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Carnton Plantation

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Address: 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
Phone Number: +1 615-794-0903
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in...

A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock. On November 30, 1864, the site was witness to the Battle of Franklin. Carnton became the largest field hospital in the area following the terrible battle, and in 1866 the McGavock Confederate Cemetery was established nearby. Today the cemetery holds the remains of nearly 1,500 Southern soldiers.

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Franklin is a neat little town with lots to see. I visited in the late fall after a frost so most of the plants in the garden were no longer with us, still is it a very nice walk... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Franklin is a neat little town with lots to see. I visited in the late fall after a frost so most of the plants in the garden were no longer with us, still is it a very nice walk around the grounds. The home is furnished with period furniture and a few original items. The tour guide was very knowledgeable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visiting Carter House first and then here made for a clear picture of the battle that day. This home is grand and thoughtfully restored. Blood stains on the wooden floor remain from that sorrowful day. It was shocking for my two teenage girls to see. They got a real view of war and what it did to a family. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Carnton Plantation is a nicely restored 19th century plantation that played a critical role as a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Franklin. The house tour takes you to both floors used as living space, which contain some furnishings original to the owners and some representative of the period. Our tour guide was fairly knowledgeable and encouraged questions by people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very knowledgeable tour guide. Amazing home with a great story. Highly recommend this tour. Make sure to walk the grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured Carnton while there were some re-enactment type displays, although they weren't well attended the day we were there. Very nice indoor and outdoor tourist location. Be sure to walk through the cemetery and the adjacent, large park area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really informative tour with many details and a lot of passion. Beautiful history of what took place at the bloodiest time of Civil War. Nice to see many portraits of the family who lived there. Hard to imagine the carnage, but important to try.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was given to us by Brad. He told this story with so much passion that we felt like we could have been there through it all. If you are a history buff this tour is definitely a must. We also did the Carter House and the Lotz House. All very well narrated. They are all kind of linked... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The plantation is part of the Battle of Franklin. Many soldiers were injured or died in this battle. Cemetery on the property.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eastern flank as it is described, saw lots of fighting just down the way from the Carnton Plantation house. Great walking trail with markers to describe what happened here. This use to be a golf course but thankfully it has been preserved now as it should have always been. Hallowed ground purchased with the blood of brave men.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I learned a lot about the Carnton family, the battle of Franklin, and the civil war cemetery. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun.

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