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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
+1 615-794-0903
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 August 2003

I visited the Carnton Plantation in may 2003, on a humid and very very wet day. I knew little about the Civil WAr and was concerned that this may mean that i did dont get as much from the visit as would the american friends...More

23  Thank Mair_Pix
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We have been to Carnton before, but did not tour the house. I was very excited to go back and see inside the house and hear the stories of the family that I had read about. I was very disappointed with our tour guide. I...More

16  Thank Lisa B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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

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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

Thank theatregoer2018
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

Thank Lynne B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very historic house and is a MUST if you visit Franklin. It it odd to stand n the very place that was on a battefield and had 6 dead Confederate generals laying on the porch. Some floors have permanent blood stains. the...More

Thank Ed C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful home and grounds! Our tour guide was excellent! The history is captivating. After touring the home, grounds and cemetery, it made me want to learn more about the family and all those who were affected by the battle in Franklin.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took the $18.00 pp adult tour. Our guide was excellent and extremely informative. But we thought the tour should have included more, the slave house the cemetery etc, which are extra costs. Recommend for all if your interested in knowing civil...More

Thank Lodi48
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is very well preserved. It was educational and emotional. The tour guide was excellent. Was able to explain with details what took place in that house, how affected the lives of the people living there at that time and the course of the...More

Thank Discover56873259912
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, informative and sad all at the same time. I'm so glad that we went. The house and grounds contain so much history. Be sure to walk through the cemetery and around the grounds.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went yesterday with friends to learn the story of this historic place. Brad did an awesome job setting the stage for this place, this time, the family and the war. No bias, just the facts. Take the time to hear the story. It will give...More

Thank Bart P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here knowing nothing about Carnton or the Battle of Franklin and left in awe! A great tour talking about the history of the house, the family, and of course the battle. The grounds are peaceful and the Confederate cemetery cannot be missed. I'm...More

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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.
Katie G
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