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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

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I loved all the history....
Michelle_P, Aug. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
I loved all the history. All the tour guides were excellent. They really brought the history to life.
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Step into the life
Francisco_S, Jul. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
seeing the bloodstained floors and shot up walls helps me decorate understand the sacrifice that was given to make the slave free and preserve the union.
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Very educational tour on...
James, Jun. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Very educational tour on the civil war. Carnton house was beautiful. What a story. Bus driver very knowledgeable.
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The holes shot into the...
Dina_K, Jul. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The holes shot into the walls of the Carter out buildings was unbelievable! To see that, brought home the carnage, the damage that would have been done to the bodies of the soldiers fighting there.
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Great tour!
Claudia_S, Jun. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
We loved the tour guide on the bus and the tour guides at each stop. Very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories and facts about the Battle of Franklin. We were extremely pleased with this excursion.
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Great civil war tour !
Chris, May 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Tour guide provided a nice overview of all the civil war events that happen in Franklin , Tennessee. I highly recommend the tour !
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Useful & informative tour
Helen_C, May 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Really enjoyable day a bit repetitive in parts but I personally liked that. Great guides who certainly brought history to ‘life’ & great driver. Learned lots today
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Great tour guides!
Leah_H, May 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
All of the tour guides we had at these houses were phenomenal! They were very well educated and passionate about their work, and really painted a picture of what it would have been like to be there during this time.
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The guides at all three...
marie_n, May 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The guides at all three houses were excellent! They made history come alive with personal stories of the people who lived in the houses.
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Reliving the past.
Kenneth_S, Apr. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Excellent adventure with an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. She made you feel like you were reliving the past. I would highly recommend this tour!
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Historic learning experience
Annette_C, Apr. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
Very informative and comprehensive. Exceeded my expectations. Great and exceptional guides on all venues.
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The guides at the houses...
Alexander_C, Apr. 2022
Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville
The guides at the houses were very knowledgeable and really brought the stories to life! Would definitely recommend.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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