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Battle of Franklin Trust announces annual Blue & Gray Days

Annual event draws over 500 school children
and adult spectators to witness re-enactments and demonstrations 
The Battle of Franklin Trust is pleased to announce this year’s Blue & Gray Days on November 8-9. Visitors can join Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and other living history re-enactors at this very successful annual event held at Carnton Plantation and The Carter House.  This year’s Blue and Gray Days presenting Field Officer Sponsor is SunTrust Bank and the Foot Soldier Sponsor is Williamson Medical.  
Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to go back in time and witness Civil War era artisans as they demonstrate 1860s life. Visitors will witness soldier camp life, including a blacksmith, flag and soldier presentation, weaver/spinner presentation, a cooking demo, cannon and clothing demos, period sutlers, and a period photographer.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear slave spirituals from both the Princely Players.
Both houses will be closed to regular visitor traffic from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, November 8 as the sites will be reserved for school field trips. School tours will be 30 minutes long and the students will have the chance to interact with the living historians.  Guided house tours will be available to the general public Friday, November 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, November 9, Blue & Gray Days programs will begin at 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. with a sizable skirmish at Carnton at noon.  Guided house tours will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A grounds pass is $5 at Carnton and $5 at The Carter House and will allow guests to enjoy the living historians and re-enactors.  Tickets for a guided house tour, which includes access to the grounds, are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors over 65. Children ages 6-12 are $8. Children under 6 are free.  All proceeds help support the Battle of Franklin Trust.  A Value Ticket is also available, which includes guided tours of Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and Lotz House at a savings of $10. 
Please contact Angell Wallace at (615)794-0903 or for more information.  
Or visit our website at
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 November 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.

Posted on: 11/5/2013


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