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150 years ago, a last-gasp charge at the Battle of Franklin spelled the end of the Army of Tennessee. Aside from the military heroics, the human story is one you can only try to imagine: Among the 10,000 casualties in five bloody hours is the young Captain Tod Carter, shot down in his own yard after fighting all over the South. The aftermath is indescribable: The burden of the dead and dying, Carrie McGavock's beloved Carnton Plantation home a makeshift hospital for months afterward, her yard soon a Confederate cemetery.

Franklin's preserved Civil War landmarks, antebellum homes, and cemeteries have their own stories to tell. Stories of tragedy and rebirth that shaped the landscape, the people and the heritage of this Southern town.

Franklin's Main Street and downtown historic district are commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin with special Sesquicentennial banners representing a dozen historically significant personalities associated with the Battle, soldiers and citizens alike. CLICK HERE to see the banner images and learn more about the stories behind the Battle. 

See Special Events below!  

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SPECIAL EVENTS

"BATTLE SCARRED" 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN SPECIAL EXHIBIT

Experience a special exhibit for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin called "Battle Scarred".  The 1,600 square foo... more

Dates: August 02, 2014 - April 26, 2015
Times: mon thru sat - 9am to 5pm sun - 12 noon to 5pm
Location: Fleming Center at Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Admission: $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 & under
Recurrence: daily

AN EVENING WITH STORYTELLERS: THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN - THE GREATEST STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR

The Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, left its mark on the past as well as the future of our town. As part of the 150th anniversary of t... more

Dates: October 09, 2014
Times: 6pm for wine & appetizers, 6:30pm program begins
Location: Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064
Admission: $25 per person
An Evening with Storytellers: The Battle of Franklin - The Greatest Story of the Civil War

DESCENDANTS' REUNION

The Battle of Franklin trust periodically hosts Descendants' Reunions and the next one is scheduled to coincide with the Sesquicentennial of The ... more

Dates: October 10, 2014 - October 12, 2014
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Recurrence: daily
Descendants' Reunion

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE BATTLE OF FRANKLIN

This special Sesquicentennial focused presentation features Tim Pierce, Director of Executive Programs at Vanderbilt University's Owen Gradu... more

Dates: October 21, 2014
Times: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin TN 37067
Admission: Chamber Members $35, Guests $40
Leadership Lessons from the Battle of Franklin

GRAVE MATTERS, STORIES BEHIND THE STONES

Dead men tell no tales, but their tombstones do!  On Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 7pm-9pm, Franklin's Rest Haven and City Cemeteries come... more

Dates: October 25, 2014
Times: 7pm - 9pm
Location: Rest Haven Cemetery, 4th Avenue North, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 400-3808
Admission: $15 ages Fourteen and up, $5 for children 7-13
Grave Matters, Stories Behind the Stones

INCIDENT AT FORT GRANGER

The Franklin City Parks Department and Franklin's Pull-Tight Players are working together to present a special free performance of "Incid... more

Dates: November 08, 2014
Times: 3pm - 4:30pm
Location: Carnton Plantation Eastern Flank Event Facility, 1368 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064
Contact: Peggy Macpherson
Admission: free
Incident at Fort Granger

VETERANS DAY PARADE

The parade will consist of marching bands and ROTC units from local schools, entries from local veterans organizations, marching community leader... more

Dates: November 11, 2014
Times: 11am
Location: Main Street, Main Street, Franklin TN 37064
Admission: free
Veterans Day Parade

2014 TENNESSEE CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL SIGNATURE EVENT: THE FINAL CAMPAIGN IN TENNESSEE

The Sesquicentennial commemoration marks the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Franklin, and will include educational seminars, panel discu... more

Dates: November 13, 2014 - November 14, 2014
Times: times vary by event
Location: 230 Franklin Road, Franklin TN 37064
Admission: free
Recurrence: daily
2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event: The Final Campaign in Tennessee

THE GUITAR AND A PEN OLD TIME RADIO HOUR

The Civil War comes to Franklin: Enjoy an old time radio hour with music and the spoken word...all connecting to the Civil War. All procee... more

Dates: November 13, 2014
Times: 8pm
Location: The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin TN 37064
Admission: $10 per person
The Guitar and a Pen Old Time Radio Hour

BLUE & GRAY DAYS

Join living history re-enactors for Blue & Gray Days at Carnton Plantation.  Guests will have the rare opportunity to go back in time ... more

Dates: November 14, 2014 - November 15, 2014
Times: fri 1pm-5pm, sat 9am-5pm
Location: Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Admission: $5 per person (event admission only; does not include tour of the home)
Recurrence: daily
Blue & Gray Days

SEEDS FOR THE GARDEN: A BENEFIT FOR CARTER HOUSE GARDEN

A Benefit featuring Alison Brown, Claire Lynch & Friends at the Franklin Theatre.... more

Dates: November 14, 2014
Times: tba
Location: Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 538-2076
Admission: admission charged
Seeds for the Garden: A benefit for Carter House Garden

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... more

Dates: November 15, 2014 - November 16, 2014
Location: Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Admission: Advance ticket purchases only: $12 per person online, $7 for ages 6-12, free under 6
Recurrence: daily
150th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Re-enactment

THE 1861 PROJECT

The 1861 Project is a collection of original songs inspired by the people who fought and lived through the American Civil War. It's a contemporar... more

Dates: November 28, 2014
Times: 8pm
Location: Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 538-2076
Admission: admission charged
The 1861 Project

FRANKLIN BATTLEFIELD TOUR WITH ED BEARSS

National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Ed Bearss will host an exclusive Franklin Battlefield bus tour November 29 and 30 to commemorate t... more

Dates: November 29, 2014 - November 30, 2014
Times: breakfast 8:30am; bus departs at 9am and returns at 1pm
Location: The Lotz House, 1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064
Contact: J.T. Thompson
Phone: (615) 790-7190
Admission: $100 per person
Recurrence: daily
Franklin Battlefield Tour with Ed Bearss

HISTORIAN'S DINNER WITH ED BEARSS

Join us for the "Historian's Dinner with Ed Bearss" marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin November 29 and 30, 2014.... more

Dates: November 29, 2014
Times: 6pm: reception, 7pm: dinner
Location: Eastern Flank Battle Park Hall, 1343 Carnton Lane, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 790-7190
Admission: $150 per person
Recurrence: daily
Historian's Dinner with Ed Bearss

150TH ANNIVERSARY BATTLE OF FRANKLIN ILLUMINATION



Dates: November 30, 2014
Times: 4:30pm
Location: Carnton Plantation, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 794-0903
Admission: Free Admission
150th Anniversary Battle of Franklin Illumination

MARCH TO CARTER HOUSE

On the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, both Confederate and Union reenactors and others in civilian attire will converge on the Cart... more

Dates: November 30, 2014
Times: 4pm
Location: Carter House, 1140 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064
Contact: David Eagan
Admission: free admission
March to Carter House

ONGOING EVENTS

LOTZ HOUSE PRIVATE CELLAR TOURS

Franklin Tennessee's Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson announced today the Civil War house museum will open its cellar for private to... more

Dates: February 15, 2014 - October 18, 2014
Times: 10am - 12pm
Location: The Lotz House, 1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin TN 37064
Contact: J.T. Thompson
Phone: (615) 790-7190
Admission: $30 per person
Recurrence: monthly on the 3rd Saturday
Lotz House Private Cellar Tours

SESQUICENTENNIAL GUIDED TOURS OF MCGAVOCK CEMETERY

Civil War historian Thomas Cartwright is offering a special, officially sanctioned guided tour of the McGavock Confederate Cemetery located a sto... more

Dates: April 19, 2014 - November 15, 2014
Times: 3pm
Location: McGavock Confederate Cemetery, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle, Franklin TN 37064
Phone: (615) 790-7190
Admission: $30 adults, $15 children 12 & under
Recurrence: monthly on the 3rd Saturday
Sesquicentennial Guided Tours of McGavock Cemetery