Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
Get an inside look at the bloodiest hours of the American Civil War on this tour from Nashville to Franklin, the site of the famous Battle of Franklin in 1864. Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the war’s dark history as you visit the Carter House and Lotz House, which still bear bullet holes and blood stains. You’ll also tour the Carnton and learn about its role during and after the war, when it became the country's largest private Confederate cemetery.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Step back in time on a history tour
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Gray Line Tours, Nashville, TN 37201
You’ll be picked up from your Nashville hotel in the morning and taken by comfortable coach to Franklin, a nearby city that played a key role in the American Civil War.
Visit sites near where the Union and Confederate armies fought and hear stories from your knowledgeable guide about the Battle of Franklin, fought on November 30, 1864 and known by many as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War.
Duration: 7 hours
Stop At: Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
Stop by the Carter House, located at the center of the Union position during the battle. The house and its outer buildings still show hundreds of bullet holes.
Stop At: Carnton, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
Next, enjoy free time in the quaint town of Franklin to shop, eat (own expense) and view other historic sites. You will then journey to the Carnton Plantation, ordered to be a Confederate field hospital by a Southern General and then made an eternal memorial to the Confederate soldiers by the mistress of the house.
Now, the plantation is home to the largest private Confederate cemetery in the US. Tour the plantation with your guide and hear narrative descriptions about that fateful battle and the aftermath of the war. After your tour, you’ll be taken back to your Nashville hotel.
Stop At: Lotz House Museum, 1111 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3616
At the Lotz House, which became a hospital after the battle, see cannon ball holes and bloodstains on the floors and walls, which bear witness to the savage nature of this horrific conflict. After touring these houses, you will be able to imagine how the residents of Franklin felt when they emerged from their homes on the morning after the battle to find more than 9,500 casualties.
- Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
- Book Your Package On-Line and Receive Your Confirmation
- Departure point: Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Nashville hotelsDirections: Please be ready at your hotel lobby at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Hotel Pickups commence prior to this time.
- Duration: 7 hours (Approx.)
- Departure Time: 9:00 AM
- Return Details: Returns to original departure point
- Civil War & Plantation Tour from Nashville
- Round-Trip Transportation Aboard Air-Conditioned Shuttle
- Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
- Admission to Lotz House
- Admission to Carter House
- Admission to Carnton Plantation
- Free time to explore downtown Franklin or stop quickly for lunch
- Entry/Admission - Gray Line Tours
- Entry/Admission - Carter House
- Entry/Admission - Carnton
- Entry/Admission - Lotz House Museum
- Lunch (Lunch is on your own in downtown Franklin)
What To Bring
- Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
- Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
- A Smile!
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Lunch on your own in downtown Franklin.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Accessibility: ADA-compliant vehicles are available for most tours if you provide us with a 48-hour notice. After scheduling your tour, please contact our Dispatch Office to confirm availability.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- We do not require our guests to wear face masks, but we do encourage you to wear them when you are within 6’ of another guest outside your household.
Average 4.58 out of 5 stars based on 73 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor.
Everything was wonderful. The drivers for all of the gray line tours were friendly and very helpful.
I was impressed with all of our guide's knowledge of the era, and the area. This is a great tour for Civil War buffs.
We had such a wonderful time on this tour! The lady (I'm sorry - can't remember her name) was a fascinating tour guide and so knowledgeable. Franklin has such an interesting military history. Would highly recommend this!
The tour was outstanding! I loved every minute. Every single person was so knowledgeable about civil war events and history. Our bus driver was so great! He knew all the history and answered questions about Tennessee. He even dropped me off where I was meeting me my friends.
The farm tours were so informative and intriguing
My husband and I loved the tour, ALL of the tour guides were VERY knowledgeable and showed GREAT passion!!
Full day tour packed with information. Saw three homes, learned about the families and their role in the Battle of Franklin history. Saw the cemetery at the Battlefield Park. Very moving. Terry was out driver. Knowledgeable about the battle and the area. Would take this tour again. Worth the price.
The Battle of Franklin is probably the best kept secret of the Civil War as most have not heard of it 's significance. The tour was extremely educational offering gruesome accounts of what took place on those hallowed fields and in the homes as 2 powerful American armies faced off to determine the fate of our nation. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and presented the stories of the soldiers and the non-militants who endured the carnage and then offered aid to all with gravity and humor. We have and will continue to recommend the tour. It is fabulous.
All three houses and the family stories attached were amazing ... but the Carter House is amazing! The history is amazing!
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Product code: COOL-3131CIVILWAR
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