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Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this guided walking tour of the Lotz House Civil War Museum. The Lotz House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, became a war zone during and a makeshift field hospital after the battle. Hear the story of the Lotz family that built this 19th-century home. Explore the displays, learn more about the Battle of Franklin and see the finest Civil War-era antiques collection in the south — all in one historic tour.


  • Admission to Lotz House Civil War Museum, near Nashville
  • Tour the house with an expert guide who shares informative commentary
  • Learn about the fierce Civil War battle fought in Franklin, just outside the Lotz House
  • Admire excellent examples of wood carving and craftsmanship throughout the building
  • See what is considered the finest private collection of American Victorian furniture in the Southeast
  • Hear fascinating stories about the Lotz family, including daughter Matilda Lotz who became a world-renowned painter

What You Can Expect

Admission to Lotz House Civil War Museum

Lotz House Bedroom

At the Lotz House Civil War Museum in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, enjoy a historic 30- to 60- minute walking tour that tells the story of the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin that took place here on November 30, 1864. Hear stories from the historian guide about the Lotz House’s role in the battle, known by many as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War.

When the Union Army was expecting a Confederate attack, they began to gather soldiers near two houses belonging to the Carter and Lotz families.

When it was evident the Battle of Franklin was going to take place, the Lotz family sought refuge in the cellar of the Carter house because their own house had no hidden shelter. The bloody battle went on for five hours and when the two families emerged from the shelter, the outside area was a wasteland of dead bodies and destroyed property. The Lotz House was still standing, but badly damaged. The house became a field hospital after the battle, but bullet and cannonball holes — plus bloodstains on the floors and walls — can still be seen inside the house to this day.

This tour is not all about the carnage of the Battle of Franklin, however. Mr. Lotz was a master carpenter and his handiwork is evident — as well as an impressive collection of fine arts and antiques — throughout the house.

Step back in time to see and learn about this Civil War-era house with an incredible story.

Customer Reviews

Kathy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome Tour. Very informative.

Ben T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

JT was our guide. He was extraordinarily knowledgeable and helpful.
We enjoyed the Lotz House experience thoroughly!!

Lauren M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Robert was an excellent tour guide. It is a very informative and fascinating tour.

Stephen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a very interesting tour. The tour guide was an excellent story teller and knew so many facts that he kept us all captivated and made us want to know more.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Enjoyed the tour very much. Robert (our guide) was so good he made me think I was there.

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