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Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum

Lotz House Museum

1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, 37064

The Basics

Guided tours offer full access to the Lotz House, where you can peek into the kitchen and bedrooms, and witness first-hand the damage done during the battle. The house has been preserved as it was left, complete with original 19th-century furnishings, personal effects belonging to the Lotz family, and fine art works—along with the blood stains and holes left by the cannon fire. Learn about the Lotz family, relive the events of the Battle of Franklin through their eyes, and gain insight into the Civil War and its impact on the entire country.

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Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
star-4.5
$101.90 per adult
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Excellent
The tour guide on the bus was full of lots of information as well as all the tour guides in each house.
Patricia_M, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

star-4
Enjoyed it
Bruce_J, Dec 2021
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Bus driver was informative and knew his material as did the other tour guides. Several guests and us had trouble especially standing for long periods of time in one spot to listen to the various guides. Very well presented.
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 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
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
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-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-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
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.
star-5
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.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • As well as being a must for history buffs, the Lotz House Museum offers an interactive and engaging way to teach children about Civil War history.
  • Admission tickets include a guided tour and advance bookings are recommended. Children under 6 are free.
  • There is a museum shop on-site where you can purchase Civil War books, DVDs, and memorabilia.
  • The museum is not wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

Lotz House is located at the corner of Columbia Avenue and Fowlkes Avenue, a half-mile (1-kilometer) south of Franklin. There is no public transport but it is possible to walk from town—an about 10-15-minute walk. Free parking is available for those with their own transportation.

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When to Get There

Lotz House is open daily year-round. Sunday tours are held in the afternoon only. Look out for seasonal events such as the Christmas candlelight tours and Halloween ghost tours.

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Civil War Sites in Franklin Tennessee

Three key sites tell the story of the Battle of Franklin. After visiting the Lotz House Museum, head across the street to the Carter House, now preserved as a museum, which remains riddled with bullets from the battle. Visitors can see the basement where the family and their neighbors, including the Lotz family, hid out while the battle raged outside. A few miles south, visit the Carnton Plantation, where Confederate units prepped for battle and hear how the plantation owners, the McGavocks, transformed their house into a war hospital and cemetery for fallen soldiers.

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Lotz House Museum