A Lesson in History Tour

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A Lesson in History Tour

Count on it, history buffs! This itinerary packs a major dose of local history - some human interest, a bit of architecture and a lot of Civil War's Battle of Franklin. Start with breakfast at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in the heart of downtown Franklin. After you've got a good meal in you, it's time to meet up with Franklin On Foot Tours. Strap your Fitbit on for this walk and talk guided tour with a glimpse into the stories of those who've gone before us and an appreciation for the architecture of Main Street and interesting events that captivate the imagination. Next stops are Carnton Plantation, Carter House, Lotz House and McLemore House. You choose what order and which of these museum houses interest you most, maybe you've got an hour to see one or maybe the day to see all of them! When you're done exploring, keep your options open for dinner.

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The Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Puckett’s focuses on providing visitors and friends, new and old, with great food and Southern hospitality. It's about authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, meat-n-three specials and even a few upscale dishes that make Puckett's a community kitchen - a local hangout with live pickin' performances just a few feet from your table.

The best way to experience Main Street's architecture, the local history and the interesting stories of the past is a guided walking tour of Historic Downtown Franklin. There are so many different walking tours you can choose like Classic Franklin, Haunted Franklin, Ghosts of the Battlefield at the Lotz House, Murder and Mayhem on Main Street, Civil War in Franklin, I Spy Downtown Franklin and others. Reservations and admission required.

On November 30, 1864, Carnton Plantation was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. The Battle of Franklin lasted barely five hours with the majority of the combat in the dark of night and at close quarters. Carnton Plantation is open daily for guided tours. The tour lasts about an hour and it's recommended you spend additional time exploring the grounds & outbuildings. Paid tours include the house and grounds, the gardens, outbuildings and access to the museum store.

In 1830, Fountain Branch Carter built his family brick farmhouse in Franklin. On November 30, 1864, the Battle of Franklin raged across town, scarring the landscape, claiming the lives of thousands and changing life on the Carter farm forever. Son and soldier Tod Carter was mortally wounded during the battle just southwest of his childhood home. The Carter House is open daily for guided tours. The paid tour lasts approximately one hour, and it's recommended you spend additional time exploring the grounds and outbuildings. 

Inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame in 2015, Lotz House is located in the heart of downtown Franklin, Tennessee - "ground zero" for the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The house was built in 1858 by German immigrant and master carpenter Johann Albert Lotz. It served as his "show house" to demonstrate his carpentry work to potential clients. The paid tour of this historic civil war house museum lasts an hour.

History holds a unique and moving story through artifacts, pictures and exhibits at the McLemore House. Built by a former slave, this museum home chronicles the struggles, triumphs and significant contributions of African Americans in Williamson County. The McLemore House is open limited hours. This paid tour lasts 45 minutes.

Good chance you're famished by now. Check out the dining options. You've got great eats and a nice variety of restaurants on Main Street and beyond, into the unique communities of Williamson County.


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