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Americana is a Story


It’s a collection of moments that are yours, mine, and ours. It’s walking into the past with curious eyes to discover a story that changes the contour of the now. It’s a shared promise to remember—and always return to—the things that make us great. Franklin is where the roots of history run deep. 

The saga of the Battle of Franklin is interpreted through the historic house museums:

Carnton Plantation, home of The New York Times bestseller, The Widow of the South, witnessed the “five bloodiest hours of the Civil War” on November 30, 1864 called the Battle of Franklin. Nearly 10,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured, or went missing. Carnton became the largest Confederate field hospital and the bloodstains of that fateful battle still mar the floors today. Carnton is also home to McGavock Confederate Cemetery, the nation’s largest privately owned military cemetery.

The Carter House, built in 1830 witnessed one of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War on November 30, 1864, the Battle of Franklin. This farmhouse was commandeered for use as a Federal command post while the Carter family took refuge in the basement. The battle that ensued is sometimes referred to as the “Gettysburg of the West.” Evidence remains of the battle with over 1,000 bullet holes on site, which includes the farm office, known as the most bullet-damaged building still standing from the entire Civil War.

Lotz House, built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Lotz, was caught up in the Battle of Franklin alongside neighboring Carter House on November 30, 1864. Today, visitors can experience both the story of the battle and exquisite Victorian furniture and collections. Historian Thomas Cartwright leads a memorable battlefield tour that recounts the dramatic events of the Battle of Franklin from the soldiers’ perspective. 

McLemore House – Ex-slave Harvey McLemore purchased four lots in Hard Bargain in 1880 and built one of the first residential dwellings in the subdivision. The home served as a model of community development in Hard Bargain, the first subdivision of its kind in Franklin–a black middle class neighborhood of teachers, carpenters, masons and farmers. Remarkably, from 1880 until 1997, a member of the McLemore family maintained ownership of the homestead. Tours are by appointment only. 


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