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Carnton

Carnton

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136 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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Worthwhile trip
Karl_K, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
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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History
Angie_L, Jun 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
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 from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
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 from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
The stories the tour guides told. They were so informed and passionate about the histories of the properties.
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Great time
Dennis_V, May 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
Great guilds, great value. My wife loves old historical homes and I love learning more about the Civil War so this tour was great for both of us. Highly recommended.
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Civil war tour
Heather, May 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
What a wonderful experience. Highly recommended. Amazing amount of info. Would go again with smaller group.
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Very informative!
Christopher_S, May 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and had answers to any questions asked. We were with a fun group of people. The driver was entertaining as well.
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Great tour
Beverly_E, Apr 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
Very small group! Nice and helpful and entertaining driver! Lots of information. We enjoyed the homes we visited especially Christina she was very knowledgeable and explained the battles in a understandable way, she has a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer all questions! Not disappointed with this Viator tour!
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Good experience
Russell_B, Apr 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
Great historical tour, highly recommended knowledgeable driver Thank you for the drive Lee, very enjoyable
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Great job!
Bryana_B, Mar 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
The tour guides did a great job. Visiting Franklin was great. Very knowledgeable. Have great advice on food to eat.
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Enjoyed it and learned a lot.
Beth_R, Mar 2021
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
Visiting the Carter house. Tour guide gave a great picture of how the battle was. The house and Family. The whole tour was great.
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Your guide Lee was great!
Dennis_J, Nov 2020
Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
Great historic trip. Tour guides and bus driver were great. They were all very knowledgeable about many topics.

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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