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Carnton

Carnton

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

star-5
Best story time.
Rita_W, Nov 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The driver was very knowledgable. I really loved how he told you back end story's as we drove. The town of Franklin was beautiful. Needed more time to shop.
star-5
The stories bring it to...
John_H, Nov 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The stories bring it to life. And the intense flood of emotion as you enter the cemetery was overwhelming.
star-5
Great tour
Carol_W, Sep 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
This tour was great. The tour guide was wonderful. We really enjoyed the Carter and Carnton stops. The guides there were great. Could have skipped the Lotz house.
star-4
Humanized the battle of Franklin
Susan_J, Aug 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The passion of the guides at Carnton and Carter house were amazing. Made me cry.. they humanized a bloody battle and wove it into the story of the Civil War. The Lotz house tour should have been between the two and cut down to about 20 minutes. There was very little that tied into the other two and didn't ads to the overall story
star-5
Great history lesson
Bob_D, Oct 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Listening to a Civil war history that is not well known, but really interesting ! A must do for anyone that likes civil war stories and history.
star-5
The tour was amazing
DIANE_S, Oct 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The bus driver was knowledgeable and informative. The guides at the plantation houses were great and made the story come alive. It is the only way to truly understand what happened at the battle and the aftermath.
star-5
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 !
star-5
Makes the Civil War come to life
Jessica_V, Sep 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
All three locations were great stops to bring the Civil War to life. The tour guides at all three locations were fabulous! Highly recommend this tour to get a glimpse into American history!
star-5
Guides were...
Lisa_B, Sep 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Guides were knowledgeable. This was a very educational trip. Bus driver was pleasant and that made this trip enjoyable
star-5
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.
star-5
Great Day at the Battle of Franklin
Holly_F, Sep 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Great tour, and Franklin is such a quaint town. The tour guides were interesting, but 7 hours is tiring. The bus, though is comfortable and our driver also had a lot of stories and showed us points of interest.
star-5
Well worth your time!
Betty_M, Aug 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The knowledge of our guides! The sites are beautifully restored and preserved! The air conditioned was nice as well.

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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