Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Historic Carnton Plantation Association, Inc

  • Franklin, TN
  • www.battleoffranklintrust.org

Mission Statement

Carnton is a national model dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and management of a Franklin, Tennessee house museum, historic landscape and Civil War battle site. We communicate the compelling story of how the Battle of Franklin and Reconstruction impacted and changes the families of the McGavock Plantation in the 19th century.

Main Programs

  1. Guided Tours
  2. Blue & Gray Days
  3. Calicos and Cadets Civil War Camp
  4. Sunset Concert Series
  5. Hands On History
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Situated in Middle Tennessee, Carnton serves visitors from across the United States and internationally who are interested in the Civil War and mid-nineteenth century America.

ruling year

1977

Principal Officer since 2011

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Mr. Eric A. Jacobson

Keywords

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American Civil War, Cemeteries, American Battlefields

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EIN

62-1060911

 Number

7687223535

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs

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Program 1

Guided Tours

Carnton Plantation is 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 is $15 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $8 for Children 6-12 and Free for Children under 6. Guided Garden tours to be offered in 2015. We offer a value ticket for admission to Carnton Plantation, The Carter House and the Lotz House for $30. The price represents a $10 savings per adult admission over purchasing tickets separately.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 2

Blue & Gray Days

Experience Civil War history like never before. Blue and Gray Days will take place at both The Carter House and Carnton Plantation where guests can meet Civil War re-enactors, get hands-on experience with clothes, trades and weapons of the past, and even visit with Abraham Lincoln. Blue & Gray Days draws over 500 school children and hundreds of adult spectators every year. It will be held on November 8-9th. For additional details visit our website at www.battleoffranklintrust.org.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 3

Calicos and Cadets Civil War Camp

3 days of hands-on experience of what life was like during the Civil War for soldiers and women. Re-enactors will demonstrate weaponry, crafts, and clothing. Campers will learn to drill like true soldiers. Camp is for ages 8-12 year olds and cost is $100 per child. Dates are June 13-15 or July 11-13.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 4

Sunset Concert Series

Carnton Plantation serves as a unique venue for friends and families to relax on the lawn and listen to some of the area's most talented musicians. The concerts are the last Sunday of June, July and August. Gates open at 4:30pm with music from 6-8pm. Tickets may be purchased either in advance or at the door. Guests are welcome to pack picnic dinners or take advantage of on-site food and beverage vendors. Check out our website, www.battleoffranklintrust.org for more details.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 5

Hands On History

Battle of Franklin Trust is putting on a monthly program for kids 5-10 yrs old. Classes will be held at The Carter House or Carnton Plantation and will experience different aspects of the 1860s and Civil War life. Each class will focus on a specific area of one of our historic sites and may include a story, craft, or hands-on project. Classes include Dig into the Past, Toys, Toys, Toys!, All About Dolls, Archaeology Dig, Camp of Instruction, A Victorian Halloween and Christmas in Carrie's Attic. Visit our website www.battleoffranklintrust.org for class dates, more information or to sign up.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$2,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Situated in Middle Tennessee, Carnton serves visitors from across the United States and internationally who are interested in the Civil War and mid-nineteenth century America.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Garden Evergreens at Carnton--The personal garden at Carnton is an integral part of the site today, much as it was to the McGavocks many years ago. It holds a parterre design which is a formal garden constructed on a level surface, consisting of planting beds, typically in symmetrical patterns, separated and connected by gravel pathways. 3-4 of the large anchoring evergreens are nearing their life expectancy. Guests and brides never forget their time in the historic garden. Evergreens helped balance the historically correct planting beds during the none crop producing season. A New Exhibit Installation - Franklin Sesquicentennial Exhibit wraps in April, exhibit to have a new installation as to incorporate post sesquicentennial educational components such as the Reconstruction years. This educational exhibit installation design must also allow for revenue generation such as lecture, conference and event space. Conservation of permanent collection items- i.e. photographs, documents, textiles and other artifacts. Carnton Site Improvements— The historic spring house, smoke house, slave quarters to be stabilized and house electrical to be rewired. Interpretive signs are desired for each of the outbuildings and gardens.

Affiliations + Memberships

Tennessee Association of Museums

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HISTORIC CARNTON PLANTATION ASSOC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Principal Officer

Mr. Eric A. Jacobson

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" It has been an amazing period of time at Carnton, and really throughout our historic community as additional segments of the battlefield have been reclaimed and forever preserved. The board fence on the north side of the Carnton personal garden has been replaced. All in all, the story of the Battle of Franklin has enjoyed a renaissance that less than a decade ago seemed almost impossible. Attendance continues to rise. By the end last year, close to 100,000 guests from here in Middle Tennessee and around the country, as well as the world, will have visited Carnton and The Carter House. The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin in late 2014 certainly brought increased numbers of visitors, but our work is not complete - 2015 will be a very busy year. Over the past three to four years we have accomplished many great things. From installing a climate control system at The Carter House, to substantial work on the exterior and interior of Carnton, as well as very extensive work on the grounds at The Carter House, to fully digitizing the incredible collection of photographs and documents, there is no doubt that our preservation work continues every day and will last long into the future. This continues to be our time to make Franklin's story what it always should have been. We have 10 or 20 year window to make a real difference in Franklin-to save what battlefield can be preserved, protect the homes and their outbuildings that witnessed so much American history, and leave this story to the next generation of people. As you consider making donations, I would ask that you consider the Battle of Franklin Trust. Please know that your donation to the Trust will go towards preserving one of the greatest treasures that all of us, and future generations, can enjoy together-American History. Thank You, Eric Jacobson COO/Historian, BOFT Marianne Schroer Chair, BOFT Tim Kearns Carnton Board President Ed Underwood Carter House Board President + "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Tim Kearns

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