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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 live locally and visit Carnton several times every year. It is a very important part of United States history that has been restored, preserved and given back to all of us to embrace and enjoy forever. Thank you Battle of Franklin Trust for giving us this beautiful place to learn about, to absorb and to appreciate our true history. How can we move forward if we don't know the truth of where we came from? Take a tour, stay to enjoy the beauty of the grounds, and make sure you visit the gift shop! It will be an enjoyable day you won't soon forget.
  • If one is interested in the Battle of Franklin, then this is another must-stop place. I have visited there many times and even camped there more than once. Some people think it can be a spooky place at night, and even claim to have “seen” things, but I never have and don’t even find the place spooky. However, it is very special. The Carnton House has an interesting history during the battle, but it’s post-war history is even more fascinating. Take the tour and enjoy the grounds; it’s worth it.
  • We won't dock this any stars for visiting in the blazing summer heat. Ha! Despite the July temperature, it's hard to not be impressed by this kind of American history. The grounds are very well maintained and it's such an honor to be able to walk through the hallowed ground of the Civil War (Confederate) cemetery. While we didn't take time on this visit to tour the plantation house, we hope to return to do so. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • The staff was knowledgeable and were easy to talk to. The porch, where 4 Confederate generals were laid out on was a powerful location. The cemetery that is the resting place of so many soldiers is a breathtaking location. Very worth the drive.
  • This was one of the best guided tours i have ever experienced. Our tour guide, Beth, was so informative and passionate about the history of this home and what happened there. Well worth a drive out to Franklin to visit!!!

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