23 photos and 10 stories that will make you a history buff
You’ve probably heard that you can find history around every corner here in Franklin, Tennessee. Don’t believe us? Then ask some of our fans! Here are 23 photos of 10 different locations that will make you feel like a history buff while visiting Franklin, Tennessee.
You can take in an entire afternoon of history at Carnton! Built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock, Carnton was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. During the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, Carnton served as the largest field hospital in the area for hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers. Carnton is also home to the McGavock Confederate Cemetery.
You can hear lots of stories from the Battle of Franklin during a trip to Carter House. Carter House was built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter and was the command post for the Union Army during the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. The Carter family (along with the Lotz family from across the street) sought refuge in the basement of this home during the battle. In 1935, the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service designated the Carter House a National Historic Landmark.
The Farm Office at Carter House
You don’t have to travel far from Carter House to find even more history – in fact, just head to the Farm Office on the corner of the Carter House property! This outbuilding on property at the Carter House holds more than 1,000 Civil War bullet holes and is the most bullet-riddled building still standing from the Civil War. Plan your tour for the late afternoon and you’ll likely see a scene where the sunlight peeks through the bullit holes in a sobering display of must have happened on the day of the battle.
German immigrants Albert and Margaretha Lotz moved to Franklin in 1856 and two years later built Lotz House, a product of Albert’s master carpentry and woodcarving skills. The house found itself at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. A step inside the Lotz House reveals the true master woodworker Albert Lotz was as he used his personal home as a “showroom” of his works.
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm
There’s no better way to see scenic beauty than by spending a day on the farm! Harlinsdale Farm was established in 1935 by W.W. Harlin and over the next decade, became a place of great renown in the fledgling Tennessee Walking Horse industry. Prize stallion Midnight Sun resided here and became the first repeat World Grand Champion.
Biscuit Love (Corn House)
If you’re looking for breakfast with a side of history, look no further than Biscuit Love in downtown Franklin. Rebuilt in 1892 after a devastating fire, this Queen Anne style house is known as the Corn House and was named for the Corn family who bought the house in 1920 and resided there for over 60 years. The Corn family owned Lillie Mills, makers of Franklin Lily flour.
While you shop or eat your way through Franklin, don’t forget to take a moment to soak in the architecture that surrounds you! This beautiful 16-block historic district is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and is surrounded by stunning Victorian architecture.
The Factory at Franklin
Just when you thought Franklin, Tennessee couldn’t get any cooler, we turned a depression-era Factory into a shopping and dining destination! Don’t miss great coffee (from Honest Coffee Roasters), yummy food (from Mojo’s Tacos), and stellar shopping (from Luna Record Shop) while soaking in the history of the Factory at Franklin.
Looking for a sweeping view of Franklin, Tennessee? Head to Winstead Hill where General John Bell Hood observed his advancing Confederate troops during the Battle of Franklin in 1864.
Take a hike…to Fort Granger that is! Fort Granger offers an overlook of the south part of Franklin and is surrounded by trenches dug by Civil War troops. It was built in 1862 by Union troops as a federal post and signaling station. It’s accessible by a short hike from Franklin’s Pinkerton Park.
Looking for even more history? Stop by our Visitor Center to pick up a free self-guided Walking Tour! Where is your favorite historic spot in Franklin, Tennessee? Let me know in the comments below.