Vintage Base Ball at Carnton

Catch a Vintage Base Ball game at Carnton! The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball hosts games in the field adjacent to Carnton - players use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s to bring history to life. Games are free and open to the public!

2018 Schedule - Games at Carnton

August 12 - 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm

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.


History Summer Camp
Tuesday through Thursday, July 17-19*

In these camps (offered in both June and July), children will learn about soldier camp life, civilian life during the war, and the families that lived in the homes through demonstrations, contests, trips and prizes.  It is an educational and fun experience that allows children to dive into the history of the Civil War. The cost of this camp is $125.00/per camper. Click here to read more! Volunteers needed.
*History Summer Camp has reached capacity. Camp will be offered again in summer 2019.

Contact: Sarah Falck, Education Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Lecture Series:
"The Past & Future of Our Civil War" with speakers Hewitt Sawyers & Carroll Van West
Thursday, July 26

Speakers Hewitt Sawyers and Carroll Van West will address the impact the Civil War has on Americans and discuss their perspectives on the past and the future of the war’s memory. Sawyers has served as pastor for West Harpeth Primitive Baptist Church in Williamson County since 1983. With a background in agriculture and gospel ministry, Sawyers is invested in serving the Franklin community. Dr. West is both a professor and director of the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation. Additionally, he serves as the Tennessee State Historian and is director of The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area. 

The lecture will take place at 6:00 pm at the Fleming Center at Carnton and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required due to limited seating.

Reservations/Contact: Jayde Smith, Event Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Sunset Concert Series
Sunday, July 29
feat. Resurrection, Journey Tribute Band

Carnton’s family-friendly outdoor concert is the perfect occasion for members of the community to gather on the lawn and listen to some of the area’s most talented musicians. The gates open at 4:00 pm and the music lasts from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guests are welcome to pack picnic dinners or take advantage of delicious local on-site food trucks and beverage vendors. Click here to buy tickets or learn more. Volunteers needed.

Contact: Jayde Smith, Event Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Teacher Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 18

Show your Teacher ID to get free admission into both Carter House and Carnton on Classic House Tours.

Contact: Sarah Falck, Education Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Bootlegger’s Bash
Friday, September 28

This annual fundraiser is inspired by the rich bootlegging history of Williamson County. Bootlegger’s Bash is an event which features all things truly Southern: sampling of local whiskeys, delicious Southern cooking, and a lively band—all in the garden at Carnton under twinkling lights & lush greenery. Make your plans with friends for this casual & laid back evening to show your support for preservation. For more information or to buy tickets, click here. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Contact: Jayde Smith, Event Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Descendants’ Reunion
Friday through Sunday – October 5-7  

The Battle of Franklin Trust will host the eleventh annual Descendants’ Reunion during the first weekend in October 2018. Descendants of soldiers and civilians who experienced the Battle of Franklin gather to share stories and learn more about their ancestor’s legacy. This event includes dinners, speakers, and guided tours of sites relevant to the Battle of Franklin. Registration is required.

Registration is open until September 7. Click here for more information.

Contact: Jayde Smith, Event Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Blue & Gray Days
Thursday through Saturday – November 8-10

Blue & Gray Days draws hundreds of school children and adult spectators every year. At both Carter House and Carnton, guests will meet Civil War re-enactors and get hands-on experience with clothes, trades, and weapons of the past. This living history experience is the perfect field trip and great for families. Volunteers needed.

Contact: Sarah Falck, Education Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Battle of Franklin 5K & Kids’ Fun Run
Saturday, November 17

Join us for our fourth annual 5K Run/Walk and Kids' Fun Run!  Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. This event is pet friendly and accepts day-of registrations. Volunteers needed.

Contact: Jayde Smith, Event Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

154th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin – Illumination
Friday, November 30

To commemorate the Anniversary 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. Volunteers needed.

Contact: Jayde Smith, Event Coordinator or (615) 786-1864

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Opportunities are available for 2018 sponsorships!
Learn more by contacting Laurie McPeak at or (615) 786-1864.