The mission of The Battle of Franklin Trust is to preserve, understand, and interpret the story of a people forever impacted by the American Civil War.
As the 501(c) (3) corporation that manages three historic sites in middle Tennessee, Carter House, Carnton, and Rippavilla, interpretation begins with the founders of America and their audacious experiment in liberty.
It examines challenges to that experiment in the nineteenth century that propelled us toward war, and the three constitutional amendments which followed. Finally, it traces the evolution of liberty into the twenty-first century and confronts the challenges still facing us today. Tours and exhibitions continually evolve to reflect recent research, tackling crucial topics such as slavery and the enslaved, Reconstruction, and life in post-war America.