Lotz House and Rippavilla Plantation are launching a joint value ticket for guided tours of each Civil War house museum for $20. The ticket is a $4 savings and the unused ticket does not expire and is transferrable.
In making the announcement, Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Rippavilla Plantation in offering visitors a discount to experience guided tours of each home and learn the story of the Battle of Spring Hill, which set the stage for the Battle of Franklin held November 30, 1864. The stories are so intertwined, so it’s impactful for visitors to understand the whole picture of the incidents and decisions that led to the bloodiest battle of the Civil War in Franklin.”
In addition, Rippavilla Plantation has loaned the Lotz House a War Log that originated from the Battle of Franklin.
“We’re happy to partner with the Lotz House to provide visitors two guided tours that tell such compelling stories of the families as well as the battles held in 1864,” said Kate Wilson, executive director of Rippavilla Plantation. “We’re excited to be able to loan the Lotz House our War Log which is returning home to Franklin for the first time since 1864. The log has visible bullets, cannister rounds and shrapnel from the battle, and as far as we know it’s the only existing piece of its kind from the area.”
Thompson added, “We hope visitors get a chance to witness this incredible piece of history while it’s on display here through the end of the year.”
Tickets are available at each location. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Ave. For more information, call 615-790-7190 or visit www.lotzhouse.com.
Rippavilla Plantation is a Greek Revival style mansion built in 1855 by Nathaniel and Susan Cheairs among 100 acres of farmland in Spring Hill, Tenn. On the morning of November 30, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood outlined plans for what would be one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War – the Battle of Franklin. The house is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. Rippavilla is located 20 minutes south of Franklin at 5700 Main Street in Spring Hill. For more information, call 931-489-1073 or visit www.rippavilla.org.