The Travel Channel production team has been gearing up for a Friday evening taping at the Historic Lotz House in Franklin to film a show, highlighting the spookier aspects of the historic property.
The folklore of ghosts making their presence known, where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place, is what drew a camera crew to the Lotz House property for the taping of the show "Haunted Live," part of a series which will air live on the Travel Channel Friday at 9 p.m.
"Haunted Live" features the Tennessee Wraith Chasers as they investigate haunted locations across the nation. The TWC performs experiments in hopes of capturing definitive proof of ghosts.
In 2010, the Lotz House was dubbed as "The Second-Most Terrifying Place in America" by the Travel Channel, not only because of its rich Civil War battle history but because of reports of unexplained phenomena. The site is also frequented by tourists as part of the "Franklin On Foot" ghost tours.
The taping will consist of a Civil War reenactment, in which blanks will be fired adding to the drama (residents, cover your ears), and the channel will explore stories of hauntings at the site.
Travel Channel Production Manager Allison Gale said the taping and production work will take about 14 hours to complete. The crew will spend about 12 hours preparing to film the live one-hour show and then approximately four hours will be spent in post-production work.
“The Lotz House, according to our research, is one of the most haunted places we have found,” Gale said.
The Travel Channel also visited the home in 2011 as part of a series on ghosts at historic places.
The Lotz House history
The Lotz House is located on the battlefield of the bloody Battle of Franklin, which took place Nov. 29, 1864.
On the night of the battle, approximately 25,000 Northern soldiers retreated from Spring Hill into Franklin, where the troops dug protective trenches south of the Lotz House and waited to see if they would be attacked by the Confederate army.
“When the Lotz family awakened on the morning of November 30, in effect the Federal Line had been established in their front yard,” JT Thompson, curator of the Lotz House, reports on the historic site’s website.
“Mr. Lotz, fearing that his family, his wife Margaretha, his sons Paul and Augustus and daughter Matilda would not survive the battle in their ‘wooden house,’ they sought refuge 110 steps across the street in the brick basement of The Carter House.
After the battle raged around them for the next 17 hours, the Lotz family along with 20 others seeking refuge, survived.
“When they exited the basement the next morning, they were horrified to see the bodies of dead soldiers six feet deep between The Carter House and their home across the street,” Thompson reports.