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Battle of Franklin Trust - Carnton formal dining room.
Carnton Plantation formal dining.

Battle of Franklin Trust - The Carter House.
The Carter House.

Battle of Franklin Trust - Carnton bedroom.
 Carnton Plantation bedroom.

Battle of Franklin Trust - Carter House luminaries.
The Carter House luminaries.

Battle of Franklin Trust - Carnton Plantation.
Carnton Plantation.





The Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is dedicated to a better understanding of the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War. Two historic landmarks witnessed the carnage firsthand: The Carter House and Carnton Plantation.

The Carter House
The Carter House, built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The modest brick home was commandeered to be used as the Federal command post while the Carter family, and one other family, sought refuge in the basement during the fighting which erupted on their property. This Registered Historic Landmark has been open to the public since 1953 and serves as a memorial to the Battle of Franklin and the Carter family.

Carnton Plantation
Carnton was built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock.  His son, John, inherited the house in 1843.  The McGavock family was also directly impacted by the Battle of Franklin and found their home used as a field hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers.  Carnton became the largest such hospital in the area following the battle.  After the war John and his wife, Carrie, set aside nearly two acres of their own property so that the remains of Southern dead who died as a result of the Battle of Franklin might be properly buried.  The house has been open to the public since the late 1970s and allows visitors to better understand the humanity which often appears in the midst of war.

The Battle of Franklin Trust
... is a 501 (c) (3) management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the November 30, 1864 battle. It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.



Plan A Visit

The Carter House
1140 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37065
Call 615.791.1861
Monday thru Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 12 noon to 5 p.m.
For more information please
CLICK HERE .


Carnton Plantation
1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064

Call 615.794.0903
Monday thru Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 12:00 noon to 5 p.m.
For more information please CLICK HERE .


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