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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 enslaved people...more
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1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The last of our three mansions in Franklin was this house. Trey was our guide and his vivid narrative of the house, grounds and battle helped bring the place alive In our minds. Blood stains on the floor, surgical instruments and stunning portraits of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 606cathys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This plantation is a time machine. It must be experienced! Franklin is rich in history as it is, but put Carton at the top of your list. This is where it all took place.<3

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GypsyMoonpi
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Great tour that was included with the Lotz House and Carter house. We learned a lot about the battle of Franklin and this house was also used for a hospital. Tour of house, gardens, and welcome center with video and cemetery.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Iloveoldhousetours
Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful visit to Carnton. Having toured many, many historical sites through out my years, I found our tour guide to be one of the best. The tour included not only the history of the house and grounds, but also stories of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ditto416
Reviewed 4 December 2018 via mobile

Leah was very knowledgeable and even quoted words from books and soldiers. Worth going to see the burial place of the soldiers after the battle. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Safari17172841363
Reviewed 26 November 2018

Great historical property to visit. The tour guide is what makes this special as you hear the story of how a Civil War battle unexpectedly broke out at the McGavock family property and their house converted to a makeshift hospital (as did many buildings in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Kelly J
Reviewed 22 November 2018

We visited the Carnton on a combination tour with two other sites from the Battle of Franklin. The experience was incredible. So much history occurred at these sites during a battle that many never knew happened. If you are looking for some interesting Civil War...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MaggiL14
Reviewed 16 November 2018

The plantation is beautiful. When you take this tour plus the Lotz home and the Carter House in Franklin you begin to understand the Civil War in this area of Tennessee. The house was in the middle of a battle and the many casualties were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jdck
Reviewed 14 November 2018

Our docent told us all about the battle of Franklin and the Carnton family, bringing that fateful night it to life. The house was a battlefield hospital and the family were heroic. The confederate graveyard helps you to understand the incredible loss of life in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank theatregoer2018
Reviewed 12 November 2018

This house was extraordinary the way they have recreated this house to it's former days. The history of what happened here was very well told. It was dark when we left, so no time to explore the grounds, but it looked like a lot more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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21 September 2017|
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Response from EricJacobson | Property representative |
Hi, You can indeed purchase the Value Ticket at any of the three sites. There is also a Combination Ticket for just Carter House and Carnton. Thanks.
LaDonna P
2 August 2017|
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Response from JudsonK_13 | Reviewed this property |
Above days and times correct. Major holidays include New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Also, the last tour begins at 4 p.m.
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