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Carter House Museum near Nashville, TN

1140 Columbia Ave Franklin, TN 37064
The following tours go by Carter House Museum:
Nashville Civil War Tour: The Battle of Franklin Bus Tour Photo
5/30/2024 - 12/31/2024
From visiting the battlefield of Franklin to the Carter House and Carnton Plantation, the Civil War historical tour offers an in-depth look into both the American Civil War and the prevailing culture of the Tennessee area during the mid 19th century.
The following tours visit Carter House Museum:
Franklin Hop On & Hop Off Trolley Photo
5/30/2024 - 12/31/2024
Franklin, TN is a gorgeous and historical city that is a remarkable place to visit, and a hop on & hop off tour gives you the chance to see it all.
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Nestled in the heart of Franklin, Tennessee, just a short drive from the bustling city of Nashville, rests the historic Carter House Museum.

Most notable for its pivotal role in the Civil War, the Carter house bears the scars of the 1864 Battle of Franklin as a standing testament to the impactful history of the region. A National Historic Landmark, the Carter House offers a unique immersion into one of America's most tumultuous periods, making it an unmissable destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike.

Branding its mark in history in 1830, the Carter House, occupying a stretch of eight acres, became a silent eyewitness to one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War. The residence of Fountain Branch Carter and his family turned into the Union Army's headquarters during the historic Battle of Franklin. Today, the house remains suspended in time, featuring original family possessions and period furnishings that lend an authentic taste of the era. Visitors can anticipate a vivid walk through history, complemented by compelling stories shared by knowledgeable guides.

Among the myriad of highlights the Carter House presents, the most significant is its status as one of the most bullet-riddled buildings still standing from the Civil War. Its exterior is pockmarked with over a thousand bullet holes, a chilling reminder of the ferocity of the battle that took place here. Visitors can explore an authentically preserved farm office in the backyard, currently showcasing the most visible battle damage.

Another remarkable feature is the house's commanding view of the original battlefield. Today, this vast expanse of greenery adds to the location’s peacefulness, a stark contrast from its turbulent past. Exploring the garden, barn, and outbuildings further pivots a more profound understanding of mid-19th Century Southern life.

Transcending beyond being just a point of interest, the Carter House Museum offers a rich blend of history, architecture, and scenery. The museum complex delivers an immersive experience where guests can reflect on the home's past, witness a historic narrative through the battering on its walls, and appreciate the serenity of present-day Franklin. This juxtaposition of history and peace makes the Carter House a compelling stop for any traveler in the Nashville area, guaranteeing a profound impact long after you leave its timeless threshold.


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