Tour the Federal-style Carter House, the site of the U.S. Civil War Second Battle of Franklin in 1864. Completed in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, the house is now a Tennessee State Historic Site. During the battle, the Carter family hid in the basement while gun fire blasted through their home. The Carters' son Tod fought and was mortally wounded in the battle. As you tour the house, you can view the room where he died, as well as the more than 1,000 bullet holes left in the house from the fighting. Note that the grounds' famous cotton gin is no longer intact. The home is close to other historical sites, such as the Lotz House, where you can learn more about the battle's impact on Franklin. If you are interested in visiting these different sites, look into purhasing a Carnton Plantation value package for discounts. Put Carter House into our Franklin online holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Franklin.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
Carter House reviews
We visited this house as it was part of a suggested 3 site tour. This house, one across the street, The Lotz House and Carnton Plantation are the 3 we visited. All are worth the price of admission...
We visited this house as it was part of a suggested 3 site tour. This house, one across the street, The Lotz House and Carnton Plantation are the 3 we visited. All are worth the price of admission... more »
The story of this place makes your bones rattle, a must see. You can feel the history here. Our tour guide was amazing as he broke down the mere hours it took for bloody and heart wrenching battle..... more
The story of this place makes your bones rattle, a must see. You can feel the history here. Our tour guide was amazing as he broke down the mere hours it took for bloody and heart wrenching battle..... more »
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of The Carter House. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was quick to answer our many questions. She told us about the horrific battle that took place on the grounds of the property. She pointed out the bullet holes in the walls and furniture. I took photographs of the outside and of the grounds. They do not permit pictures to be taken inside of the big house. They do allow photos to be taken in the small house and log house. From the inside one of them, you can see the enormity of the bullets fired. If you are in the area, you won’t regret checking it out.
Talk about reliving history... WOW. ITS A MUST VISIT. and we were lucky enough to have THE BEST GUIDE ... I HEAR he's written tons of books. What an amazing experience.
Plan your trip to Franklin
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Franklin
Hidden gems in Franklin
Shopping in Franklin
Side trips from Franklin
Nearby attractions in Franklin
Historic Sites in Franklin
Trips in Carter House by other users
60 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Sedona Zion National Park Moab 4 days in Nashville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Walking tours Adventure Science Center Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park 11 days in Slidell, Nashville & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Slidell Nashville Niagara Falls 5 days in Nashville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Belmont Mansion Third Man Records Opry Mills 11 days in Des Moines & Nashville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Des Moines Nashville 8 days in Nashville BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens Grand Ole Opry Room Escape Games