Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Battle of Franklin Trust

  • Franklin, TN
  • www.boft.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Battle of Franklin Trust is to preserve, understand, and interpret the story of a people forever impacted by the American Civil War. Two historic landmarks, families and community witnessed the carnage first hand: The Carter House and Carnton Plantation.

Main Programs

  1. Exhibits
  2. Guided Tours
  3. Hands On History
  4. Weddings at Carnton Plantation
  5. Vintage Base Ball Games
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Situated in Middle Tennessee, Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and Franklin Battlefield serve visitors from across the United States and internationally who are interested in the Civil War and mid-nineteenth century America.

ruling year

2009

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Mr. Eric Jacobson

Keywords

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Civil War Historical Sites, American Battlefields

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EIN

27-0288159

 Number

0916102382

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Battle of Franklin Trust was formed in 2009 and is a 501(c)3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin's battlefield sites to contribute to a greater understanding and enrich the visitor educational experience of the November 30, 1864 battle and impact of the battle on the Middle Tennessee Community . It is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle and the Franklin community so as to preserve an important part of the nation's history. The Trust has begun to expand their discussions to include the evolution of American as it left the 18th century, moved through the 19th century and how it relates to present day 21st century. Revised exhibitions to allow for additional education of the Reconstruction years after the Battle of Franklin. These two historic sites, artifacts and documents welcome approximately 100,000 visitors a year so preservation for future generations is an ongoing responsibility/enterprise.

Programs

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Program 1

Exhibits

The Carter House exhibit, "A Century Old Battle: The Civil War Centennial," focuses on the events in Middle Tennessee. From 1961 to 1965, the Carter House served as the headquarters of the Williamson County Civil War Centennial Committee. The committee helped coordinate various events in the Franklin area including the large Battle of Franklin re-enactment held on November 29, 1964. Centennial memorabilia has been gathered for the display including a re-enactor's uniform and a Carter House scrapbook. It is important to remember how the events of just fifty years ago shape the way many remember the Civil War. The Franklin 150th Exhibit- A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a display of Spring Hill & Franklin related objects, from John Bell Hood's campaign desk to Patrick Cleburne's pistol & the battle flag of the 31st Tennessee Infantry. Dozens of artifacts will be on display with maps, text panels, & a variety of display backgrounds to bring the 1864 Tennessee Campaign to life.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$14,000.00

Program 2

Guided Tours

The Carter House and Carnton Plantation are shown by guided tour. The first tour of the day is usually at 9:30am and the last is at 4pm. Each tour lasts about one hour. Admission for each site is: Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children (6-12) $8, Children under 6 free. Franklin Battlefield Tours (90 minutes) are shown by guided tour at The Carter House for those that have a more in depth military maneuvers interest:$25. We offer a value ticket for house admission to The Carter House, Carnton Plantation and the Lotz House for $30. The price represents a $10 savings per adult admission over purchasing tickets separately. 2015 will offer Carnton Plantation Garden Tours by guided tour.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 3

Hands On History

The Battle of Franklin Trust is putting on a monthly program for kids ages 5-10. The one hour classes will be held at The Carter House or Carnton Plantation and we will experience different aspects of the 1860s and Civil War life. Classes such as Toys, Toys, Toys!, Archaeology Dig, Camp of instruction, Who Wore What?, Hardtack and Haversacks, A Victorian Halloween, and Christmas in Carrie's Attic are some of the classes throughout the year. Visit our website www.battleoffranklintrust.org for dates and more information or to sign up your little historian.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 4

Weddings at Carnton Plantation

We all know that Carnton was the area's largest field hospital after the Battle of Franklin. So why is it such a popular wedding venue? Blood-stained floors don't translate into a place where couples say their "I do's." While none of us can truly understand what the McGavocks experienced during those hours, days & months after the battle, we can all appreciate their courage & sacrifice. A house full of wounded soldiers is certainly not an ideal situation for any family, but the lessons learned in those trying times would remain with them for the rest of their days. After the war, life moved on for the McGavocks. John and Carrie had children to raise, cattle to care for, and land to farm. Despite what they had witnessed, Carnton was their home and the place where their children would hold their own weddings. The McGavock story is one of triumph over tragedy. We all ultimately want a fairytale, and there's not a better place for couples to begin theirs than at Carnton Plantation.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$60,000.00

Program 5

Vintage Base Ball Games

After nearly 150 years, a Civil War-era style of base ball will once again be played in Tennessee. Vintage base ball (yes, it was two words in the 1860s) is a sport with strong support in the Midwest and Northeast but no teams in any state of the Mid-South until recently when the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball was formed. Carnton Plantation is pleased to be the home field for the Franklin Farriers. Games will be played on April 12, May 3rd, June 21st, July 12th and tournament September 12-13th. Double headers each date- times TBD and are free to the public.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Situated in Middle Tennessee, Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and Franklin Battlefield serve visitors from across the United States and internationally who are interested in the Civil War and mid-nineteenth century America.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Carter House Site Improvements-Stabilize each of the outbuildings, kitchen, smokehouse and farm office. Continue recreation of the Carter orchard which will include peach and apple trees - and expansion with removal of newly acquired battlefield. Conservation of permanent collection items- i.e. photographs, documents, textiles and other artifacts. A New Exhibit Installation - educational components such as the Reconstruction years in Middle Tennessee. This educational exhibit installation design to also allow for revenue generation such as lecture, conference and event space. Carnton Site Improvements— The historic spring house, smoke house, slave quarters to be stabilized and house electrical to be rewired. Both property gardens, the McGavock's personal and slave garden, provide an integral part of the site today, much as it was to the McGavocks and their slaves many years ago. Interpretive signs are desired for each of the outbuildings and gardens. Carpet and Floorcloth at The Carter House-We plan to install a reproduction of the floorcloth in the hallway to make it look as it did in the 19th century. We also need to carpet the master bedroom, and install carpet in the parlor.

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BATTLE OF FRANKLIN TRUST INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Principal Officer

Mr. Eric Jacobson

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"This past year was another important and successful one. As we move forward, as one united organization, I am happy to announce that our new Battle of Franklin Trust board of directors has approved a new logo. The new logo went through several stages, and in the end I think we have come up with something that carries us years into the future. It focuses on the Battle of Franklin, and does not mention the separate historic properties; The Carter House or Carnton. As many have heard me say, I see a time, and one that is not too distant, people will be visiting Franklin to hear the story of the entire battle and its aftermath, and not just to visit one of the historic sites. They will come to Franklin just as they travel to Shiloh or Vicksburg or Chickamauga. Moving beyond the idea of just one site or another is key to making this a reality. The story of the Battle of Franklin is timeless. Years ago, it deserved, and deserves for many years from now, to be remembered. It is not just about the battle. It is also about its aftermath, its impact on civilians, its place in the history of the war, and how it helped spell the end of the war. But there is more. It is about how America was plunged toward that terrible war by decisions which dated back to its founding. More importantly, it is about how a badly damaged but united America emerged from the war and began to repair and rebuild itself. It is about how we avoided fighting another such war, and about how the country moved down the difficult path from freedom to equality. The Battle of Franklin was a terrible event, and it wreaked trauma across a wide landscape that stretched far outside of Tennessee. It was and is The Greatest Story of the Civil War, even if it encompassed some of the best and worst elements of who we were. Our job is to tell this incredibly powerful story. We welcome everyone who want to learn about America and how we got from the 18th century to the 21st century.Thank You, Eric Jacobson COO/Historian, BOFT Marianne Schroer Chair, BOFT"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Marianne Schroer

Board President

Term: Oct 2009 - Dec 2017

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