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Monday, June 21, 2010

Lotz House - Franklin, TN

Lotz House - Franklin, TN

The Lotz House is across the street from the Carter House in Franklin, TN and was an important location in the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War. Today the house is opened as a Civil War museum.

German immigrant Johann Lotz was a carpenter who finished his house in 1958 and also used it as a "show house" to potential clients. The inside of the house has an engineering impressive black walnut wraparound handrail that starts on the ground floor and wraps all the way to the second floor, as well as outdoor handcarved acorn finials, millwork and cartouches that were constructed by Lotz.

On Nov. 30, 1864, the epicenter of the battle of Franklin was right at the Carter and Lotz propery. The Lotz family feared they would not survive inside their wooden home and accepted an invitation to hide in the brick basement with the Carter's in their basement for 17 hours while the battle raged. Historians note that the hand-to-hand fighting that happened right in this yard was some of the most severe during the civil war. When the dust had settled, the house was used as a hospital and there are numerous blood stains still visible in every room of the house.

Today, you can visit the house, which is located on Columbia Pike (US 31) just south of Five Points in Downtown Franklin. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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