Franklin, Tennessee: House with 1,000 Civil War Bullet Holes

Not a nice place to be during the Battle of Franklin, where bodies lay six feet deep. Stick your finger in a hole and experience history. Bullet holes only visible after paid admission.

Carter House

Address:
1140 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN
Directions:
I-65 exit 65. Drive west on Hwy 96/Murfreesboro Rd into town. Go three-quarters around the town square, then bear right onto Main St. In two blocks bear left onto Columbia Ave., then drive six blocks south. Turn right onto W. Fowlkes St., then left into the Carter House parking lot.
Hours:
April-Oct. M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5; off-season closes at 4. (Call to verify)
Phone:
615-791-1861
Admission:
Adults $18.
RA Rates:
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1,000 bullet holes.

House with 1,000 Civil War Bullet Holes

Walked around the property late one Sunday, we didn't know where to park, so we parked at the haunted Lotz House across the street (Look it up!) walked through an open gate in a picket fence in front of the property. The place is worth checking out for sure -- I lost count after about 50 bullet holes.

We got confused why the visitor center was all the way in back; after talking to a couple other wayward travelers, we figured out the entrance and parking was off a side street. I'm not sure if we broke the rules or were trespassing. But we'll be back for the tour and I'll give them a good donation.

[Matthew Krist, 05/15/2015]
House Riddled with 1,000 Civil War Bullet Holes

Admission is $12, and necessary to see the building at all. There's a gift shop and info desk at the location.

[Mary Helen, 04/01/2010]
House Riddled with 1,000 Civil War Bullet Holes

When the Carter family prepared for dinner on November 30, 1864, the last thing they expected was a nighttime pitched battle between Union and Confederate forces in their backyard. The Battle of Franklin, called by some the "Gettysburg of the West," raged for five hours, and killed more Rebel generals than any other conflict. Battle maps show fat force arrows all pointing at the Carter House, which survived (along with the family). Today visitors can poke a finger in any of the hundreds of bullet holes in the preserved structure.

[Roadside America Team, 04/26/2003]

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