Built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock, Carnton stood at the heart of the bloody Battle of Franklin, in which more than 9,500 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured, or counted as missing. The home served afterward as the largest field hospital in town for wounded and dying soldiers.
The morning after the battle, the bodies of four Confederate generals killed during the fighting were laid on Carnton’s back porch. The floors of the home are still stained with the blood of the soldiers who were treated there.
Today, visitors can take a guided tour of the home (as well as the Carter House) and explore the grounds and outbuildings as well. Tours last about an hour and depart every 30-40 minutes. A variety of specialized tours on topics ranging from slavery to a behind the scenes look at the home are offered throughout the week as well. Discounted tickets for Carnton and Carter House are available at the downtown Franklin Visitor Center.
1345 Eastern Flank Circle
Franklin, TN 37064