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Carnton, Franklin

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Battlefield · Historic Site
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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  • We couldn’t decide whether we had time for this tour but were so glad we made the time! Tour guides were so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. It really took us back in time. The details and....  more »
  • We drove to this site and didn't know what to expect. But we were pleasantly surprised. we bought the ticket to just walk the grounds. It is very nice and there was lots to do. Had I planned...  more »
  • Our entire family loved the tour and learning about this side of American history. Tour was about an hour, but we never felt rushed while taking it all in. After the house tour, you should walk around and take in all the grounds have to offer for the full experience. A must see for a day trip outside of Nashville, the entire town of Franklin is just lovely!
  • Had a great time.. Trey was our guide on extend tour.. Awesome with knowledge of the battlefield history and more.. Loved the garden.. Cemetery was memorable..

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