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Historic Carnton Plantation opens its gates and lush green lawn for its sixth annual Summer Sunset Concert Series. Be sure not to miss the second concert of the summer series on July 30, from 5-7 p.m., featuring Stacy Mitchhart & Blues U Can Use, a jazz and blues band. “We had over 1,000 guests here for the opening concert in June; we expect no less for Stacy.  He is back by popular demand; last year his show was rained out, much to the dismay of a huge crowd,” said Carnton’s executive director Angela Calhoun.

“Sundays evenings at Carnton are incredibly special times for the entire family. The music is wonderful, sunsets are terrific, and it’s also a time to see friends and neighbors,” says Executive Director Angela Calhoun. She adds “the concerts are multi-generational events and have turned into parties, with kids of all ages, 2-82, dancing.” Mark you calendars and come enjoy live music, a festive atmosphere and an opportunity to stroll through the 1847 garden or tour the historic antebellum home. Tickets are $10 a person and children under 13 years are FREE. This concert is presented by Southern Land Company/Westhaven  and all proceeds will benefit the historic site.

Guests can pack simple or elaborate picnics and bring tables, chairs or blankets to make themselves comfortable. Food and drink are also available for purchase on-site as Calhoun mentions “we sell soft drinks, bottled water, beer, wine and mint juleps, and of course great food.  We most often offer burgers or barbecue.” For additional information, visit, or call 615.794.0903.

Historic Carnton Plantation is a 48-acre Civil War historic site in Franklin which includes the restored antebellum house, garden and plantation buildings. Carnton is open daily for guided tours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The McGavock family and Confederate cemeteries are adjacent to the site.