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

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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
  • 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)
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.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
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
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
See all safety measures taken by Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville.

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star-5
Great history lesson
Bob_D
, Oct 2021
Listening to a Civil war history that is not well known, but really interesting ! A must do for anyone that likes civil war stories and history.
star-4
Very Informative
Carol_V
, Oct 2021
The Carnton House and Carter House tours were very interesting. The guides were very informative, and they were able to paint a clear picture of what it must have been like to be there during the battle. The town of Franklin is quite lovely with plenty of quaint shops and restaurants. Since the time allotted in the town of Franklin did not allow for both shopping and eating, I would have preferred to have spent more time in the town of Franklin rather than at the Lotz House. The Lotz House tour was more of a Lotz family history presentation rather than having to do with the Battle of Franklin. On our drive to the Houses, our bus driver educated us on the Battle of Franklin and the Civil War. On our return to the depot, he pointed out points of interests. I would recommend this tour.
star-5
The tour was amazing
DIANE_S
, Oct 2021
The bus driver was knowledgeable and informative. The guides at the plantation houses were great and made the story come alive. It is the only way to truly understand what happened at the battle and the aftermath.
star-5
Makes the Civil War come to life
Jessica_V
, Sep 2021
All three locations were great stops to bring the Civil War to life. The tour guides at all three locations were fabulous! Highly recommend this tour to get a glimpse into American history!
star-5
Guides were...
Lisa_B
, Sep 2021
Guides were knowledgeable. This was a very educational trip. Bus driver was pleasant and that made this trip enjoyable
star-5
Great tour
Carol_W
, Sep 2021
This tour was great. The tour guide was wonderful. We really enjoyed the Carter and Carnton stops. The guides there were great. Could have skipped the Lotz house.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Day at the Battle of Franklin
Holly
, Sep 2021
Great tour, and Franklin is such a quaint town. The tour guides were interesting, but 7 hours is tiring. The bus, though is comfortable and our driver also had a lot of stories and showed us points of interest.
star-4
Humanized the battle of Franklin
Susan_J
, Aug 2021
The passion of the guides at Carnton and Carter house were amazing. Made me cry.. they humanized a bloody battle and wove it into the story of the Civil War. The Lotz house tour should have been between the two and cut down to about 20 minutes. There was very little that tied into the other two and didn't ads to the overall story
star-1
Waste of money
Lynette_C
, Aug 2021
I would not recommend this tour. You are rushed. There is no time to explore the grounds. If the prior tour guide takes too long then your tour is cut short. That's what happened in my situation. We were touring the first house and the boss broke our tour group in half and started the first tour. He took so long and I know this because our female tour guide told us. We were in the dining room waiting to move to the next room but couldn't because this guy was taking too long so we just all stood in the room waiting while she kept opening the door to see if he was gone yet. By the time we got to the second floor of the house she was rushing and saying we are out of time so we didn't get to see everything. Piece of advice to these tour guides: do not tell your tour group you ran out of time so the tour has to be cut short. All you're going to do is upset people who paid for a tour that got cut short. I do have to say that Kelsey from the 2nd tour was great. Loved her personality but all the tours were rushed.
star-5
Well worth your time!
Betty_M
, Aug 2021
The knowledge of our guides! The sites are beautifully restored and preserved! The air conditioned was nice as well.

Product code: 3131CIVILWAR

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