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Events - 2014

August 2, 2014 - April 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!

August 31, 2014 – Carnton Sunset Concert Series

Soul Searchers - '60s Soul & R&B
Carnton Plantation serves as a unique venue for friends and families to relax on the lawn and listen to some of area’s most talented musicians. The gates open at 4:30 P.M. and the music lasts from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tickets may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Guests are welcome to pack picnic dinners or take advantage of on-site food and beverage vendors. Click here for more information!

September 7, 2014 – Vintage Base Ball Games at Noon and 2:30

After nearly 150 years, a Civil War–era style of baseball will once again be played in Tennessee. Vintage base ball (yes, it was two words in the 1860s) is a sport with strong support in the Midwest and Northeast but no teams in any state of the Mid-South until 2013 when the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball was formed. Carnton Plantation is pleased to be the home field for the Franklin Farriers. April 27th will feature a double-header with games played at noon and 2:30 P.M. The base ball games are free to the public.

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!

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. 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 5-6, 2014 – 42nd Annual Candlelight Tour

The Candlelight Tour illuminates the rich heritage of Franklin by opening historic homes in the downtown area. Sites are decorated for the Christmas holiday, combining the beauty of some of Franklin’s most beautiful homes with the warmth of the season. Guests are greeted with visions and stories of the past as they progress through the tour. Tickets may be purchased online or at The Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Participating sites will be announced in fall 2014.

Battlefield Dispatch Vol 2 No 2

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