Carter House

The Battle of Franklin Trust will host Teacher Appreciation Days today, Saturday, Feb. 9 and Saturday, April 13 for all current educators and school staff. Teachers will receive free admission to Carter House and Carnton Classic House tours.

“Teacher Appreciation Days give us the opportunity to thank our educators,” said Eric A. Jacobson, CEO of The Battle of Franklin Trust. “Teachers serve as an important role in our community telling the stories of Franklin and America’s past. They inspire students to take an interest in history and dig deeper to learn the entire story of the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin.”

Carter House and surrounding grounds have been open to the public since 1953 and allow students and other guests to experience the historical significance of the Battle of Franklin through the perspective of the Carter family and their enslaved people. Carnton has been open to the public since the late 1970s and offers visitors and school groups the chance to explore and understand the history of the McGavock family, who was directly impacted by the Battle of Franklin and used their home as a field hospital for the Confederate wounded soldiers.

Carter House and Carnton are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours are offered throughout the day with the last one beginning at 4 p.m. Each tour lasts approximately one hour. 

To participate in the Teacher Appreciation Days, school staff will be asked to show their school ID. Homeschooling parents are welcome and will be asked to show some form of ID as well. For more information, visit or contact Sarah Falck at or 615-905-0692. 

About The Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to contribute to visitors’ understanding of the November 30, 1864 Battle of Franklin. The Trust is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle to preserve this important part of the nation’s history.