Lotz House Museum Tours
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In the late 1850s, a German immigrant named Johann Albert Lotz put the finishing touches on a house that he had built in Franklin, Tennessee. A skilled carpenter and piano maker, Lotz used his new home to showcase his work to potential clients. A few short years later, on Nov. 30, 1864, 20,000 Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War marched into Franklin, constructing barricades a mere 100 yards from Lotz's home. The Lotz family sought refuge from the battle in a neighbor's basement, and the ensuing battle raged for 17 hours, becoming the bloodiest day of the entire Civil War.
The Lotz family survived the deadly battle, but they were so scarred from the human wreckage that they relocated to California. Lotz's young daughter, Matilda, went on to become a renowned artist with works still today displayed in prominent venues across the country. The Lotz House was added to the National Historic Register in 1976, and today, the house is a converted museum, telling the story of the Battle of Franklin through the eyes of a family whose story is as compelling as they come.
Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The last tour every day begins one hour before closing. For a more comprehensive view of the Battle of Franklin, visit the nearby historic Carnton Plantation, where the Lotz family retreated to the basement for safety, and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery.
Address: 1111 Columbia Avenue, Franklin 37064, USA
Hours: Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (65+) $9, Children ages 7–13 $5, Children 6 and under Free
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Lotz House Museum
Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this full-day tour from Nashville. The Battle of Franklin was one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army. On this tour, see the bullet and cannon ball holes as well as the battle-scarred floors that still bear witness to the carnage of this dark time in history. Spend time in the town of Franklin to shop, eat and view its historic sites. Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off included.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Explore Nashville at your own pace with a convenient sightseeing package that grants you free admission to a range of the city’s top attractions—from the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Lotz House. Your package of three, four, five, six or seven attractions is valid for 30–days, and includes a booklet with recommendations and discounts unavailable to most visitors and locals.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Lotz House Museum hours of operation?
Lotz House Museum hours of operation: Tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Lotz House Museum?
The best ways to experience Lotz House Museum are:
- Civil War Tour from Nashville with Lotz House, Carter House, Carnton Admission
- The Nashville Sightseeing Day Pass: Save BIG on 20+ Attractions in Music City!
- The Nashville Sightseeing Flex Pass: 20 Attractions + Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus
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