Friday, October 26, 2012

Haunted Carnton Plantation...


For this blog, let's talk about Carnton Plantation in Franklin Tennessee. This mansion has a few things in common with the fictional “Starling Plantation,” featured in “Spirit of the Rebellion.”

Randal McGavock built this antebellum home in the year 1826. Like Starling plantation, Carnton served as a hospital for those wounded in battle during the Civil War. In this case, the Battle of Franklin which took place in November of 1864. The injured as well as the dead filled every bed, nook, crook, and cranny of the main structure and exterior buildings on the property. Laid out on the back porch were the bodies of Confederate Generals Adams, Granbury, Stahl, and Cleburne, covered with a Confederate flag, as they awaited the dignity of burial.


Carrie McGavock, wife of John McGavock, earned the name “Angel of Mercy” during this tumultuous time. She willingly opened her home to the wounded and assisted in every possible way, even giving away her linens and clothes for the desperate need of bandages. In a letter penned by a wounded soldier, he states that she “walked though our midst with blood on her skirts.” To this day, bloodstains mar the floors throughout the house.

Is it any wonder then, that the spirits of confederate soldiers haunt the place? One commonly hears the thundering sounds of horses charging across the grounds. Some have witnessed Carrie McGavock wandering through the cemetery she and her husband lovingly founded for those who fell in battle, or sitting on the porch, gazing out at the same. We have reports of small hands touching or shoving guests, as well. Could this ghostly phenomenon be one of the three young children that Carrie lost to prolonged illnesses or something altogether different?

You’ll have to be the judge should you decide to visit Oak Alley or Carnton Plantation yourself.  However, you just might want to take a companion along with you... 


I want to thank all those who have stopped by. I have so enjoyed sharing part of my Halloween celebrations with you and reading all of your comments...



And now... down to business...

I have extracted the name of each person who has left a comment
for the HOWLOWEEN BLOG HOP...

Tossed them gently into our Witches hat...


Stirred gently...

A small little hand reaches in, and pulls out...

Congratulations Rae M! You are the lucky winner of this gorgeous hemalyke necklace, created by Shandra Kay Designs!



View Larger.  Hemalyke Necklace by Shandra Kay.
Leaving a comment for the Howloween Blog Hop makes you eligible to win This gorgeous "one-of-a kind" 20" hemalyke necklace with onyx accents, created by Shandra Kay! As with the first blog hop, the winner's name will be drawn from our Witches hat and posted on this blog Wednesday morning, October 31st.  So don't forget to check back! The winner will need to contact me...





31 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the blog! keep 'em coming!! :o)

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  2. I really enjoyed the blog...Thanks for sharing..

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  3. I love the blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. Happy Halloween!
    tragedy6996(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Love this blog! I really enjoyed it and thank you for sharing! Can't wait to read some more!!!

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  6. Sounds like an interesting place to visit! Thanks for sharing and happy halloween!

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    1. Your welcome and Hope your's is happy as well!

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  7. I wanna go!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    cassandrahicks1989@yahoo.com

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    1. Well if you get there, let me know what you find! Happy Halloween!

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  8. I DON'T wanna go. Can you say creepy?
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    maccrowne@gmail.com

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  9. I would love to go :)!
    Thanks for being part of the blog hop
    savannahm1987@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Halloween!

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  10. Love to hear of haunted places! kathrynknightbooks at comcast.net

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    1. I love them as well... I have a whole collection of books dedicated to the subject. Happy Halloween!

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  11. Enjoyed the blog. Thank You for sharing.

    megmerrai@yahoo.com

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoyed the blog.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Happy Halloween!

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  13. Happy Halloween!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  14. I'm torn between wanting to go to see the history and not wanting to go because I know Murphy's Law would go into effect as soon as I stepped foot onto the place! Either way very interesting.

    Thanks for the info and the contest!
    rae.gwendy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. And then you'd feel that ghostly tug on your hair and disembodied laughter in your ear...

      Happy Halloween!

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  15. Happy Halloween!! Thank you so much for the awesome hop and giveaway! :) Awesome necklace! :)
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Your Welcome! Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

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  16. Excellent article! I grew up near Carnton Plantation and it's always been one of my favorite "spooky spots"

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