|The Tennessee Antebellum Trail is a 90 mile looped trail of historic antebellum homes in the heart of middle Tennessee. The Trail begins just outside of Nashville and winds through the heart of middle Tennessee, encompassing five communities and eight beautiful antebellum homes and plantations. Our tour takes us through three communities and four of the antebellum homes and plantations. We will spend our time enjoying historical homes, wonderful food, and unique downtown shopping. |
HIGHLIGHT CITY: Franklin, TN • Spring Hill, TN • Columbia, TN
FEATURES: Carnton Plantation - Established in 1826. Carnton was the home of Randal McGavock, an early Tennessee pioneer and former mayor of Nashville. At its peak, Carnton Plantation held sway over 1400 acres, eleven slave quarters and 39 slaves. Following the Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864, the house and grounds served as a Confederate field hospital. According to family tradition, the back porch housed the bodies of four Confederate Generals - John Adams, Patrick Cleburne, Hiram Granbury and Otho Strahl - all killed on the battlefield during the Battle of Franklin. • The Rippavilla Plantation - Situated on 100 pristine acres in Maury County, Tennessee. The plantation grounds feature the mansion home, family and slave cemeteries, Freeman’s Bureau school house, slave quarters, the Battlefield of Spring Hill and the Rippavilla Plantation Museum Gift Shop. Started in 1852 and completed in 1855, Rippavilla Plantation was the home of Confederate soldier and French Huguenot, Nathaniel F. Cheairs IV and his wife, Susan. Rippavilla is a fully restored 1850’s Greek Revival mansion, stocked with original Cheairs family heirlooms, priceless antiques, original works of art and rare Civil War artifacts. Today, Rippavilla Plantation is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. • The James K. Polk Home - The only surviving residence of the 11th President of the United States of America. The Polk Home displays original Polk family belongings such as furniture, portraits, clothing, White House china, political memorabilia and more. Also on the grounds of the Polk home are a detached kitchen and a formal garden. The Polk Museum and multimedia experience in the adjacent Sisters’ House recount James K. Polk’s career and accomplishments. The Polk Presidential Hall, completed in 2006, features historical exhibits about the United States during President Polk’s term in office. • Carter House - In 1830, Fountain Branch Carter built a brick farmhouse just south of downtown Franklin for his small family. On November 30, 1864, the Battle of Franklin raged across the fields south of town, scarring the landscape, claiming the lives of thousands and changing life on the Carter Farm forever. Fountain Branch Carter’s son Tod was mortally wounded in the battle just southwest of his childhood home where he died two days later.