In 1830, Fountain Branch Carter built a brick farmhouse just south of downtown Franklin for his small family. On November 30, 1864, the Battle of Franklin raged across the fields south of town, scarring the landscape, claiming the lives of thousands and changing life on the Carter Farm forever.
Fountain Branch Carter’s son Tod was mortally wounded in the battle just southwest of his childhood home where he died two days later.
Carter House (and Carnton) are open daily for guided tours. The guided tour at each site lasts approximately one hour, and it's recommend spending an additional 30 to 60 minutes exploring the grounds and outbuildings.
Monday - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Children 6-12: $8
Children under 6: free
Lasts approximately 1.5 hours
Tuesday - Saturday 2 p.m. (Reservations recommended)
Admission: $25 per person, all ages
Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.
Combination Tickets offer discount admission to both of the Battle of Franklin Trust's historic houses in Franklin: Carter House and Carnton. The cost is $30 per ticket and it never expires. Tickets are available at both of the historic houses and at the Visitor Center in downtown Franklin. You do not need to visit the houses in any particular order, but plan at least three hours to see them both.
Group tours available
Groups of 10 or more with reservations receive a discount. Guided group tour of the home and grounds includes a brochure with a map and information about the home, grounds and outbuildings.