Carnton Plantation – The Story

Local Civil War buffs already know about this historic gem in Franklin. The Carnton Plantation was originally built by the 11th mayor of Nashville, Randall McGavock back in 1826. The house was considered a mansion at that time and McGavock intended to earn money through farming at the plantation. The home was later passed down to his son, John and his wife, Carrie and had become one of the wealthiest farms in the area. During the Civil War, the plantation was the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. As aficionados know, the house served as a hospital of sorts for several days following the battle.

What You Will Love

  • The House- Carnton is a gorgeous antebellum home that was meticulously and painstakingly restored room by room over nearly a decade. Every detail was recreated so that walking into the mansion today feels like stepping back in time.
  • The Gardens – The gardens at Carnton are absolutely stunning. Visitors can’t help but be awed by the beauty they provide. In the spring there is a one day plant sale offered for fellow gardeners and residents to purchase plants or vegetables.
  • The History – Going through the tour to hear the rich history about the battle and how the house served as a hospital is a remarkable experience, made even more authentic with actual blood stains still showing on parts of the floors.
  • Events – Carnton hosts a number of public events throughout the year, from benefits to car shows. Some lucky couples even host their weddings on the plantation.

Social Media

Carnton Plantation has a Facebook page where updates on events and happenings are posted, as well as wonderful tidbits from history and stunning photos. You can also find them on Twitter where you will get information on both Carnton and the Carter House.



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