Lotz House Museum

Franklin

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Relive the tribulations of the Lotz family in late November 1864, when they weathered the bloody battle of Franklin

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Lotz House Museum - Franklin: Visit for Two Adults or Family of Four to Lotz House Museum (50% Off)

Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.

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  • $10 for admission for two adults (a $20 value)
  • $15 for admission for two adults and two kids (a $30 value)

Visitors explore the history of a single night of carnage in the Civil War and the family who weathered it together within the walls of their house. Exhibits range from carefully preserved antiques of the age—some possibly used in the battle—to bloodstains indelibly sealed into the wood by a stray cannonball. Tying together objects and venue is the story of the Lotzes themselves, whose lives forever were altered by the war.

Lotz House Museum

J.T. Thompson gets pretty excited about his own little slice of American history. He serves as the executive director of the Lotz House Museum, a commemorative collection of memorabilia and actual damage from the Battle of Franklin, a Civil War conflict that raged on November 30, 1864. At his museum, the history hardly stays confined to display cases. Instead, it is in the very woodwork. "Today, visitors can still see the bloodstains on the floors from where cannonballs hitting the house came to rest," Mr. Thompson says, in the same breath as mentioning "what many in the antique world describe as the finest collection of American-made 1820-to-1860 antiques… in the Southeast!"

Perhaps more compelling than the gruesome imagery or literal relics of the era, however, is the story of the Lotz family themselves, a mother, father, and three children younger than 9. They survived the battle based on their wits, turning their home into a hospital in the wake of the conflict. While their house stands virtually unchanged to this day, their personal lives altered course in astounding ways, most noticeable in the well-documented journeys of the Lotz children.

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423 Ratings

Our tour guide was Robert and he was passionate about the history that took place at the Lotz House. His knowledge of every detail is extensive. You can ask him about every item in the house and he can tell you who made it and how it came to be there. He really brings the battle of Franklin to life and you get a clear picture of the human side and tragedy that happened there 150 years ago. even though my husband and I are not history or civil war buffs, we both highly recommend this tour. Try to see if you can be in Robert's group. We were there when they opened and he took the first tour group. He really brought it all to life. Great job!!
Megan Y. · 5 days ago
Loved the tour and found it very interesting. Did not even know of the huge battle that took place there.
John D. · July 22, 2016
Our tour guide Robert was great! Ask plenty of questions because there's a lot of neat history wrapped up in this house!
Danae D. · July 19, 2016

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