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Carnton

Carnton

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147 Reviews
1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin

The Basics

Carnton is only accessible with a tour guide, either on a classic 1-hour tour or an extended 90-minute tour. Tour tickets include access to the family cemetery, grounds, and gardens, so you can continue exploring on your own after the tour ends. For additional context, a visit to Carnton is often combined with other nearby attractions such as the Lotz House and the Carter House, either independently or as part of a guided, themed Civil War history tour from Nashville.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

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Civil war tour
Kathrine_N, Jul 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
This was a sobering day trip, but well worth it. Seeing the houses you got a real sense of how close the the fighting was.
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Fabulous tour
Laurel_H, Jul 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
A fabulous day. All 4 guides including the bus driver were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They took you back in history and painted such vivid pictures you thought you were there experiencing the battle. One of the best historical tours I have been on, even my 17 year old son really enjoyed the day.
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Franklin civil war tour
Aline_S, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
I highly recommend this tour, highly educational . All of our guides on this tour were exceptional . Sheila was our your guide on the Carnton Plantation , she was a book of knowledge and has so much passion for the history she tells !! Our time in quaint downtown Franklin was very enjoyable !
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Very educational
Martha_B, Jul 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The civil war history was enthralling. It would be wonderful if they had some sort of a relief model of the battlefield as it unfolded to help with visualization. Tour guide was great also! Really enjoyed it. All houses had folding chairs for disabled guests like me to sit down. Very courteous staff.
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Worthwhile trip
Karl_K, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Excellent information from the driver on the way down to the sites. Very good guide at the Carnton House. Excellent guide at Carter House. She made the visit exceptionally fun. Her presentation was full of information. Unfortunately the old gentleman at the Lotz House was extremely boring and everyone was tired of the way he presented information....just wanted the tour over. Enjoyed the music in the bus on the way home.
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Recommend
Brenda_B, Jul 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Interesting tour about a major Civil War battle that few have heard about and the families/houses involved. The tour guides were well informed and helped us visualize the battle and impact on families involved. The cemetery where 1,481 Confederate soldiers are buried is haunting. So many that never made it back home. Our bus driver was great but I forget his name! Date of tour June 28, 2021. Even if you're not a Civil War buff, I recommend.
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Fun and informative.
rachel_b, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Tour guide at Carter House was amazing. Jenny was funny and informative . Everyone was great from bus driver to tour guides
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It was a very interesting tour but I think it’s probably an hour longer than most people really want to go.
TJOE_L, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
It was a very interesting tour but I think it’s probably an hour longer than most people really want to go.
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Worth the cost
Beth_J, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
We had a great day with many lessons on history. Worth the cost. Bus was cool and comfortable. Will do other tours in the future.
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History
Angie_L, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The guides was so knowledgeable. When they were talking it made you feel like you were there during the war. Outstanding tour, I would definitely recommend it
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Fascinating Tour
Melissa_B, May 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
All of the guides were passionate and knowledgeable. I have a much greater appreciation for how this war shaped put country and still is in a lot of ways.
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Informed and passionate tour guides!
Denise_P, May 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The stories the tour guides told. They were so informed and passionate about the histories of the properties.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dress for the weather to fully enjoy the outdoor grounds.

  • A number of specialty tours on niche Civil War topics are available.

  • Only the first floor of the Carnton house is wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Carnton is in Franklin, Tennessee, a 40-minute drive from downtown Nashville. There’s no public transit to Carnton, so your best bet is to rent a car or join a guided tour that includes roundtrip transportation from Nashville.

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When to Get There

Carnton is open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Because much of the attraction is outside, plan your visit for the most temperate part of the day.

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Farm Field to Battlefield

Once home to Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock, Carnton was passed to McGavock’s son, John, and stayed in the family for many years, eventually becoming a top-producing farm in Williamson County. In 1864, Carnton became the site of the Battle of Franklin, where nearly 10,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured—all in the span of five hours. Adjacent to Carnton, the McGavock Cemetery, which is free and open to the public, is the final resting place for nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers.

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