Nashville April 26, 2019
History Buffs Will Love This Civil War-Themed Tour Just Outside Of Nashville
History buffs and Civil War mavens alike know that Tennessee is struck clean through with historical prowess. From its history as the “Volunteer State” in the War of 1812 to its role being the last to secede and first to rejoin the Union during the Civil War, Tennessee sure knows how to pack a historical and political punch into just a few hundred years. These tours through historic homes and spaces are right outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, and they’re great for personal and familial education.
Lotz House Museum - 1111 Columbia Avenue
The Lotz House is a highly applauded historic residence in Franklin, and it's been listed as the #1 attraction in the city. Located right in the heart of downtown Franklin, The Lotz House stood through the main area of conflict during the famed Battle of Franklin. When you visit, you'll be able to see scars throughout the home, from cannonballs and gunshots that carried on outside. It makes for a great way to learn about the battle and the community's role during the war. (1111 Columbia Avenue, $12 adults, $6 children)
Carnton Plantation - 1345 Eastern Flank Circle
The Carnton Plantation has long been considered one of the most haunted houses in the Middle Tennessee area. Like the Lotz house, it stood through the Battle of Franklin, and it's where you'll find the largest Confederate cemetery in the south. The historic plantation house played a large role during the Civil War, its history easily accessible by a 60-minute tour. (1345 Eastern Flank Circle, $18 person).
Carter House - 1140 Columbia Avenue
The Carter House is commonly toured with the above Carnton Plantation, and you can purchase an all-inclusive tour package to both for just $30. The historic site marks where the Carter family hid downstairs in the basement while the Battle of Franklin raged above their heads. (1140 Columbia Avenue, Ticket prices vary)
Bonus: James K. Polk House and Museum
The James K. Polk House and Museum marks the only remaining home of President Polk still standing other than the White House. This 1816 construction is beautiful and well worth its historic salt, offering both tours and outreach opportunities for tourists and local students. (301 W 7th Street, $10 adults, $7 youth, $5 student).
Once you’re done with your history lesson, make sure to
appreciate the beautiful, natural aspect of Tennessee as well. It’s an incredible state both in history and heart.