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Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this full-day tour from Nashville. The Battle of Franklin was one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army. On this tour, see the bullet and cannon ball holes as well as the battle-scarred floors that still bear witness to the carnage of this dark time in history. Spend time in the town of Franklin to shop, eat and view its historic sites. Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Civil War and plantation tour in Franklin from Nashville
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the Battle of Franklin, known as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War
  • Visit the Lotz House and Carter House, which were used in the war and still have bullet holes and blood stains
  • Tour the Carnton Plantation and learn about its role during the Civil War and in the years that followed
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach included
  • Great tour for history buffs!
Civil War & Plantation Tour from Nashville
Round-Trip Transportation Aboard Air-Conditioned Shuttle
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Admission to Lotz House
Admission to Carter House
Admission to Carnton Plantation
Free time to explore downtown Franklin or stop quickly for lunch
Gratuities
Lunch (Lunch is on your own in downtown Franklin)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Nashville hotels

Directions: Please be ready at your hotel lobby at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Hotel Pickups commence prior to this time.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
This full-day tour begins with a hotel pickup in Nashville in an air-conditioned coach, followed by a 30-minute drive south to the town of Franklin.

Once in Franklin, visit those sites close to where the Union and Confederate armies fought during the Civil War. Hear stories from the knowledgeable guide about the Battle of Franklin, fought on November 30, 1864 and known by many as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War.

Visit the Carter House, which served as the Federal headquarters during the battle, and the Lotz House, which became a makeshift field hospital after the war. Both places have been refurbished, but still show their battle scars from the war with bullet and cannonball holes as well as blood stained floors and walls. 

Then, spend time in the town of Franklin to shop, eat (own expense) and view some of its historic sites. From there, it’s off to the Carnton Plantation, a 48-acre farm which also served as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of Franklin. A graveyard for the Confederate soldiers that perished remains — the largest private Confederate cemetery in the United States.

A return trip to Nashville ends this historic tour.
Itinerary
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Gray Line Tours
You’ll be picked up from your Nashville hotel in the morning and taken by comfortable coach to Franklin, a nearby city that played a key role in the American Civil War. Visit sites near where the Union and Confederate armies fought and hear stories from your knowledgeable guide about the Battle of Franklin, fought on November 30, 1864 and known by many as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Carter House
Stop by the Carter House, located at the center of the Union position during the battle. The house and its outer buildings still show hundreds of bullet holes.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Carnton
Next, enjoy free time in the quaint town of Franklin to shop, eat (own expense) and view other historic sites. You will then journey to the Carnton Plantation, ordered to be a Confederate field hospital by a Southern General and then made an eternal memorial to the Confederate soldiers by the mistress of the house. Now, the plantation is home to the largest private Confederate cemetery in the US. Tour the plantation with your guide and hear narrative descriptions about that fateful battle and the aftermath of the war. After your tour, you’ll be taken back to your Nashville hotel.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lotz House Museum
At the Lotz House, which became a hospital after the battle, see cannon ball holes and bloodstains on the floors and walls, which bear witness to the savage nature of this horrific conflict. After touring these houses, you will be able to imagine how the residents of Franklin felt when they emerged from their homes on the morning after the battle to find more than 9,500 casualties.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Lunch on your own in downtown Franklin.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Accessibility: ADA-compliant vehicles are available for most tours if you provide us with a 48-hour notice. After scheduling your tour, please contact our Dispatch Office to confirm availability.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Nashville

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission.
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What is the social distancing policy during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
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This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Cristy_B
, Oct 2020
We had a wonderful tour bus guide, Lee Johnson, the actual tour at the homes were wonderful and the guys were super knowledgeable!!
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Great trip!
Joe_B
, Oct 2020
Every tour guide, including the driver, was wonderful. Everyone was very knowledgeable about the Civil War battle and made each stop on the trip memorable. I highly recommend this excursion!
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Alison_L
, Mar 2020
Fab day out with a knowledgeable guide. The tour was definitely worth it. The tour gives a good and accurate account of the civil war
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Great Tour and Experience
Rich
, Feb 2020
The tour was great. The driver was very friendly and informative both on the way to Franklin and back to Nashville. He also showed us a good part of Franklin. The guides at all 3 houses were great and very passionate about the houses, Franklin, and the Battle of Franklin. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in the Batyle of Ftanklin and/or the town of Franklin.
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Great Tour and Experience
Rich
, Feb 2020
The tour was great. The driver was very friendly and informative as we rode to and from Franklin; also drove around Franklin showing us several sites. The tours of the 3 houses were also great and led by very informative guides who had a passion for the history of the houses, the city of Franklin, and the Battle of Franklin. All in all, a great experience. I would highly recommend this tour.
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Stepping Back in Time!
Donna_S
, Feb 2020
This was probably one of my most favorite things to do during the week I was in Nashville. A must do! I took the tour on Mon Feb 10th and the last house (Lotz House) was the best. I just loved the lady volunteer who shared the story of the house's inhabitants (sorry I didn't get her name). This was a Grayline tour - 12 passenger van - our driver (Terry) only had me and 1 other couple! We felt like VIPs, Kudos to the tour operator for still running it and not disappointing us.
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Civil War Tours
cstearns8
, Feb 2020
The tour guides Kerrie, Jim, and Allison were excellent. Learned so much from each of them. The house with the bullet holes really made you stop and think about what they were going through and how scary it must have been for them.
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Civil war tour
albej895
, Jan 2020
There was a small group of nine on tour driver was punctual on the pick up and very knowledgeable keeping us entertained with facts throughout the drive. Tour guides at each location were terrific and the story of each house and their respective family were interesting and inspiring. Loved visiting town of Franklin had just enough time to walk through the town and grab lunch. Great way to learn a little about the civil war and see the countryside even saw some homes of country musics stars on return trip. Would recommend this tour!
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Meander03052741870
, Nov 2019
Loved the tours, the guides were so informative and I felt I didn't miss anything as they described the stories in such detail! So tragic but interesting.
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Great Guides!
LyndaG256
, Oct 2019
Great history with excellent guides. Really understood the significance of the Battle of Franklin after the tour.

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