Civil War history intermixed with the German Lotz family
Intriguing Lotz family stories & their connection to the war
Chance to browse ornate antique furnishings & fine art
Home built by master wood worker who owned no slaves
Most Heavily Damaged Structure on the Franklin Battlefield
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of the Lotz House Museum
Admission and parking fees
Live tour commentary provided in English
Admission to the Battlefield Experience
Know Before You Book
Children 6 and younger are complimentary.
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Hours of operation vary; please check before you go.
What you can expect
Unlock the story of the Lotz House Museum during a guided tour of the site where the Battle of Franklin was fought in the Civil War. During your illuminating visit, an expert historian reveals how the Lotz estate came to play a fundamental role on the fateful evening of November 29, 1864.
Join your guide in the heart of Franklin at the Lotz House Museum. Launch your tour with the intriguing history of Johann Albert Lotz. A master woodworker, Lotz used his home to showcase his impressive wares. Marvel at the artisan relics still on display in the exquisite home, which has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.
Continue through the 19th-century edifice, soaking up details about the Lotz family's connection to the historic Franklin region. Then, step back in time while your guide regales you with the tale of the evening of November 29, 1864, when approximately 25,000 Northern solders retreated to Franklin and sought to defend themselves in the front yard of the Lotz estate.
Listen with bated breath as you hear about the decisive actions Lotz took to protect his wife and children. Then, glimpse evidence of the Battle of Franklin that can still be observed in the Lotz home, including blood stains on the walls and the spot where a cannonball lanced the side of the formidable estate.