Lotz House


One of three downtown Franklin homes open to the public to interpret the Battle of Franklin from the perspectives of the families who lived there, the Lotz House is TripAdvisor’s highest-rated attraction in Franklin. When you hear the story of how German immigrant Johann Albert Lotz and his young family survived the battle as it happened outside their home, you’ll understand why.

Lotz, a master carpenter and piano maker, built the house in 1858 to showcase his work to potential clients. He soon earned a commission carving the mantels and woodwork in Franklin’s downtown courthouse. Lotz’s incredible woodwork is still evident throughout the home today, along with bloodstains and cannonball scars left behind from the battle.

Tours & More

Visitors to the Lotz House will learn how the family’s lives were forever changed by the “Bloodiest Five Hours” of the Civil War. As the battle began on November 30, 1864, they fled across the street and hid with the Carter family in their basement until the fighting ended. (The Carter House is open for tours as well.) Visitors will also see magnificent period furniture and decorations as well as artifacts from the Battle of Franklin, including weapons and bullets and soldiers’ personal items. In addition to guided house tours taking place throughout the day, specialized tours are available, including a ghost tour, a women’s history tour, and a battlefield tour with Civil War expert Thomas Y. Cartwright. Tickets can be bought in advance at the Lotz House website.

1111 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064

(615) 790-7190