4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

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  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
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 Lotz House and Carter House, which still bear bullet holes and blood stains. You’ll 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.


  • Civil War and plantation tour in Franklin from Nashville
  • Learn from your knowledgeable guide about the Battle of Franklin, known as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War
  • Visit the Lotz House and Carter House, which were used in the war and still have bullet holes and blood stains
  • Tour the Carnton Plantation and learn about its role during the Civil War and in the years that followed
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach included
  • Great tour for history buffs!

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What You Can Expect

Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville

Carnton Plantation

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.

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, you’ll be taken back to your Nashville hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was such a great tour and to hear the history and see the areas where the War was fought was very moving. The tour guides and bus driver were very informative and interesting. I recommended it to everyone I talked to. This is one tour I will remember for a very long time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide Terry was amazing and the tour itself was very interesting and we learned a lot. I really enjoyed this tour and would recommend it to anyone visiting Nashville.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I had a mixup on this tour... My fault. That said, we ended up visiting two of these houses on our own and thoroughly enjoyed the information. Visiting Franklin Tn to see and hear about the events that took place here is a must. If I go back, I will do this tour because the guides provide so much more information and background.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

If we all had history teachers like the guides on this tour, we would all know so, so much more about our own country! They are some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people we have ever come across in our travels around the world. They put you in the time and place, as well as the struggles of the people who lived and died in Franklin. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone who thinks they know the history, who would like to know the history and especially for those who think they don't care at all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed the tour. All of the guides were so knowledgeable and the experience was very emotional.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I took my Granddaughter and her friend on this tour during her birthday visit to Nashville. She's 20 and I thought it might be a little boring for her but she loved it. The whole Franklin, TN area has soooo much history. Enjoyed the homes that we toured. Especially enjoyed the tour guide at the Lotz House. The Van driver was very knowledgeable - great service.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It rained on this tour, but even with that we loved it!!! Thankful for our safe, wonderful driver who avoided the interstate as much as possible! Loved that! The guides at the Carter house and the Lotz house were great!! Had never heard about the Battle of Franklin, but now I know. So sorry the Lotz family felt fear in the South and moved. What a loss for TN!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The guest at Lotz house was so alive...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Very informative and great narrators that are very committed and serious about the story that they tell about the battle of Franklin!

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