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Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this guided, 7-hour tour from Nashville. The Battle of Franklin was one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army. On this tour, see the bullet and cannon ball holes as well as the battle-scarred floors that still bear witness to the carnage of this dark time in history. Spend time in the town of Franklin to shop, eat and view its historic sites. Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off included.

Highlights

  • 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

This full-day tour begins with a hotel pickup in Nashville in an air-conditioned coach, followed by a 30-minute drive south to the town of Franklin.


Once in Franklin, visit those sites close to where the Union and Confederate armies fought during the Civil War. Hear stories from the 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.


Visit the Carter House, which served as the Federal headquarters during the battle, and the Lotz House, which became a makeshift field hospital after the war. Both places have been refurbished, but still show their battle scars from the war with bullet and cannonball holes as well as blood stained floors and walls. 


Then, spend time in the town of Franklin to shop, eat (own expense) and view some of its historic sites. From there, it’s off to the Carnton Plantation, a 48-acre farm which also served as a Confederate field hospital after the Battle of Franklin. A graveyard for the Confederate soldiers that perished remains — the largest private Confederate cemetery in the United States.


A return trip to Nashville ends this historic tour.

Customer Reviews

Louis F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the highlight of my trip. If you love history, this trip is a must. The guides were first rate.

Kerry C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

its was a great tour. so much history

jennifer.harralson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

THIS TOUR WAS FANTASTIC! I had never heard of the Battle of Franklin before, and now, I will never forget it! You cover three sites and ALOT of information on this tour - every moment of your tour is spent learning about the battle from the moment everyone is on board the bus until you exit the bus. You hear about the battle many time but from different points of view, so you end your day with a very thorough knowledge of the battle and just how awful it really was. If you are a history buff, this is a MUST do! Our driver, Terry, was SO knowledgeable and helpful and friendly but he WILL keep you on schedule! You do have a 50 minute stop for lunch - I do NOT recommend Gina's Italian food. No one in our party cared for it we had pizza and spaghetti. The one negative is that you can not take pictures INSIDE in the houses insurance purposes but I understand why and the policy DOES protect these sites for future visitors so I can't complain too much!

bethgaulke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was the highlight of our trip! I took my 3 teenage children and they recommend this trip as well. The bus tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour guides at our venues were amazing, friendly and astute. Their knowledge of the civil war events, homes and area were extraordinary and their passion comes through. We had several choices for lunch at an eating area. A very insightful and moving tour.

maria.cosgrave.mc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour that everyone visiting Nashville should do. Extremely interesting guides and history

Fred J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Informative, well organized and at time moving in the impact on visitors. Our driver gave a wonderful detailed commentary en route and the guides at each of the three locations were incredibly knowledgeable and well prepared and truly conveyed the drama that occurred at each location. My only invitation is to the attendees on the bus: listen to the commentary! That's why we take a guided tour. Our driver dropped the commentary after the loud, animated and unrelated conversation between the two people sitting right behind him one of them a Viator employee! distracted so much from what he was trying to say that he turned off the microphone and the remainder of the drive to site 1 was in silence. We missed out on his expertise but I understand his position completely. If you are going on a tour, be on a tour! Talk about other things and show each other pictures on your iPhones somewhere else and some other time. Other than that - truly a moving, five star Civil War experience.

Linda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was outstanding, I would recommend it highly.

Rocky K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Don' t miss this tour...fantastic.

Willa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A must do, so informative, so much history.

Kim Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a tour we had planned as a filler for a day when we didn't really have anything to do, but it ended up being the highlight of our trip to Nashville. We are both in our late 20's and thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking! If you are in Nashville, this is a MUST. We learned a lot, were touched by the things we saw...but were also thoroughly entertained. I can't wait to come back to Franklin! Although most of the people on the bus were much older, I think this would be a great activity for people of all ages. Some of the subject matter is a little macabre, just a warning if bringing children. It is a tour I would have enjoyed as a child, though. Just to touch on some points in other reviews: 1 Yes, there are no pictures allowed in the houses, but I am glad that is the case. You are coming here to see something special that you can't witness anywhere else. It is worth coming here to see and experience in person instead of pictures on the internet. Just remain present in the moment. The memories from these houses and the sights that you see will last a lifetime! 2 This tour is NOT redundant or boring! Each stop on the tour has something special and unique to offer. We connected emotionally with each separate family and story presented in each house. 3 The tour guides are INCREDIBLY knowledgable and enthusiastic about the subject matter. Any question that you have, they have an answer that exceeds your expectations! I was very impressed by them. 4 We are not history buffs, but we do enjoy learning and seeing new things. Even being unfamiliar with the story and with the events connected with the area and time period, we were able to appreciate and understand the presentations that day. FIVE STARS!!

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