4 Real-Life Haunted Places in Franklin

Do you believe in ghosts? Franklin is rich in history with landmarks scattered across the area still standing as a reminder of that heritage.

Whether or not you believe, many places in Franklin have been associated with ghost sightings.





1. Carnton Plantation

Located on the Carnton property is the largest Confederate graveyard in the south. It has been said that you can see soldiers walking the fields. Others have spotted a young servant who still sweeps the kitchen and the ghost of one of the five generals who lost his life on the property.

What we know is that after the battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, five injured Confederate generals were laid on the front porch of this old mansion where they subsequently died. Caroline Winder McGavock, who comforted the soldiers before they died has since been spotted at various places in and around the house. There have also been reports of one of the generals riding a horse through the fields of the mansion.

Carnton Plantation even made it on a Google Map of Tennessee called The Haunted Tennessee Road Trip.

Nashville Ghost and Paranormal Investigators (NGPI) publishes photos taken at haunted places, in which they believe ghosts revealed themselves. Here are some photos they published of Carnton Plantation.

The featured image at the top of this article shows the back porch, where people enter for tours. NGPI explains that this picture shows a man sitting on the bench to the right of the door and a woman in a large dress standing to his right whose image is partially hidden behind the column. There were no people on this side of the house at the time the photo was taken, adds NGPI.

This photo supposedly shows a ghost sitting on the porch.



In this photo, the people at the bottom left of the picture are on a tour, but the blog site says the people on the porch are apparitions.




  1. I saw a ghost at Carnton late at night when I lived in Carriage Park. We also heard wood chopping and carpentry work going on there at two and three o’clock in the morning.
    When I was young my girl friend and I saw two forms of ghost walk across the back of the cemetery. Needless to say we never entered that cemetery again at night.
    In the late 50’s and early 60’s that was a favorite parking spot for high school kids.

  2. My grandparents were tenant farmers living in the Carnton home back in the 60’s so I spent many a night there and never heard or saw anything. Although I will say the cellar was spooky as a kid! Fond childhood memories working the tobacco fields with my grandfather.

  3. I was around 16 and me and my date decided to go to the graveyard late one night. This was about 1978. We were walking when we both felt a very cold chill. It was a muggy Summer Night. About 10 feet in front of us we saw clearly a man dressed in confederate gear. He was not solid, but we could make out his features. He was kneeling in front of a tombstone and looked up at us. We both were scared and started backing away. He seemed to just vanish like fog and we felt that cold chill again. Needless to say, we ran to the car as fast as we could and got out of there. That was the last time I went to the grounds, even though my kids wanted to see the Plantation and grave yard after hearing me tell the story. I know what we both saw and felt. The spirits are very active there.

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