Built in 1826 by Randal McGavock, a former mayor of Nashville, Carnton Plantation is a beautiful neoclassical antebellum mansion with a Greek Revival portico. During the Battle of Franklin, this plantation home served as a Confederate hospital, and today you can still see bloodstains on the floors. The interior of the stately old home was completely restored and houses many period furnishings. Two years after the battle, the McGavock family donated 2 acres of land to be used as a cemetery for Confederate soldiers who had died during the Battle of Franklin. There are almost 1,500 graves in the McGavock Confederate Cemetery, making it the largest private Confederate cemetery in the country. While visiting the cemetery is a somber occasion, they also hold light-hearted events including the Bootlegger’s Bash. This annual September extravaganza gives patrons a chance to sample local whiskeys and Southern cooking, and to dance to a lively band.
Carnton Plantation & Battlefield
1345 Carnton Lane, USA
Our Rating Hours Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm. Closed major holidays. Phone 615/794-0903 Prices Admission $18–$25 adults, $8 children 6–12 Web site Carnton Plantation & Battlefield
Map1345 Carnton Lane USA Nashville
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