Carter House Visitor Center & Museum is located at the corner of Columbia Avenue and West Folkes Street. If you are wanting something close to downtown Carter House is the place. It offers daily tours that last about an hour or so. They also offer an extended tour which includes the Franklin battelfield near the Carter House. Or if you would like you can get an extended tour of the house and grounds which lasts about an hour and a half. You can purchase tickets online and see the various options available.
Carnton House is located on Eastern Flank Circle in Franklin. This home and museum also offers guided tours and has a 'Behind the Scenes' tour that is seperate from the basic tours. They also have extended tours with the Eastern Flank Battlefield Park close by as well as the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. The cemetery the land sits on was donated by the McGavock family in 1866. There are over 1400 Confederate soldiers buried there who were caualties from the Battle of Franklin in 1864.
Eastern Flank Battlefield Park is in walking distance from the Carnton House and Museum. This park is fairly new considering it was the former site of the Battle of Franklin. Previously it was the Franklin Country Club and Golf Course before the City of Franklin along with the help of the American Battlefield Trust became the new owners of the property in 2006. The renovation to turn it in to what it is today began in 2008. It now offers indoor events, including weddings, but also has an outside event area. It is a uniquie place to visit if you are in town.
Fort Granger Park sits due east of downtown Franklin. It more of a nature area, but offers walking trails and the view of Franklin is spectacular from some of its small hills. The neat thing is the whole area is surrounded by civil war trenches throughout the property. If you want a nice quiet stroll, Fort Granger Park is one of the neatest places that affords you that ability to just relax and enjoy the scenery while still being very close to downtown.
Winstead Hill Park sits on the far south side of Franklin and is a Historical Battle Site. Another tree filled park with historical roots, Winstead Hill has walking trails and monuments and markers you can view and learn some history. It does have a Civil War Monument as well in the park. One unique feature at these parks is the ability to use your mobile phone to take a tour, you can call the number or use the QR reader at each site. Being a battlefield site and sitting on a ridge the phone tour is very interesting. So bring your earpods and take a walk back in time.
Carter Gin Site and Park also located on Columbia Avenue in Franklin has Civil War cannons and a walk way that leads south across the street to Carter's Hill Park. One of the smaller parks the Carter Gin House Historical marker can be seen on the southeast corner of the park site. This park is anothe former battlefield that sits on 20 acres and has historical markers to read with replicated Civil War cannons in the park.