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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville
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A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock and it was a large working farm. Over forty slaves lived and worked at Carnton in the years leading up to the Civil War. 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
+1 615-794-0903

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The ground were beautiful go here first to give you a reference of distance to franklin. This is where the confederate cane marching to franklin. The cemetery is a fascinating story. It was a confederate hospital

Thank meme952
Reviewed 3 days ago

If walls could talk, these ones would have a story to tell. The McGavock home breathes history. The floorboards still bear the bloodstains of its time as a Confederate hospital on the night of the Battle of Franklin. The family's own story, and the tale...More

Thank gormer
Reviewed 4 days ago

Unfortunately we didn't have time to do the combo tour, so I picked this one. What a beautiful home, interesting story and great tour. The museum is small. The tour was interesting even if maybe a little slow in places. Amazing what this family had...More

Thank JStarkey2
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had an amazing tour guide who helped make the plantation come to life! I love history and learning about the family who lived here during the bloodiest battle of the civil war, that took place right here. Quite amazing! You could see the blood...More

Thank wehngirlsatitagain
Reviewed 5 days ago

The guide was very knowledgeable about the Battle of Franklin and the stories of this planation so central to the Battle. The restoration is AAA [plus. The setting breath taking. Enormous grounds and grand parking and exhibit center and gift shop. A must for any...More

Thank Clyde M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed in Franklin a night on the way home from Chattanooga to NE. We spent some time in town and were told to go to Carnton Plantation for a tour of the house and visit the grounds where the east flank of the confederate...More

Thank dwigg
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Battle of Franklin was a critical battle. This home played a part in it. More the family and their good deed. That is better appreciated with a walk through the Confederate Cemetery at no charge. The house has some interest to it but lacks...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was an Interesting tour with lots of well-presented information. The house and gardens are lovely, and the guide presented a lot of fascinating information about the family who lived here.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I so wanted to see Carnton in 2005 but didn't get there till this year and it was worth the wait and travel to see it. Kind of breathtaking in every aspect, beauty, history, completeness. It is joy (though a sober one) to visit and...More

Thank CLMT2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

As with many antebellum homes we visit, most of the mansion has been restored to its former beauty of days gone by. What makes the Carnton so special is it was also used as a surgery and hospital after the Battle of Franklin. Parts of...More

Thank jdssr2016
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Katie G
Can you visit the plantain without taking a tour and without paying?
25 May 2017|
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Response from Wayland L | Reviewed this property |
I can't say for sure since our hosts paid for our tickets. I know you must have a ticket to enter the plantation house, but I think you can walk around the grounds (gardens and cemeteries) without purchasing a ticket since... More
Alison T
So for 2 adults and 2 children to visit the trio of houses it would cost $48 for the kids and $90 for us for the discounted 3 houses ticket - so that's $138! It 's not affordable for us to visit more than 1 place with the two kids.
15 April 2017|
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Response from schultee | Reviewed this property |
To be honest my kids were bored at all three houses, 7 and 9. It was more of an adult thing. The best house/tour was the carter house. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
What is the price for children ages 9 & 13
5 April 2017|
Response from EricJacobson | Property representative |
Hi, the price for children aged 6-15 is $8 per child. Thanks.