Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era. The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at “the epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The House was the most heavily damaged structure on the Franklin battlefield. Walk in to witness the damage from the cannon balls that crash through the house and numerous bloodstains on all the floors. Plus on this tour, your will learn about the family, the Master Wood Worker who built the home by himself, how the family survived and how the bloody battle affected them for the balance of their lives! Reservation are not required for Guided tours of the historic home. In addition, walking battlefield tours and an archeological tours are also available, but please call for reservations. Please join us as we step back into Civil War history.
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  • Alisa K
    Bountiful, Utah14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lotz House-great Civil War History
    Enjoyed a day trip to Franklin Tennessee. If you like quaint old towns and civil war history, this is the place for you. Lotz House was great. Seth, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. Would definitely recommend a stop by. Plan on about an hour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Eric G
    Utah575 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Civil War House Tour
    Lotz was an architect who built his dream home prior to the Civil War. The house sustained extensive damage during the Battle of Franklin. The guided tour was very interesting and well worth an hour. The guide was animated and extremely knowledgable.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 June 2023
  • Co
    Vernon Hills, Illinois2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Guide; Compelling History
    JT is a compelling historical storyteller. He brings to life the people and the times of the Lotz family during the time of the Battle of Franklin, before and after. We very much enjoyed our visit and highly recommend spending an hour for the tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Doug M
    Brentwood, Tennessee2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive tour
    Wonderful tour with J.T. ! Lived in Nashville over 25 years and popped in on a spur of the moment while in Franklin. Very enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour guide. Great to have an understanding of what this home was during the Battle of Franklin and to see it still standing today! Thanks J.T. !
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Lori R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this incredible house and family!
    JT was so passionate and informative about the home and had such a depth of knowledge of the family! He shared the information with such enthusiasm that we left feeling like we knew the family. The stories he shared were just incredible! We would highly recommend visiting the house.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Bill A
    Edmond, Oklahoma1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lotz House Civil War Museum - Chuck is the best
    Chuck was a great tour guide with a wealth of information, more than we could have expected anywhere else. He made the experience a great one! Chuck is a great teacher and tries to connect the story that he's telling to where you are from or your background so he gets to know you and relates that to the civil war.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Donna H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding experience
    Our hiking club visited the Lotz House in Franklin today. We had an amazing tour with our guide, Kelly Kautzman. She is very knowledgeable and kept us quite entertained with her stories about the battle of Franklin, the Lotz family, and the house itself. I had no idea of the history of this place! I would strongly recommend it for anyone interested in the Civil War and Tennessee’s role in it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Jodi V
    Orlando, Florida29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour guide made an interesting visit amazing.
    The Lotz House tour was full of surprises. We learned about carpentry, a renowned artist for her time, and most fascinating of all was how the battle of Franklin affected the 700 residents of the community. Tour guide Kelli showed her expertise in the subject matter. She kept three children involved in a tour that could have been boring. Thanks Kelli for providing a great experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • S A
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly Recommend if visiting Franklin
    Excellent tour of the Lotz family home and insight into the Battle of Franklin. Our tour guide Kristen did a fantastic job of bringing the Civil War Battle of Franklin to life with her in depth description. The house contains many Battle of Franklin artifacts and original paintings from the Lotz daughter, a gifted artist. Gift shop on site. Highly recommend this tour if visiting Franklin.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Leslie
    Kirkland, Washington3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I Never Tire of Visiting the Lotz House
    This was my fourth visit to the Lotz House. Each time I've gone through the tour I learn something new. This time, Kelly, our tour guide, took us across the street to another building that housed some antiques and a room that had a map and diorama of the battle to help us visualize and give us a better idea of what it was like at the time the battle took place. I questioned her about many of the items displayed in the dining room and the parlor and she had an interesting explanation for each. She was extremely knowledgeable and fun. I understand Kelly also does tours specializing in women of the era, which I hope to catch on another trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 September 2023
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Chattanooga, TN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
Interesting guided tour, with some info re Battle of Franklin and lots of info on the Lotz family. Will was our tour guide and was excellent!
Written 11 June 2024
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L W A
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June 2024 • Friends
Guide / presenter was excellent! Interesting history of the property and its family who first built the home. Their struggles thru the civil war and the battle of Franklin water amazing! The family history of the children’s lives adds to the story as well!
Written 11 June 2024
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Kelly
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We did the tour with Seth. He was very informative & answered any questions we had. The tour did not go very in-depth. Seth gave a quick talk about each room & only pointed out furniture pieces the Lotz family made. All the period pieces were beautiful to look at, but we didn’t feel like it was a $14 tour.
Written 6 June 2024
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Rebecca K
Portland, ME27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
Chuck was a knowledgeable tour guide. He was friendly and gave a balanced view of the house’s Civil War story. I enjoyed learning not only about the battle story but also about the home’s furnishings.
Written 3 June 2024
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Matt M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
We were incredibly pleased with this tour. Our entertaining retired history teacher tour guide, Chuck, brought the drama of what unfolded in the Lotz Family’s front yard on that cataclysmic day to life. Chuck reminded me of the experts in Ken Burn’s Civil War in the way that he used stories/anecdotes to take us right back to 1864. Besides the insightful experience of being the epicenter of battle, the house is full of a wonderful collection of 19th century antiques rivaling the collections of some major museums. This place is a gem and well worth a dedicated visit.
Written 1 June 2024
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Bonnie C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Chuck, our tour guide, did a fantastic job taking us back in time to feel like one of the Lotz family during the Civil War. Original home with several artifacts found in local area. This house museum is beautifully decorated with several lovely period pieces as well as antiques belonging to the Lotz family. Very worthwhile to visit whether coming from out of town or checking it out as a local Franklinite. Highly recommend.
Written 31 May 2024
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Jonah M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Highly recommend! Our tour guide, Will, was incredibly insightful about the history of the house, the Battle of Franklin, and the story of the Lotz family. His passion for the subject and knowledge of the time period made this one of the best historical sites we’ve visited.
Written 28 May 2024
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Gene G
High Ridge, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The house is well maintained and you can get really close to the art pieces!
the tour is a good length of time and our tour guide (his name is Will) really did a great job of keeping our attention and with his passion about history. Thanks Will!
Would highly recommend!
Thanks
Written 25 May 2024
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Jason H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Good experience, thanks for preserving the special time of history. It's so different to see what had happened then, and hopefully people will never allow this happen again.
Written 20 May 2024
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Telisha C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A must do while in the Franklin, Tn area and when you go ask for Chuck as your guide! The Lotz House played a very important part in the history of the Civil War!
Written 18 May 2024
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