Civil War Tour From Nashville With Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission - Franklin

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Nashville hotels
    Directions: Please be ready at your hotel lobby at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Hotel Pickups commence prior to this tim.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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 wars dark history as you visit the Lotz House and Carter House, which still bear bullet holes and blood stains. Youll also tour the Carnton Plantation 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

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Youll 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.

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.

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.

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, youll be taken back to your Nashville hotel.


Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Carter House

Entry/Admission - Lotz House Museum

Entry/Admission - Carnton


Food and drinks


Lunch (Lunch is on your own in downtown Franklin.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Lunch on your own in downtown Franklin.

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  • 19-Feb-2020

    This was probably one of my most favorite things to do during the week I was in Nashville.
    A must do! I took the tour on Mon Feb 10th and the last house (Lotz House) was the best.
    I just loved the lady volunteer who shared the story of the house's inhabitants (sorry I didn't get her name).
    This was a Grayline tour - 12 passenger van - our driver (Terry) only had me and 1 other couple! We felt like VIPs, Kudos to the tour operator for still running it and not disappointing us.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    Loved the tours, the guides were so informative and I felt I didn't miss anything as they described the stories in such detail! So tragic but interesting.

  • 09-Oct-2019

    Great history with excellent guides. Really understood the significance of the Battle of Franklin after the tour.

  • 01-Aug-2019

    Everything was wonderful. The drivers for all of the gray line tours were friendly and very helpful.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    During this trip we went on 3 house tours and a lunch break. We saw a lot in a short amount of time. The lunch break went by quickly, no time to shop or look around in Franklin. The bus that shuttled us from place to place was VERY HOT! We arrived back at the bus station an hour later than planned because it took almost two hours to drop everyone off at their hotels. We accommodated the company by being at the tour headquarters and felt no recourse was given for that. The company would not pick us up because they said we were out of their pick up zone however, on the way to drop everyone else off, we discovered that we could have been picked up. We left at 7:30 a.m. and did not arrive back to our B and B until 6:30 p.m. We were HOT and DONE! If the air conditioning on the bus was adequate we would not have had such a sour taste. Not very happy with this trip.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    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.

  • 08-May-2019

    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!

  • 10-Apr-2019

    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

  • 02-Nov-2018

    My husband and I loved the tour, ALL of the tour guides were VERY knowledgeable and showed GREAT passion!!

  • 01-Oct-2018

    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.

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