Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The compelling story of the times, the family, and the fine antiques of the Civil War era. The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee, at “the epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin, which was a pivotal battle of the Civil War on November 30, 1864. The House was the most heavily damaged structure on the Franklin battlefield. Walk in to witness the damage from the cannon balls that crash through the house and numerous bloodstains on all the floors. Plus on this tour, your will learn about the family, the Master Wood Worker who built the home by himself, how the family survived and how the bloody battle affected them for the balance of their lives! Reservation are not required for Guided tours of the historic home. In addition, walking battlefield tours and an archeological tours are also available, but please call for reservations. Please join us as we step back into Civil War history.
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  • RichardCO
    Fort Collins, Colorado10 contributions
    Got see the Lotz House
    Great place to learn more about the battle of Franklin and the Lotz family. The tour guide gives you some great details about Mr Lotz and his talented carpentry skills while living in Franklin during the battle. Thankful that a couple from Nashville purchased the house and has donated it as a museum. If you like local history, this is the place to go.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Shell B
    Signal Mountain, Tennessee86 contributions
    Love it! Very interesting! Especially if you have Chuck as your tour guide!!
    A lot of history. If you are a civil war history buff you need to visit! Ask for Chuck! He amazing! Full of Knowledge, kept our attention throughout the tour! Would definitely like to book the ghost tour!!!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 4, 2023
  • maryrW7131XI
    3 contributions
    Go when Chuck is there! Impressive collection of the Lotz family antiques and other items of Battle of Franklin
    Chuck the historian was an amazing tour guide! I wish I had had him as a history teacher in high school (he was a former high school teacher) as he made the history come alive with detailed accounts and intriguing stories. The tour would not be the same without him!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
  • Marie G
    Temecula, California237 contributions
    Must see in Franklin
    All of the friends we were with, agreed this was our favorite tour. The mix of hearing about the civil war and the Lotz family was the best. The guide was fantastic and so entertaining. Mr. Lotz was such a talented wood worker. Go on the tour and you will find out artistic talent ran in the family
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 24, 2023
  • NVanSambeek
    North Freedom, Wisconsin15 contributions
    If You Like History, This Is A Must
    Visiting Franklin and the Lotz house was the highlight of my trip to TN. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and answered questions during the tour and afterwards. The tour was very emotional. I would encourage everyone to visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2023
  • dcphotoboy
    Washington DC, District of Columbia54 contributions
    Interesting history at Lotz House
    While visiting Nashville, I decided to do a day trip out to Franklin and followed the brown historical signs to the Lotz house. Got a great tour from Chuck, and learned about the history of this area, and a bit more about the Civil War. Well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Debbie A
    Orem, Utah24 contributions
    Thomas was the best tour guide and so knowledgeable!
    Wow! I love when guides are passionate about their history! Thomas was one of the best tour guides if not the best we have ever had on a tour! He knew all his information plus extra! We learned so much! Make sure to take a tour of the Lotz house if you are ever in Franklin!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Sheri H
    1 contribution
    History brought to life!
    We learned so much from this tour and our awesome guide, J.T. The history of the Battle of Franklin is brought to life through the eyes and experiences of the family who built Lotz house. All the extra details about the woodwork, antiques, and later lives of family members were much appreciated. J.T. Is obviously very passionate about this piece of history! We highly recommend this tour and a visit to Franklin in general!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2023
  • betsie g
    3 contributions
    We came, we saw and we learned so much!
    My husband and I enjoyed touring the Lotz house during our recent trip to Franklin. Chuck is an extremely knowledgeable tour guide, and he entertained us with stories about the Lotz family and the battle of Franklin. The house is furnished with many beautiful and significant antiques from the house and the period. I especially enjoying learning about Johann Lotz daughter Matilda Lotz who became a world renowned artist in later life. You will see several of her works in the Lotz house. Chuck was enthusiastic, humorous and so well versed in the history of the Lotz family. We highly recommend touring this home!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 22, 2023
  • Winnie E
    Sydney, Australia10 contributions
    A piece of civil war history
    Lots house provides excellent insight into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Located in Franklin Tennessee, only a half mile from the city centre, it has amazing history and an authentic representation of the times. Chuck gave an excellent tour of the house with incredible insight to the period. Would definitely recommend to anyone travelling to Franklin.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 23, 2023
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Rosanna A
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
I went with my husband as we were visiting Franklin for the day and I love history! I did some research online before going and was intrigued by the history of the Lotz house and all the family had to endure during the Civil War. The tour guide was great! He was knowledgeable with all the details of the house, its construction, the war’s toll on the house, the rebuilding of the house and of the Lotz Family in general. I definitely recommend this tour for all civil war history lovers!
Written February 25, 2024
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702jilly
Ashburn, VA17 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Chuck the tour guide was excellent at not only relating the part the house played in the Civil War battle but also the story of the family and the furnishings. Rarely do you get such a full commentary on a historical site.
Written February 24, 2024
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Adrienne Q
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Feb 2024 • Family
Wonderful tour guide, a retired history teacher with lots of deets to make the stories more poignant. The journey of the immigrant Lotz Family post Civil War was interesting, particularly the life of their 2nd daughter, Mathilde,a world- famous artist.
Written February 20, 2024
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Heidi S
Indianapolis, IN27 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a wonderful tour with Sean and then Chuck stayed with us and shared even more detail and stories. They were both very knowledgeable and made the experience memorable.

It’s hard to wrap your head around the tragedy this family experienced during the battle. The home is beautifully restored and the tour is worth your time.

Our family really enjoyed it and appreciated Sean and Chuck making it happen even though we arrived a few minutes after the last official tour started.

If you are in the area, it is worth a visit.
Written February 2, 2024
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Danconway94
7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit!!

Chuck, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative, really able to portray how the battle was.

Make sure to visit, you won't be disappointed!
Written February 2, 2024
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Cindy
12 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We went on a Lotz House tour that focused on womens' history - both locally and nationally during the Civil War era. It was incredible, and we all loved our tour guide, Kelly Kautzman. She was full of knowledge and enthusiasm. She immediately got a feel for our interests, and aligned her information and presentation based on that. The house is beautifully restored and preserved, and the story behind it is fascinating, as is much of Franklin's rich Civil War era history.
Written January 25, 2024
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Cruiser782817
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Family
Our tour guide was Chuck Byrn, a former history teacher. His knowledge of the civil war, the battle that took place in Franklin, the impact it had on the people, property, economy, etc. was amazing. His knowledge of history goes far beyond those events in Franklin and his ability to articulate it clearly and succinctly was impressive indeed. We are thankful for the opportunity to visit this site.
Written December 19, 2023
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Cari G
United States10 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
The tour of the Lotz House in Franklin is an unforgettable experience, largely thanks to the guide’s extraordinary expertise. His blend of humor and detailed storytelling transforms the visit into a captivating journey. He’s like a human archive, generously sharing his immense knowledge of the house's history, making every room and artifact come alive with stories. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in a deep, engaging dive into this dark piece of history.
Written December 15, 2023
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Michael H
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Dec 2023 • Couples
We went here as part of our honeymoon and JT was amazing! Knowledgeable and caring. Highly recommend
Written December 14, 2023
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Passenger782827
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
I toured the Lotz House with Chuck Byrn, a retired history teacher in November 2023. I live in Nashville and have taken the tour at least five times with out of town visitors. Chuck was the absolute best guide I have experienced. I learned things about the family that other guides had not shared and really had a clear understanding of what had occurred on the battlefield that day. When I go again, I will make a point of trying to take tours that Chuck is leading. AWESOME JOB!
Written December 10, 2023
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