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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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  • The Carnton Plantation house has been beautifully restored to much of its original configuration and with original and period furnishings to give an excellent view of the way of life of plantation own...  more »
  • We greatly enjoyed our tour of Carnton House (given by Brad), as well our tour at the sister site, Carter House, where we also had a wonderful tour guide. They really made the stories come alive. Well...  more »
  • Take a tour and walk the grounds. This is a beautiful place that saw more than its share of bloodshed in the civil war. The house saw literally thousands of wounded soldiers in its rooms during the ba...  more »
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  • I'm not much of a history buff, however the tour of this place was really interesting. The tour guide was passionate and made the history come alive. The house and the grounds were beautiful.
  • Great experience, even on a rainy day! The staff are very knowledgeable and polite.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Enjoyed the tour. Worth a look for sure.

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