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Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville

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  • 7 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this full-day 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.
  • 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
  • Great tour for history buffs!

What's Included

  • 7-Hour Guided Civil War & History Day Tour from Nashville
  • Learn about The Battle of Franklin and how it included the bloodiest hours of the Civil War
  • Visit 3 historical homes located in the town of Franklin, TN
  • Admission to Lotz House
  • Admission to Carter House
  • Admission to Carnton Plantation
  • Spend time in the quaint historic town of Franklin to shop, eat, and view historic sites on your own
  • Round-Trip Transportation from Nashville Aboard Air-Conditioned Shuttle
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch (Lunch is on your own in downtown Franklin)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 108 1st Ave S
    108 1st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201, USA

    Tours depart from: Gray Line Ticket Booth at the Riverfront Train Station, 108 1st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201 (off 1st Ave S, across from Acme Feed & Seed). Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour start time.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

This full-day tour begins from downtown Nashville.

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.

Gray Line Tours

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.

7 hours Admission Ticket Included

Carter House

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.

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Lunch on your own in downtown Franklin.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Accessibility: ADA-compliant vehicles are available for most tours if you provide us with a 48-hour notice. After scheduling your tour, please contact our Dispatch Office to confirm availability.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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I loved all the history....
Michelle_P, Aug 2022
I loved all the history. All the tour guides were excellent. They really brought the history to life.
Civil War Tour
Dreanne_B, Jul 2022
Visiting the Carter House and Carnton were educational and informative. The Lotz House tour was a bit disappointing. Very little information was shared and it seemed like a tour of a home filled with historical artifacts. The tour guide was not friendly and bordered on being rude as he was short and abrupt with responses.
Civil War Tour
Gayle_V, Jul 2022
Our tour guide,Terry, was very knowledgeable, and very personable. We enjoyed hearing about the homes being used as makeshift hospitals, and reliving a bit of what the military and the citizens lived through.
The holes shot into the...
Dina_K, Jul 2022
The holes shot into the walls of the Carter out buildings was unbelievable! To see that, brought home the carnage, the damage that would have been done to the bodies of the soldiers fighting there.
Step into the life
Francisco_S, Jul 2022
seeing the bloodstained floors and shot up walls helps me decorate understand the sacrifice that was given to make the slave free and preserve the union.
Great tour!
Claudia_S, Jun 2022
We loved the tour guide on the bus and the tour guides at each stop. Very knowledgeable and shared interesting stories and facts about the Battle of Franklin. We were extremely pleased with this excursion.
Franklin Civil War Tour
Sheri_H, Jun 2022
Very interesting seeing two of the Civil War field hospital houses and getting the history of the civil war, people and house. The third house, Lutz, was mainly all about the family who fist lived there, I had to ask our tour guide at the end of the house tour why we had stopped there that’s when I found out like the other two homes it had also been used as a field hospital. But overall, all the local guides for the homes, especially the first two visited, where very knowledgeable and excited to talk about in the history of the civil war.
Very educational tour on...
James, Jun 2022
Very educational tour on the civil war. Carnton house was beautiful. What a story. Bus driver very knowledgeable.
Great civil war tour !
Chris, May 2022
Tour guide provided a nice overview of all the civil war events that happen in Franklin , Tennessee. I highly recommend the tour !
Useful & informative tour
Helen_C, May 2022
Really enjoyable day a bit repetitive in parts but I personally liked that. Great guides who certainly brought history to ‘life’ & great driver. Learned lots today
Great tour guides!
Leah_H, May 2022
All of the tour guides we had at these houses were phenomenal! They were very well educated and passionate about their work, and really painted a picture of what it would have been like to be there during this time.
The guides at all three...
marie_n, May 2022
The guides at all three houses were excellent! They made history come alive with personal stories of the people who lived in the houses.
Reliving the past.
Kenneth_S, Apr 2022
Excellent adventure with an exceptionally knowledgeable guide. She made you feel like you were reliving the past. I would highly recommend this tour!
Historic learning experience
Annette_C, Apr 2022
Very informative and comprehensive. Exceeded my expectations. Great and exceptional guides on all venues.
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The guides at the houses...
Alexander_C, Apr 2022
The guides at the houses were very knowledgeable and really brought the stories to life! Would definitely recommend.
Good family day out
CarolineBurke, Apr 2022
Great tour for all the family guides very knowledgeable and interesting Franklin a lovely quaint town for lunch
Excellent experience back in time.
Stella_S, Apr 2022
The tour guides were all excellent and made everything very interesting. We all really enjoyed the experience.
The bullet holes in the...
Teresa_S, Mar 2022
The bullet holes in the house, the way they lived and trying to imagine what it was like going thru the battle.
Enjoyed it
Bruce_J, Dec 2021
Bus driver was informative and knew his material as did the other tour guides. Several guests and us had trouble especially standing for long periods of time in one spot to listen to the various guides. Very well presented.
Patricia_M, Dec 2021
The tour guide on the bus was full of lots of information as well as all the tour guides in each house.
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