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Cemetery Tours


Dead men tell no tales…but their tombstones do. Join us as we reveal the stories behind the stones at Franklin’s historic Rest Haven and Old City cemeteries.

Chip and the Sunset

Grave Matters Tour

Once a year, costumed reenactors portray some of the cemeteries’ most interesting people. Join us on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7:00-9:00pm for a walk through history. We also offer the tour at other times, guided by one of Franklin on Foot's excellent tour guides. Just call for information and reservations.

Either way, you'll meet the Carter father and son whose home is the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. You'll be introduced to the little-known but still fascinating two Georges, Grummond and Cuppett, who fought on opposite sides of the War, and are remembered for different reasons. Brave teenager Fannie Courtney, a Union sympathizer who tended to the Union wounded at First Presbyterian Church will tell her story (you won't believe the rest of it). Not all the stories are Civil War-related. You won’t want to miss the grave of Anarchy Cowles, a freed slave, or the marker of the two infant Marr sisters, whose short, tragic lives are commemorated by a broken shaft. Not to be missed is the grave of the Unknown Civil War soldier whose remains were uncovered at a Franklin construction site in 2009 and later re-interred at Rest Haven.

Day & Time: By Reservation

Cost: $15/adults, $5/kids under 13

Duration: 90 minutes

Length: 4 Acres

Where to meet: 4th Avenue North and North Margin Street


“Margie was very knowledgeable and friendly…we couldn’t believe it was just $15. We enjoyed her so much that we went back for a food tour 2 days later with her.”

- Tripadvisor Review


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