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

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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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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Civil War & Plantation Tour from Nashville
Round-Trip Transportation Aboard Air-Conditioned Shuttle
Admission to Lotz House
Admission to Carter House
Admission to Carnton Plantation
Free time to explore downtown Franklin or stop quickly for lunch
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 from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

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

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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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Worthwhile trip
Karl_K
, Jun 2021
Excellent information from the driver on the way down to the sites. Very good guide at the Carnton House. Excellent guide at Carter House. She made the visit exceptionally fun. Her presentation was full of information. Unfortunately the old gentleman at the Lotz House was extremely boring and everyone was tired of the way he presented information....just wanted the tour over. Enjoyed the music in the bus on the way home.
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Fascinating Tour
Melissa_B
, May 2021
All of the guides were passionate and knowledgeable. I have a much greater appreciation for how this war shaped put country and still is in a lot of ways.
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Informed and passionate tour guides!
Denise_P
, May 2021
The stories the tour guides told. They were so informed and passionate about the histories of the properties.
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Great time
Dennis_V
, May 2021
Great guilds, great value. My wife loves old historical homes and I love learning more about the Civil War so this tour was great for both of us. Highly recommended.
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Civil war tour
Heather
, May 2021
What a wonderful experience. Highly recommended. Amazing amount of info. Would go again with smaller group.
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Very informative!
Christopher_S
, May 2021
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and had answers to any questions asked. We were with a fun group of people. The driver was entertaining as well.
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Great tour
Beverly_E
, Apr 2021
Very small group! Nice and helpful and entertaining driver! Lots of information. We enjoyed the homes we visited especially Christina she was very knowledgeable and explained the battles in a understandable way, she has a wealth of knowledge and was able to answer all questions! Not disappointed with this Viator tour!
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