For this Thursday’s Grand Avenue venue highlight I had the pleasure of my very own private tour of the stunning Carnton Plantation gardens and estate. Carnton caters mostly to brides (up to 50 weddings planned from April to October just this year) but is happy to accommodate private or corporate events.
Carnton is mere minutes from downtown Franklin and was simple to find thanks to the brown tour signs that the city of Franklin has placed strategically around the area. I was met at the charming and informative gift shop by Special Events Coordinator, Leigh Bawcom and she led the way to the 1 acre 1847 restored garden first.
Leigh explained that the gardens are where most brides opt to have the ceremony because they have the option of being married in the center of the garden, surrounded by beautiful flowers and ornate trellis’ wrapped with pear trees ’, or under the 150 year old Osage-orange tree. This tree is special for wedding parties because it is called the “witness” tree as it has stood there for hundreds of years and was witness to the Battle of Franklin. This tree, Leigh explained, also bears witness to those who are married under it.
Next we headed into the historic home where I was treated to a plethora of amazing facts about the families that lived there before, the fact that this home (that had a family living in it at the time) became the largest confederate soldier hospital during the Battle of Franklin and even that there is an antique clock hanging on one of the walls that still ticks and keeps perfect time. Leigh told me that one of the benefits of having a wedding out at the plantation is that before and after the ceremony guests can have access to tour the home themselves and Carnton will even place up to three guides in the house to answer questions for the guests.
So while the bride and groom and their wedding party are taking pictures, guests can enjoy cocktails on the back porch and tour the home at their leisure.
Carnton is available for ceremonies and receptions or both and they have two separate outdoor reception sites that can be used for parties of up to 250 or for parties up to 500. You pay for the location only, and Carnton maintains a list of their preferred vendors should you need one.
When I asked Leigh about why a bride would want to get married at Carnton, she answered simply “Because your wedding then becomes a part of the story of Carnton Plantation, forever.”
I suggest you go see it for yourself at 1345 Carnton Lane or call ahead at 615.794.0903. www.battleoffranklintrust.orgTags: nashville limo service, nashville wedding, tn