Calendar of Events

Events at The Carter House & Carnton Plantation

Events at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation provide opportunities for exploring these historic sites in a whole different way. From the Carnton Sunset Concert Series to Blue & Gray Days, there is something for everyone.

Upcoming Events

Battle Scarred: The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin
Special Exhibition at Carnton Plantation

Open now through April 26, 2015
The 1,600 square foot gallery of the Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation has been entirely transformed and open to the public for eight months. The display features never before exhibited objects, many of which have not been together for 150 years. Incorporating artifacts, graphic elements, light and sound, the exhibit is the first of its kind in Franklin. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Admission does not include a house tour. Click here for more information!

Vintage Base Ball
April 12, 2015
Start time TBA
After nearly 150 years, a Civil War-era style of baseball will once again be played in Tennessee. Vintage base ball (yes, it was two words in the 1860s) was revived in the Mid-South when the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball was formed in 2013. Carnton Plantation is pleased to be the home field for the Franklin Farriers. The base ball games are free to the public. Click here to visit the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball website!

McGavock Dinner
April 24, 2015

The McGavock Dinner is our special way of honoring major donors of The Battle of Franklin Trust. At this annual black tie event held at Carnton Plantation, guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet dinner. Reservations are required. Please contact Morgan Harris at (615) 794-0903 or for more information.

Vintage Base Ball
May 3, 2015
Double header - start times TBA

The Big Payback
May 5, 2015

The Big Payback is coming May 5, 2015, and The Battle of Franklin Trust is excited to take part in this monumental fundraising event! The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide online giving day that’s a special occasion to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits. Click here to read more!

Vintage Base Ball
May 17, 2015
Double header - start times TBA

McGavock Confederate Cemetery Symposium
June 18, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a special evening that will include dinner and discussions about the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Speakers include Eric A. Jacobson, Nancy Bassett, and Rod Heller. Tickets are limited and will go on sale soon. All proceeds benefit the McGavock Confederate Cemetery Corporation and The Battle of Franklin Trust.

Vintage Base Ball
June 21, 2015
Double header - start times TBA

Carnton Sunset Concert Series
Dates TBA

Carnton Plantation serves as a unique venue for friends and families to relax and listen to some of the area's most talented musicians. The gates open at 4:30 pm and the music lasts from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Guests are welcome to pack picnic dinners or take advamtage of on-site food and beverage vendors. Check back soon for more information!

Vintage Base Ball
July 12, 2015
Double header - start times TBA

Vintage Base Ball Tournament
Septemeber 12 - 13, 2015
Start times TBA

Blue & Gray Days
November 6 - 7, 2015

Blue & Gray Days draws hundreds of school children and adult spectators every year. Hosted by both The Carter House and Carnton Plantation, guests will mee Civil War re-enactors and get hands on experience with cloths, trades, and weapons of the past. This living history experience is the perfect field trip and great for families. For additional details or to make field trip reservations, please contact Angell Roberts at (615) 794-0903 or

The 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and Annual Illumination
November 30, 2015

To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries, representing the casualties of the battle, will be lit at dusk. This event is free to the public. More details will be announced in fall 2015.


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