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Carter House

1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
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The Carter House was built around 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. By the time of the Civil War it was a large agricultural operation. In the years leading up to the Civil War nearly thirty slaves lived and worked on the farm. The Carter home and property was consumed by the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. One of the Carter sons was mortally wounded during the terrible fighting and died in the house two days after the battle. House tours and battlefield tours are provided daily and 360 days a year.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
+1 615-791-1861
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Lots of bullet holes great story of the franklin civil war battle. Well worth the stop great tour guide very informative

Thank meme952
Reviewed yesterday

We visited the Carter House. Our tour guide was very informative. The grounds of the Carter House are beautiful. It was a great experience to learn about the Battle of Franklin that occurred at the Carter House during the Civil War. Being there made us...More

Thank BirdyK
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's easy to forget that war has a human face - the Carter House reminds you. Truly, this is some hallowed ground. The house itself is architecturally unimpressive, in comparison to others in the area . . . but wait until the guides begin pointing...More

Thank gormer
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's amazing that this house was witness to one of the fiercest short battles of The Civil War. They've done an incredible job finding period antiques and actual furniture from the Carter family descendants. From the bullet holes visible on the exterior of the house,...More

Thank Amelia B
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a critical battle late in the war. While much of the battlefield in Nashville has been lost to progress, the folks in Franklin have done a great job in preserving history. Start at the Carter House. The Carter house was the center of...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are a historian this is a must visit. The house is very a grand restoration of the Battle in 1864. The admission is a little hefty for a family but well worth it. the kids will love the bullet house and the cellar...More

Thank Clyde M
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are at all interested in history this is a place you must visit. Every spot outside and around and inside and in basement has stories and you will be told them by the excellent guides. You won't forget this house!

Thank CLMT2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

The scars left at the Carter House and the battlefield around it provides us with visual results of a useless war fought by brave men on both sides who thought they were in the right. No amount of flag waving, patriotic music, or tales of...More

Thank jdssr2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This house tour should be done first in my opinion as it was the most historically informative and laid better perspective to the battle as a whole. Note that the back porch of the house and its surrounding buildings are covered in bullet holes along...More

Thank Troy C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating tale about a family, a house, and key Civil War battle, perhaps one that helped determine the outcome of the war. The tour is just an hour, but it's well told. The bullet-scared walls, furniture, and more help you relive the horror and panic...More

Thank kdmc
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What is the admission price to see the historical homes in Franklin? Can tickets be purchased for all the home tours when we arrive or prior to and if reservations are needed to take the tours of the Carter House, etc. How long does it take to see the homes? Thank you!
9 April 2017|
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Response from MikeMChattanooga | Reviewed this property |
Tickets can be purchased for all three attractions at the first one you visit. Doing that saves you something like $11 per person.