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  • Address: 1111 Columbia Avenue
  • Hours: Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
  • Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (65+) $9, Children ages 7–13 $5, Children 6 and under Free

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Lotz House Museum

In the late 1850s, a German immigrant named Johann Albert Lotz put the finishing touches on a house that he had built in Franklin, Tennessee. A skilled carpenter and piano maker, Lotz used his new home to showcase his work to potential clients. A few short years later, on Nov. 30, 1864, 20,000 Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War marched into Franklin, constructing barricades a mere 100 yards from Lotz's home. The Lotz family sought refuge from the battle in a neighbor's basement, and the ensuing battle raged for 17 hours, becoming the bloodiest day of the entire Civil War. 
The Lotz family survived the deadly battle, but they were so scarred from the human wreckage that they relocated to California. Lotz's young daughter, Matilda, went on to become a renowned artist with works still today displayed in prominent venues across the country. The Lotz House was added to the National Historic Register in 1976, and today, the house is a converted museum, telling the story of the Battle of Franklin through the eyes of a family whose story is as compelling as they come.

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Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The last tour every day begins one hour before closing. For a more comprehensive view of the Battle of Franklin, visit the nearby historic Carnton Plantation, where the Lotz family retreated to the basement for safety, and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

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Admission to Lotz House Civil War Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit the historic Lotz House to hear the story of the remarkable family that built the 19th-century home that now functions as a Civil War museum. Explore ...  Read more

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Duration: 30-minutes to 1-hr

From USD $10.00

Nashville Holiday Lights Tour Including Lotz House

Relish the festive holiday ambiance of Nashville on this holiday lights tour! Admire the twinkling Christmas lights and decorations as you tour the neighboring ...  Read more

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.00

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