Tips when visiting Franklin

  • Make sure you read this WikiHow article: How to Prepare to Visit a Civil War Battlefield or Site.

    McGavock Confederate Cemetery

  • Franklin does not have a formal or official battlefield that is operated by the State or National Park Service. The intrigue and appeal of visiting Franklin will be limited only to your imagination.
  • Consider buying a Value Ticket (to save $10 per adult) so you can visit the three main site-attractions, i.e., Carnton, Carter House, and the Lotz House.
  • Do a walking tour with Franklin On Foot
  • Walking tour of the Battle of Franklin led by Thomas Cartwright (contact the Lotz House)
  • If you’re in town the 2nd Sunday of the month, come to the Franklin Civil War Round Table. Meets at the library at 3pm, 2nd Sunday of the month.
  • If you come in June, the first Sunday in June is always set aside for a memorial service at McGavock Confederate Cemetery near Carnton.
  • Battle of Franklin Descendant’s Reunion: Sept 30 – Oct 2nd (contact Carnton)
  • Come visit Franklin between late October thru November. This is the season for events and activitiesthat coincide with official battle-anniversary events.
  • Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones
  • Stay at least one night in Franklin and take your time to enjoy Franklin. There is a lot to see and do.
  • Franklin Civil War Days are usually in mid October (see 2010 activity).
  • 147th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Reenactment: Oct 14-16, 2011
  • Blue & Gray Days and Illumination: Nov 18-20
  • November 30th: Commemoration of the Battle of Franklin
  • Each December is Dickens of a Christmas and Tour of Historic Franklin Homes.
  • The Carter House Candlelight Tour of Homes
  • Take a Gray Line’s Civil War: Battle of Franklin Tour
  • Enjoy a ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway

For more info check out our Visit Franklin page

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