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Events - 2014

August 2, 2014 - April 26, 2015 – Special Exhibition – Battle Scarred: The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin
The 1,600 square foot gallery of the Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation will be entirely transformed and open to the public for eight months. The display will feature never before exhibited objects, many of which have not been together for 150 years. Incorporating artifacts, graphic elements, light and sound, the exhibit will be the first of its kind in Franklin. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Admission does not include a house tour. Click here for more information!

September 13 - 14, 2014 – Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball Tournament
Join us at Carnton Plantation – the home field of the Franklin Farriers – for the Vintage Base Ball tournament. Games and times TBA. Event is free to the public.

October 4, 2014 – Spring Hill Battlefield Tour (Reservations required)
The Battle of Franklin Trust will offer a comprehensive and very special Spring Hill battlefield tour on Oct. 4 led by Trust CEO and Historian Eric A. Jacobson.  The outing will include a tour of Oaklawn Plantation, which was home to Absalom Thompson during the Civil War and Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood’s headquarters on the afternoon and evening of November 29, 1864. The tour will step off from Carnton Plantation at 8 am. The cost of the tour is $100 and reservations may be made by contacting Angell Wallace at (615) 794-0903 or

October 4, 2014 – Williamson County Master Gardeners Association Fall Plant Sale
WCMGA partners with The Battle of Franklin Trust to help in the gardens at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. To raise funds for various projects throughout our area, WCMGA will hold a Plant Sale at Carnton Plantation from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Annuals, perennials, bulbs, shrubs, trees, pumpkins and yard art will be available.

October 10-12, 2014 – Descendants’ Reunion

The Battle of Franklin Trust periodically hosts Descendants’ Reunions, and the next one is scheduled to coincide with the Sesquicentennial of The Battle of Franklin. The event will allow descendants of soldiers who fought in the Battle of Franklin, as well as those descended from families who lived in Franklin during the Civil War, to gather together and experience the history of their ancestors. Registration is required. Click here for more information or to register!

October 23, 2014 – The Carter House and Carnton Plantation Annual Meetings
The Annual Meetings of The Carter House and Carnton Plantation willl be held at the Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. R.S.V.P. to Morgan Harris by October 17 at (615) 794-0903 or

November 13-14, 2014 – Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission Conference: The Final Shots in Tennessee (in Franklin)

The Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will hold their Signature Event in Franklin and will feature educational symposiums, book signings, special tours and entertainment all commemorating the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Tennessee Campaign. Registration is required. For more information, visit

November 14-15, 2014 – Blue & Gray Days

Blue & Gray Days draws hundreds of school children and adult spectators every year.  Hosted by both The Carter House and Carnton Plantation, guests will meet Civil War re-enactors and get hands-on experience with clothes, trades, and weapons of the past.  This living history experience is the perfect field trip and great for families. For additional details or to make field trip reservations, please contact Angell Roberts at (615) 794-0903 or

November 15-16, 2014 – The 150th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Re-enactment

Re-enactors from all over the country will come together to bring the Battle of Franklin to life. Camps will be open for visitors to walk-through and experience civilian and soldier life in the 1860s. Scheduled re-enactments will take place both days, and admission will be charged. Tickets go on sale on September 15, 2014. Click here for more information!

November 30, 2014 – The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and Annual Illumination

To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries, representing the casualties of the battle, will be lit at dusk. This event is free to the public.

December 16-20, 2014 – 42nd Annual Candlelight Tour

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, the theme of this year's Candlelight Tour is "The Christmas That Never Was." The tour will feature The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and the Lotz House. The Carter House and Carnton Plantation will be arranged as they were in December of 1864 just after the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz House will be adorned with 19th century Christmas decor. Guests will walk through history as they hear stories of the soldiers and civilians who wirnessed the Battle of Franklin.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation beginning November 1, 2014.

Battlefield Dispatch Vol 2 No 2

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