Sightseeing

In Franklin

Carter House - Built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, the Carter House was caught in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War on November 30, 1864. This Registered National Historic Landmark is now open to the public and serves as a memorial to the Carter Family as well as the countless heroes in the Battle of Franklin. The modest brick home was used as the Federal Command Post while the Carter family took refuge in the cellar. You can see the evidence of over 1,000 bullet holes remaining on site, including the most battle-damaged building from the Civil War.

Carnton Plantation - Carnton is the restored home of John and Carrie McGavock. The house once a vibrant plantation home, served as field hospital to hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers following the Battle of Franklin in 1864. The house, grounds and garden are open for tours daily.

Lotz House Museum - The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era.The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at “the epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, 1864.Join us as we step back into Civil War history.

*You can obtain a joint ticket to see the Carter house, Carnton and Lotz House for $30. Tickets can be purchased at any of those places, or can be purchased separately at each location.

Things to do in Franklin Tn and what to do in Nashville Tn

In Nashville

Honky Tonk Row – As the Grand Ole Opry took its place at the Historic Ryman Auditorium and in music history, the nearby Honky Tonk clubs of Lower Broadway became a creative breeding ground for hopeful performers, musicians and songwriters yearning to make it in Music City. Part live music venue and part musician community, the clubs provided encouragement, a stage, and a tip jar for struggling artists.

Country Music Hall of Fame - The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry.

Ryman Auditorium - What brings performers to the Ryman Auditorium today is what attracted so many great entertainers throughout its history. The beauty of a well-seasoned performance hall, like that of a fine vintage instrument, cannot be reproduced. The Ryman’s acoustics, built to project the voice of Sam Jones so long ago, are among the finest in the world. Today, the Ryman remains true to its diverse entertainment legacy, hosting concerts of all genres by a new generation of entertainers for a new generation of audiences. Click here to visit the show history page.

Grand Ole Opry - What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry, an American icon and Nashville, Tennessee’s number-one attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages

General Jackson Showboat - Our 300 foot paddlewheel riverboat is one of the largest showboats in the country. It boasts four massive decks with a beautiful two-story Victorian Theater located in the center of the boat where live music shows are performed. Both midday and evening cruises offer a variety of entertainment options throughout the year. You’ll always find something new just around the bend. Holiday cruises begin mid-November each year, and special cruises includes a festive New Year’s Eve celebration. The General Jackson is an experience you’ll only find in Music City!

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere –  Add some exotic to the everyday with Nashville Zoo. Wander through a lush canopy of bamboo, come face to face with a clouded leopard, feed some Australian parrots, and delve into the far reaches of the Amazon. Nashville Zoo is your ticket to African elephants, giraffes, poison arrow frogs, zebras, red pandas, Bengal tigers, gibbons, meerkats and much more! In between your animal adventures, be sure to take a spin on our Wild Animal Carousel, monkey around our 66,000-square-foot Jungle Gym, or even step back in time at our Grassmere Historic Home and Farm.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel – Gaylord Opryland is recognized for its extraordinary service, luxurious accommodations and first-class environment. Under majestic, climate controlled glass domes, you’ll be surrounded by nine acres of lush indoor gardens, winding rivers and pathways and sparkling waterfalls where you can explore, shop, dine and be entertained.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art - Cheekwood is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum located on the historic Cheek estate. With nationally recognized collections of American and contemporary painting and sculpture, a botanical garden named in the “Top Five” by Southern Living magazine, and year-round family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone at Cheekwood!

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Other Areas

Stones River National Battlefield - The Battle of Stones River was one of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the Civil War.

The Hermitage - Tour of President’s mansion with guides in period costume. Explore other historic buildings on plantation grounds. Cafe and museum shop.

Belle Meade Plantation - Once one of the largest private estates in Nashville encompassing 5,400 acres and home to five generations of the Harding-Jackson family, Belle Meade Plantation today is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. Before the Civil War, Belle Meade flourished; today bullets from the Battle of Nashville scar the house, used as Confederate Gen. Chalmers’ headquarters. Known as “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations,” Bell Meade was known world-wide for its thoroughbred horses.

Cumberland Caverns - Tennessee’s largest show cave. Conveniently located between Nashville, Chattanooga and Gatlinburg, Cumberland Caverns offers a great day of fun and exciting no matter what your age. Only a short drive from Fall Creek Falls State Park, Rock Island State Park, Center Hill Lake, and Savage Gulf (the Stone Door), Cumberland Caverns is the perfect choice for an afternoon activity or a full day adventure.

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