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Lotz House and tour company team up for haunted house tours

Franklin on Foot Guides to Give Guests a Chilling Experience, Rare Opportunity

Many visitors tell Franklin on Foot Owner Margie Thessin they have felt the spooky presence of unfinished business at the Lotz House, the home that experienced death and destruction on the night of Nov. 30, 1864, during the Battle of Franklin. The tour company’s guides will share those stories in full detail during the Ghosts of the Battlefield tours, continuing through the fall.

The Lotz House, located just north of the Carter House on Columbia Avenue, was in the midst of the fighting during the battle. The experience during the skirmish and its aftermath is an intriguing example of civilian life during the War and occupation.

“Many historians call this the ‘five bloodiest hours of the Civil War,’” said Margie Thessin, Franklin on Foot owner. “There was unparalleled bloodshed that seems to have resulted in weird phenomena, unexplainable by rational means.”

History is written all over the beautifully restored c. 1858 home, dubbed “The Second-most Terrifying Place in America” by the Travel Channel in 2010. The tragic tales Thessin and her crew share will chill visitors as they view the house filled with period furnishings and decoration, along with the bloodstains and scars from that awful night.

“Margie is one of Franklin’s best storytellers,” said J.T. Thompson, executive director of the Lotz House Foundation. “We’re excited for this opportunity to partner with Franklin on Foot.”

Thompson, family members and several visitors have claimed to hear mysterious episodes, from a woman screaming out and a little girl peering out the window to hearing drummers beating to battle cadence.

For many, this is a rare opportunity. Though the Lotz House is open daily, Ghosts of the Battlefield is the only tour of its kind offered in the area.

“It’s not your typical haunted house,” Thompson said. “This tour will really move you.”

Tours will be held on Friday nights at 7 p.m., beginning on Sept. 21 at the Lotz House. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those under the age of 13. Reservations are required, and special tour times can be set for groups of four or more.

For information, visit or call Thessin at 615-400-3808.

Posted on: 9/17/2012


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