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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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  • Home and grounds were beautifully taken care of, the tour guide was amazing ! He told the history of the house, the grounds and surrounding town.  more »
  • This was a really good tour. The guide, was very knowledgeable on the Battle of Franklin and Carnton's role. You could really imagine how things played out that day. The house is in good condition...  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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