There really is no bad time for history buffs to visit Franklin but if you could pick only one month for a visit, without a doubt it should be November. The Civil War’s Battle of Franklin is a huge part of Franklin’s rich history and there are a few events commemorating that fateful night of November 30, 1864, that you simply do not want to miss. From standing on the battlefield where it all happened to an original play, here are five events to put on your calendar today.
1. Studio Tenn’s: The Battle of Franklin
Franklin’s own Studio Tenn
is known for putting together incredible stage performances and has now put together an original work around the Battle of Franklin
. It will not only take you through the events of the battle but also into the lives of those who were living it. They use the power of music and drama to highlight the struggles of a broken family and a broken nation with the conflicts between father and son, master and slave, and of course the North and the South.
2. Blue & Gray Days
It is one thing to read about history, but at Blue & Gray days you can truly experience it. At this living history event, Civil War re-enactors are on hand to describe the Battle of Franklin from the perspective of those who lived it. You can also get a hands-on experience with the clothes, trades and weapons of the day that were used during the battle. The re-enactors and staff at both Carter House
and Carnton Plantation
can make the experience as detailed as your want, making this a great for families looking to take history lessons out of a book as well as the seasoned Civil War buff looking for the most in-depth look at the battle.
3. Battle of Franklin Illumination
The Battle of Franklin
was considered by many to be the bloodiest four hours of the Civil War and every year the 10,000 lives that were lost that night are honored in a touching Illumination tribute. Held at the new Carter Hill Battlefield Park on the anniversary of the battle, 10,000 luminaries will be placed along the Federal line where the heaviest portions of the battle took place. Visitors can walk throughout the luminaries as the names of the battle’s casualties are read aloud.
4. Carter House extended tour
The Carter House
played an integral role in the Battle of Franklin
and just in time for the November anniversary of the battle, the second floor of Carter House is now open to the public as part of new extended tours. In addition, to seeing the upstairs of the Carter House during the tour of the home, visitors will also be taken through the family garden for a discussion about the agricultural history of the farm and impact of slavery in Tennessee at the time. For anyone who likes to take a deep dive into history, this extended tour is just for you!
5. Tours at Carnton & Lotz House
Regardless if you have been countless times, or never before, November is a special time to visit Carnton
and Lotz House
for a tour. As you tour the homes and you’ll hear the stories of how the Battle of Franklin
impacted the lives families in Franklin forever.