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Battle of Franklin Trust - Carnton slave quarters.
One of 11 slave dwellings
formerly on the property.

Battle of Franklin Trust - Carnton family parlor.
View of the rear parlor.

Battle of Franklin Trust - Carnton Winder McGavock bedroom.
Blood stains on the nursery floor.

Battle of Franklin Trust  - McGavock children.
Three of the McGavock children.


The goal of the Education Department is to reach out to visitors of all ages with unique programs designed to foster a better understanding of the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War. The history of this battle is often ignored in most school textbooks and history books, yet it is crucial to the Western Theater of the Civil War, and ultimately the outcome of the war. Our education programs for both the Carter House and Carnton Plantation not only detail the Battle of Franklin but also incorporate the lives of the families of those two homes. We offer a variety of different platforms including Hands-On History, Scout Programs, Summer Camps, Traveling Trunks, and of course field trips. School programs are all designed keeping in mind TCAP standards.

Please view the individual tabs to learn about our current programs. Check back frequently for new programs and opportunities!

Field Trips - Click here for more information!

Calicos and Cadets

Stay tuned for more information on our 2015 camps!

Join us for our annual summer camp and take a step back in time to learn about life during the Civil War. We are looking for boys and girls between the ages of 6-12 who have an interest in history and the Civil War. Camp will feature reenactors, crafts, activities, and of course the always popular drilling!

Contact Angell Roberts at 615.786.1864 or for questions.

Hands-on History

These classes are designed to give children ages 5-12 a look at how people lived during the Civil War. Children will learn about a particular topic and participate in an activity or craft related to that topic. Programs are two hours long and the cost is $15 per child.

For reservations please contact Angell Roberts at 615.786.1864 or Reservations required!

2014 Classes - Click here for more details!
December 20 - Christmas in Carrie’s Attic (at Carnton)

Scouts - Click here for more information!

Juniors Try-Its Workshops
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