- 7 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
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.
- All entrance fees included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Civil War & Plantation Tour from Nashville
- Round-Trip Transportation Aboard Air-Conditioned Shuttle
- Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
- Admission to Lotz House
- Admission to Carter House
- Admission to Carnton Plantation
- Free time to explore downtown Franklin or stop quickly for lunch
- Entry/Admission - Gray Line Tours
- Entry/Admission - Carter House
- Entry/Admission - Lotz House Museum
- Entry/Admission - Carnton
- Lunch (Lunch is on your own in downtown Franklin)
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Nashville area hotels
Directions: Please be ready at your hotel lobby at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Hotel Pickups commence prior to this time.
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Gray Line Tours, 2416 Music Valley Dr Suite 102, Nashville, TN 37214-1011
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.
Duration: 7 hours
Stop At: Carter House, 1140 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3617
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.
Stop At: Lotz House Museum, 1111 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN 37064-3616
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.
Stop At: Carnton, 1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064-1438
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.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Lunch on your own in downtown Franklin.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I was impressed with all of our guide's knowledge of the era, and the area. This is a great tour for Civil War buffs.
Full day tour packed with information. Saw three homes, learned about the families and their role in the Battle of Franklin history. Saw the cemetery at the Battlefield Park. Very moving. Terry was out driver. Knowledgeable about the battle and the area. Would take this tour again. Worth the price.
We had such a wonderful time on this tour! The lady (I'm sorry - can't remember her name) was a fascinating tour guide and so knowledgeable. Franklin has such an interesting military history. Would highly recommend this!
The tour was outstanding! I loved every minute. Every single person was so knowledgeable about civil war events and history. Our bus driver was so great! He knew all the history and answered questions about Tennessee. He even dropped me off where I was meeting me my friends.
The farm tours were so informative and intriguing
My husband and I loved the tour, ALL of the tour guides were VERY knowledgeable and showed GREAT passion!!
The Battle of Franklin is probably the best kept secret of the Civil War as most have not heard of it 's significance. The tour was extremely educational offering gruesome accounts of what took place on those hallowed fields and in the homes as 2 powerful American armies faced off to determine the fate of our nation. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and presented the stories of the soldiers and the non-militants who endured the carnage and then offered aid to all with gravity and humor. We have and will continue to recommend the tour. It is fabulous.
All three houses and the family stories attached were amazing ... but the Carter House is amazing! The history is amazing!
This tour is well worth every penny!!! I learned so much, and had such an amazing time! I will definitely do it again!
This tour made us feel as if we were actually there at that time. Our guide provided such a vivid story of what happened, that you could only visualize what soldiers went through, fought and died for. This is a must visit if you go to Nashville. We would repeat this again.
Great tour! My son age 12 loved it! The shuttle ride there and back was comfy and the driver was full of information.
Incredibly interesting overall and the guides for each site were passionate, funny and told some really great stories, keeping us entertained throughout.
The driver was knowledgable and entertaining. The 3 tour guides on the places we visited cared about the history and made the trip worth every penny.
Entertaining, yet very instructional tour made the Civil War come alive.
It was a wonderful trip from start to finish! We learned a lot about the battle and visited some beautiful homes. Our driver and tour guide was great and gave us so much information. It was an outstanding tour.
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour! While it was an all day adventure we didn't even realize the time because there was not a dull moment. Each of the guides including our driver did an excellent job of taking us back in time and painting the scene for us with their insightful knowledge. A day well spent!
This tour is very interesting! You get to see beautiful Franklin and it is so nice to have someone drive you there, drop you off and enjoy.
WOW! Loved this tour. Great Guide who shared a lot of historical information. The places that we visited we very interesting - it's like stepping back in time and reviewing the Civil War battle that occurred in Franklin. If I had a complaint, it'd be that our break for lunch needed to be at a restaurant with more options than just BBQ food. We had children in our group who are not particularly fond of that type of food for every meal. :
Absolutely fantastic tour. Our driver was Terry, and he was knowledgeable and funny. Great stories and tidbits while driving to each of the stops. We had Randy at The Carter House, JT at The Lotz House, and Mike at Carnton Plantation. All were great. Genuinely seemed to enjoy what they do, which always helps to make the tour more fun and engaging. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone.