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  • 1111 Columbia Avenue
  • Franklin, TN 37064
  • Phone: (615) 790-7190
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TRIPADVISOR ranks Lotz House as Franklin's #1 attraction for 2013!

Lotz House is located in the heart of downtown Franklin, Tennessee at "ground zero" for the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The house was built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Albert Lotz.  By trade, Mr. Lotz was a master carpenter and a piano maker.  His home, served as his "show house" to demonstrate his carpentry work to potential clients interested in hiring him for his services.  The many fireplace mantles demonstrated his range from simple to very complex designs.  There are also several battle scars including the charred rounded indention in the wood flooring where a cannonball flew through the roof, the second story bedroom and landed on the first floor and rolled.

Guided Tours: 30 minutes to 1 hour (optional)
Special private tours and custom tours available by reservation.

Hours:   Mon-Sat   9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Hours subject to change.

Please call for group and student rates.
AAA Members receive a 10% discount.

Furnishings & Artwork

"This collection of antiques is by far the finest private collection of American Victorian Furniture in the Southeast."  - Wendell Garrett at The Magazine Antiques

The Lotz House is home to the Thompson collection, which has never been on display until now.  The extensive collection includes a painting of Betsy Patterson and Jerome Bonaparte (the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte), a John James Audubon's taxidermy birds placed under their original glass dome, one of the largest known existing "hair wreaths" of the period as well as an original painting by Matilda Lotz who grew up in the Lotz house and was only eight years old when the Battle of Franklin sent her and her family across the street to the Carter House basement for shelter. Fine furnishings include many exquisite examples of Mallard (circa 1830-1850) as well as John Henry Belter furnishings accented with an extraordinary collection of Old Paris Porcelain which is showcased in every room of the tour.  Other pieces include an early 1800's harp, music chair and stand and endless one-of-a-kind antiques appropriate for the period. 



Sesquicentennial Guided Tours of McGavock Cemetery 04/19/2014 - 11/15/2014
Historian's Dinner with Ed Bearss 11/29/2014 - 11/29/2014
Franklin Battlefield Tour with Ed Bearss 11/29/2014 - 11/30/2014
Lotz House Franklin Battlefield Blood Drive 11/29/2014 - 11/29/2014