Battle of Franklin Trust


Franklin is perhaps best known for the bloody Battle of Franklin, which took place on November 30, 1864, left more than 9,500 soldiers dead, wounded, captured, or missing in action, and was the last great battle of the American Civil War. The Battle of Franklin Trust has restored and opened to the public three historic homes in and around Franklin that bore witness to that battle and the events leading up to it.

Carter House was built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter. 34 years later, his family along with the Lotz family (who lived at the Lotz House across the street) and several enslaved people hid in the basement of Carter House as the Battle of Franklin raged outside their home. One of the Carter sons was wounded in the battle and died at the home two days later. You can learn more about the Carter family’s story, as well as about the Battle of Franklin, on a guided tour of the home. 

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Built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock, Carnton sheltered the frightened McGavock family as the Battle of Franklin raged outside their home. Afterward, it served as the largest field hospital in town for wounded and dying soldiers. A guided tour of Carnton tells about the battle from the McGavock family’s perspective.

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In nearby Spring Hill, Rippa Villa is a Greek Revival-style home built in the mid-1850s by Nat Cheairs. During the Civil War, the Battle of Spring Hill took place on the Rippa Villa property on November 29, 1864. It was a precursor to the bloody Battle of Franklin that would take place the next day. Guided tours of Rippa Villa tell the story of the Battle of Spring Hill and the Cheairs family, one of the wealthiest families in the region.

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1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 786-1864