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Lotz House Museum, Franklin

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Lotz House Museum tells the story of the talented Lotz family and their home during the American Civil War. A guide will take you through the remarkable house. Admire the intricate carpentry of Johann Lotz and the finest Civil War-era antiques collection in the South. The Lotz house was in the central area of the Battle of Franklin, one of the bloodiest of the war, and you can still see damage from the five hours of fighting. Look for the charred dent in the wooden floor from a cannonball that crashed through the roof. Following the battle, the house served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. Bloodstains are still visible on the floors and walls throughout the house. On your way out, stop by the gift shop, which features DVDs and books about the Civil War, as well as one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles. . Before you visit Franklin, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We walked in when the tour was just getting started so timing was perfect. The tour lasts about an hour and focuses on the Lotz family and their experience with one of the bloodiest battles of the... 
    We walked in when the tour was just getting started so timing was perfect. The tour lasts about an hour and focuses on the Lotz family and their experience with one of the bloodiest battles of the...  more »
  • Seth was our guide and he was great. The story of the battle of Franklin and the house and the Lotz family was very interesting. I can not imagine the fear during the battle and the aftermath of....  more
    Seth was our guide and he was great. The story of the battle of Franklin and the house and the Lotz family was very interesting. I can not imagine the fear during the battle and the aftermath of....  more »
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  • This home is rich with history, from the workmanship of the original owners to the historical tours given by the staff. It takes you back in time to enjoy and learn about the past. Mr. Thomas is the most entertaining tour guide I've ever listened to he definitely keeps your attention the amount of knowledge this man knows from the past with dates, times, people and places is remarkable! Then you have sweet Kelly she is who is a joy to be around and listen to she's really good with the children on the tours, and in the gift shop. Mr Chuck who used to be a teacher is also extremely knowledgeable and has done countless reenactments of the battles. During the haunted tours you will also encounter a volunteer Mrs Nikki who is amazing as well. The home in itself is just amazing from the stairs case, to the fireplaces. The beautiful antiques that are in the home. The owners have such a love and admiration for this home and it shows from the upkeep to their workers and volunteers. It truly is a must see! I have been their several times and will continue to go back and enjoy this beautiful historical place that just reminds you of home.
  • A must stop for anyone interested American history. I arrived later in the afternoon and was able to jump into a tour with tour guide Chuck aka Fidel Castro. It was very clear the man behind the massive Wilford Brimley mustache not only shares and educates history with all those around him but has also live a lot of it himself. I found the tour to be super informative and also very entertaining due to Chuck. This house is very well preserved and just full of period artifacts and will not disappoint. Take some time out of your shopping and BBQ filled day and patron this truly amazing part of our legacy. Great gift shop with more then just your normal "trinkets". Chuck recommend a book to me about the Battle of Franklin called "Five Tragic Hours" and I have not been able to put it down.

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