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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!

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 are on sale now through October 31. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!

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. Luminaries will be present along Columbia Pike, at Carter House, at Lotz House, and at several points on the battlefield in that area. Luminaries will also be present at Carnton adjacent to the Confederate Cemetery. Luminaries will be lit at dusk until approximately 9 pm.

Church bells will toll for five minutes downtown beginning at 4 pm. A ceremony at Carter House will begin around 4:05 pm with remarks by Mayor Ken Moore and Eric Jacobson, Battle of Franklin Trust CEO.

A ceremony at Carnton will begin at 4:45 pm. Carroll Van West, State Historian, and Julian Bibb, Heritage Foundation President and Franklin’s Charge member, will speak briefly. Eric Jacobson will close with final remarks.

Carter House and Carnton will open to the public free of charge at 5:30 pm.

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 Carter House and Carnton Plantation will be arranged as they were in December of 1864 just after the Battle of Franklin. Guests will walk through history as they hear stories of soldiers and civilians. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation beginning November 1, 2014. Click here for more information!


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