Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Franklin, TN

We finally made our way to Franklin, TN in April :) We have been wanting to go because we have heard of what a little neat town it is. 

The drive in Franklin is absolutely beautiful :) There are beautiful houses on the side of the road just about anywhere you turn, and the bridge is GORGEOUS!

By the time we got to Franklin, we were starving and everywhere seemed so busy with people. And as we get older, being crowded by a lot of people when it's hot outside, is not really our sort of thing. 

We decided to go across from their visitor center to Franklin Mercantile Deli to eat. It was good AND we didn't have to wait 45 mins to an hour to get our food. Score. Plus, I loved all the beautiful live flowers at each table.

We went around and toured some of the shops. They were pretty fun, but a little pricey and not our thing. So we looked for something to do. Thank goodness for Yelp, because they recommend this place:

The Lotz Civil War House Museum

If you go to Franklin, this is a MUST SEE! We didn't know much about the civil war, but our tour guide, J.T. Thompson was so knowledgable of everything (he even co-wrote a book about the place that you can buy at the museum or here on amazon.

(If I remember everything correctly since it's been a couple of months)Johann Albert Lotz was a German immigrant that came to Franklin, TN. Lotz was a master woodworker/carpetar. He built his own house in 1858 mostly all by his own hands. Together, him and his wife had six children. However, in 1864, the Union Army(?) poisoned much of the water supply in the surrounding areas, making their twin children fall victim and die.

On November 30th, 1864, Lotz looked outside and noticed that nearby there was an army setting up for a war. Lotz knew that his house was made out of wood and that his house wouldn't be able to withstand, they made it across to the house across the street (the Carter House) that was made out of brick. There, they hid in the cellar with the Carter family. The battle started and lasted about five hours.

On December 1, 1864, the Lotz family went back to their home. And as you can imagine, at that time, there were dead bodies every where, and being such a young family, there was no way of hiding it for their children and about everywhere they stepped there was dead bodies. When they returned to their home across the street, they found soldiers from both side of the war, using their house as a hospital until the following summer. Also during the battle, there was a cannon that went through their roof causing it to go through two levels of their house. You can see the actual repairs Mr. Lotz made to make his home get back to "normal".

This is the most real thing I have ever felt of the Civil War. Anything that we have been to about the Civil War is just a movie or seeing an empty battlefield, not truly understanding what all happened. Anyone who loves history, needs to make a trip here, because you can see the blood stained floors, the repairs Mr. Lotz made AND just what their every day routine is.

And the real kicker is that this HUGE piece of history, was going to be sold as a Mexican RESTAURANT! Can you believe that? Something so important to history? Thankfully, J.T. Thompson and his wife bought the home, and you can see how truly passionate they are about this place.

If I didn't say it enough, if you are in Franklin, GO to the Lotz home. You won't regret it! {You can read more about it here} Next time if we go, we will be checking out the Carter House with it. You can see three places (one including the Lotz House) for $30 a person (I believe that was the price). If you do that, make sure you probably make it a most of the day sort of thing.

We were so excited that we went and walked around exploring different places nearby that had to do with the civil war. 

We then became a little restless and were hungry again (imagine that!) We really wanted to go to the Music City Dog House to eat, which lead us to The Factory (which we didn't know). When we got inside, we were sad to see that they were closed, but we had fun exploring The Factory. It was pretty neat to see the inside of an old actual Factory building (we loved that it was reused for something rather than just sitting there empty) and how they recreated it to make it a mall. There weren't a lot of people, and it wasn't your typical mall. It was more business like - if that makes sense. It was pretty cool. I wish I took more photos of this place just so we could remember how cool it really was in the inside.


As we drove home, we finally found a neat little place to stop and eat outside of Franklin. It was such a beautiful day that we sat and ate outside.

Overall, it was a lovely day to explore.

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