Events at Carter House and Carnton provide opportunities for exploring these historic sites in a whole different way. From the Carnton Sunset Concert Series to Blue & Gray Days, there is something for everyone.

Dinner and Community Conversation

September 21, 2017 - 6:00 pm

The Battle of Franklin Trust will offer a dinner and community conversation exploring topics related to the Civil War and its aftermath, historical memory, and the future of Civil War interpretation. The 90 minute event will take place in the Fleming Center at Carnton, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. The $25 cost per person will include dinner served by Puckett’s, followed by a conversation led by Eric A. Jacobson, Battle of Franklin Trust CEO.

Reservations are required and seating is limited. Please contact Meagan Wuest at or (615) 794-0903 to make a reservation.

Teacher Appreciation Day

September 23, 2017

Show your Teacher ID to get free admission into both Carter House and Carnton on Classic House Tours. Teachers also receive 10% off educational resources in the gift shops. For more information, please contact Sarah Falck at or (615) 794-0903.

Civil War Lecture Series

October 5, 2017
6:00 pm
Performing Arts Theatre at Academy Park

Entitled “America, Our Civil War and the Expanding Conversation,” speaker Eric A. Jacobson will address evolving interpretation and what is in store for the future of Civil War history.

Reservations are required due to limited seating. Contact or (615) 794-0903. The Performing Arts Theatre at Academy Park is located at 112 Everbright. Parking is available along Everbright and behind the Williamson County Enrichment Center, access off of Granbury Street. This event is free and open to the public.

Blue & Gray Days

November 9 - 11, 2017

Blue and Gray Days is an annual living history event at Carter House and Carnton that allows guests to step into the past. In addition to the classic house tours, re-enactors and living historians set up camp sites and perform demonstrations. Visitors can meet and visit with Abraham Lincoln and Gen. U.S. Grant, play a game of 19th Century cricket, or learn the differences between Federal and Confederate soldiers.  Click here for additional details.

Dedication of Cannons to the City of Franklin

November 10, 2017
1:00 pm
Carter Hill Battlefield Park

After the Franklin Veteran's Day parade, our preservation partners, Franklin's Charge, will dedicate cannons to the City of Franklin at Carter Hill Battlefield Park. This event is free and open to the public.

Battle of Franklin 5K & Kids’ Fun Run

November 11, 2017

Join us for our third annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run on November 11, 2017!  Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. Click here for more details or to register.

153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin – Illumination

November 30, 2017

To commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin, 10,000 luminaries, representing the casualties of the battle, will be lit at dusk.  This event is free to the public.