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The Carter House Candlelight Tour

The Battle of Franklin Trust has announced the 40th Annual Carter House Candlelight Tour sponsored by First Farmers and Merchants Bank, Williamson Medical Center and Signature Transportation Services. The Candlelight Tour will showcase homes in historic Franklin Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, 6-9:30 p.m.

This year’s tour will include the following homes:


1.            Adgent House, 123 Lewisburg Ave.

2.            Stewart House, 201 Lewisburg Ave.

3.            North-Nance House, 206 Lewisburg Ave.

4.            Drs. North-Miller House, 208 Lewisburg Ave.

5.            Mills-Crosby-Jewell House, 211 Lewisburg Ave.

6.            Stubblefield House, 219 Lewisburg Ave.

7.            Ross House, 220 Lewisburg Ave.


Additionally, The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and Lotz House will be on the tour, portraying stories of The Battle of Franklin on its anniversary, Nov. 30 and will be decorated in period holiday style Dec. 1.

In making the announcement, The President of the Board of Directors of The Carter House, Ed Underwood said, “The Candlelight Tour has been a Franklin tradition for 39 years. This year, we are thrilled to feature homes on Lewisburg Avenue, some of which date back to the 1890s. We want to thank the co-chairs of this tour, Sally Nance and Ruthann Ross, who have organized a memorable event.”

Ticket prices are $25 in advance or $30 starting Nov. 30. Advance tickets may be purchased at beginning Nov. 1.

Because there is no street parking on Lewisburg Avenue, guests must park at The Carter House or Carnton Plantation. Free shuttles will pick up from these locations and drop off on Lewisburg Avenue where each home is accessible by foot.

This event serves as a fundraiser for the Battle of Franklin Trust that manages The Carter House and Carnton Plantation.

The Carter House, completed in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, is an example of an antebellum farm home. The house was caught in some of the bloodiest hours of the Civil War during the Battle of Franklin, Nov. 30, 1864, and still bears the marks of the bullet damage today. Four original structures from the once nearly 300-acre farm still stand at the site today as the most battle damaged buildings from the Civil War.

Carnton Plantation, originally owned by John and Carrie McGavock, holds a special place in history as a hospital during the days and weeks that followed the Battle of Franklin on Nov. 30, 1864. Close to 10,000 American soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or counted as missing during the five hour battle. Nearly 7,000 out of the 10,000 were Confederate soldiers. 

The Carter House and Carnton Plantation are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 


The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor experience of the Nov. 30, 1864 battle. It’s organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history. Learn more at or call 615-794-0903. 

Posted on: 10/30/2012


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