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 28, 2014 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Anniversary Tour of Carnton led by Eric A. Jacobson
Join us for a special evening tour of Carnton Plantation. Led by historian and author Eric A. Jacobson, this tour will delve deep into the history of the McGavock family, the Battle of Franklin, and the use of Carnton as a field hospital during and after the battle. The tour is $20 per person and reservations are required. Please contact Angell Roberts at (615)794-0903 or email@example.com for questions or to make reservations.
November 29, 2014 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Living History Presentation of Carnton as Hospital
Walk through the hallowed halls of Carnton Plantation and experience the house as it would have been the night of November 30, 1864. Nearly 100 re-enactors will portray Confederate soldiers and the surgeons who treated them at the largest Confederate field hospital during and after the Battle of Franklin. Admission is $5 for all ages.
November 30, 2014 – 5:00 am to 7:00 am & 9:00 am to 11:00 am– Anniversary Battlefield Tour led by Eric A. Jacobson
Walk the battlefield with historian and author Eric A. Jacobson on the morning of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. This special walking battlefield tour will step off from The Carter House and visit several critical points of interest including the Carter garden, the cotton gin property, and along the main Federal line. This tour is $50 per person and reservations are required. Please contact Angell Roberts at (615)794-0903 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to make reservations.
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 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 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. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets!