Friday, September 17, 2010

Field Trip


Today I had the pleasure of traipsing around the grounds of one of my favorite places - Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN.  It was used as a hospital after the Battle of Franklin in the Civil War.






















If you would like to know the story of this house, go here.  For me, my favorite memory is from 1987.  We had lived in Tennessee for about 6 months and I was captivated with all of the historic architecture at my fingertips!  I pulled right up to Carnton, no visitor's center or gift shop back then, and I was met by a local, elderly woman wearing a house coat and slippers.  She was born and raised in  Franklin and knew all the folklore,"history" and ghost stories about the house.  It was the best tour I've ever had at Carnton. Perhaps not historically accurate but user friendly as I could walk about the house as I pleased.  I had my own private tour and loved soaking up the rustic ambiance of the then neglected place.  It's very text bookish now.  I miss the lady in the house coat!

6 comments:

Martha said...

I love visiting historic houses.

Anita said...

Wow, what a place!! I can only imagine roaming around there alone. I LOVE those local ghost stories, and this time of year they are fun to sit around a fire and tell!

Olive Cooper said...

Lovely old historic house. I also photograph old houses, buildings and churches for my blog. All from Ga. or S.C. hugs♥olive

ginatucker said...

Didn't you take us here long time ago when we came for a visit?

Weren't they about to build a Country Club next door?

Rebecca said...

Hi! I just discovered you from PVE's blog. Patricia does such lovely drawings and is fun to visit.

This is a place I would love to visit as I read the book, Widow of the South this past year.
How fun to have visited in the old days when it was less commercialized.

Anonymous said...

Great post, I am almost 100% in agreement with you