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

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Overview

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
  • Round-trip transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach included
  • Great tour for history buffs!
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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 Point

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

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This full-day tour begins with pickup from downtown 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
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
Stop At:  
Carnton
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.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lotz House Museum
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.
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Tennessee

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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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
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville?
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Civil war tour
Kathrine_N
, Jul 2021
This was a sobering day trip, but well worth it. Seeing the houses you got a real sense of how close the the fighting was.
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Fabulous tour
Laurel_H
, Jul 2021
A fabulous day. All 4 guides including the bus driver were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. They took you back in history and painted such vivid pictures you thought you were there experiencing the battle. One of the best historical tours I have been on, even my 17 year old son really enjoyed the day.
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Very educational
Martha_B
, Jul 2021
The civil war history was enthralling. It would be wonderful if they had some sort of a relief model of the battlefield as it unfolded to help with visualization. Tour guide was great also! Really enjoyed it. All houses had folding chairs for disabled guests like me to sit down. Very courteous staff.
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Recommend
Brenda_B
, Jul 2021
Interesting tour about a major Civil War battle that few have heard about and the families/houses involved. The tour guides were well informed and helped us visualize the battle and impact on families involved. The cemetery where 1,481 Confederate soldiers are buried is haunting. So many that never made it back home. Our bus driver was great but I forget his name! Date of tour June 28, 2021. Even if you're not a Civil War buff, I recommend.
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star-3
Repetitious, two sites enough
Cindy_M
, Jun 2021
Two sites would have been enough. By the third site, the guides were repeating themselves. Carnton and Carter were good experiences, Lotz not so much. Visiting the town of Franklin was a pleasure.
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Franklin civil war tour
Aline_S
, Jun 2021
I highly recommend this tour, highly educational . All of our guides on this tour were exceptional . Sheila was our your guide on the Carnton Plantation , she was a book of knowledge and has so much passion for the history she tells !! Our time in quaint downtown Franklin was very enjoyable !
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star-4
Fun and informative.
rachel_b
, Jun 2021
Tour guide at Carter House was amazing. Jenny was funny and informative . Everyone was great from bus driver to tour guides
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Worth the cost
Beth_J
, Jun 2021
We had a great day with many lessons on history. Worth the cost. Bus was cool and comfortable. Will do other tours in the future.
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It was a very interesting tour but I think it’s probably an hour longer than most people really want to go.
TJOE_L
, Jun 2021
It was a very interesting tour but I think it’s probably an hour longer than most people really want to go.
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History
Angie_L
, Jun 2021
The guides was so knowledgeable. When they were talking it made you feel like you were there during the war. Outstanding tour, I would definitely recommend it
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