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A tour group of about 15-20 people was waiting to go inside the house.
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Carnton Plantation

1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-5pm and Sun. noon-5pm.
615-794-0903 2 hours
November 2011 Summer, Fall, Spring
$10-29 Franklin Tennessee
Website Historical Homes
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Carnton Plantation is a historic Federal style home and 48 acre property south of Franklin. The home served as a hospital for Confederate troops following the Civil War Battle of Franklin. A guided house tour lasts an hour. In addition to the main house, the property includes some outbuildings, a modest museum, an herb and vegetable garden, and Confederate cemetery.

Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by Randal McGavock. The 1,400 acre planation became prosperous and was inherited by McGavock’s son in 1843. In November 1864 Carnton had the misfortune to be in the direct path of a massive Confederate assault on Union lines a mile away. The battle was a complete disaster for the Southern cause; there were over 5,000 causalities in 5 hours of combat. Many wounded were brought to Carnton for care and eventual burial. The McGavock family personally tended to hundreds of soldiers. After the war, the house remained in the McGavock family till 1911. Following a succession of owners, it was donated to a local land trust in 1977.

Pictures are not permitted in the house, but it has been carefully restored to its Civil War appearance. As for the tour, the guide was informative and responsive to questions. Tour topics included home artifacts, the McGavocks and the battle itself. There are a few original furnishings to the McGavock family, such as china and a clock. A poignant aspect of the tour was a discussion of the plight of wounded soldiers evidenced by floorboards still bloodstained from their wounds and surgeries. The outlying buildings and museum were less interesting, though the museum did have a few notable historical photographs. Save a few minutes to visit the Confederate cemetery though to better appreciate the sacrifice of these brave men. Those interested in historic homes and military topics will most enjoy a visit here, but the house tour included enough detail on the McGavock family to have some appeal for a wider audience.
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