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Lotz House Cellar Tour

While the Lotz House, located at ground zero of the pivotal Battle of Franklin, is a showcase of the owner’s craftsmanship and period furniture and décor, it was only in November 2013 that an excavating archaeological dig began in the cellar. This was prompted when an exterminator, in the normal course of his work, discovered a medicine bottle dated 1858. One can only imagine the intrigue and excitement created in the historical and archaeological sciences by this discovery. The house was built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Albert Lotz, so it is easy to sense the human interest when a medicine bottle from the same year was unearthed.

A two-year excavation began, during which time approximately 900 relics were found and meticulously documented. Some experts believe that these are a mere fraction of what could be there. A sampling of the discoveries relating to the Civil War include canister shots, bullets, Civil War uniform buttons and buckles, a leather knapsack, and even a silhouette of a soldier’s sweetheart.

Immediately after the battle, with the ground outside literally covered with the bodies of the dead, the family retreated to live in the cellar as the home was used for a hospital. Among the findings relating to home life are dolls, marbles, toys, a whiskey flask bearing a patriotic eagle, and chips of china.

The Cellar Tour includes a review of the excavation process, a first-hand look at some of the relics uncovered, as well as a description of the significance of the findings along with an interpretation of how it relates to a better understanding of what happened inside the Lotz house following the historic battle. Don’t miss a chance to take a peak inside this treasure vault that takes you back in time, alongside the Lotz family that found itself quite unwittingly right smack in the middle of history.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Location: 1111 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064

While the Lotz House, located at ground zero of the pivotal Battle of Franklin, is a showcase of the owner’s craftsmanship and period furniture and décor, it was only in November 2013 that an excavating archaeological dig began in the cellar. This was prompted when an exterminator, in the normal course of his work, discovered a medicine bottle dated 1858. One can only imagine the intrigue and excitement created in the historical and archaeological sciences by this discovery. The house was built in 1858 by German immigrant Johann Albert Lotz, so it is easy to sense the human interest when a medicine bottle from the same year was unearthed.

A two-year excavation began, during which time approximately 900 relics were found and meticulously documented. Some experts believe that these are a mere fraction of what could be there. A sampling of the discoveries relating to the Civil War include canister shots, bullets, Civil War uniform buttons and buckles, a leather knapsack, and even a silhouette of a soldier’s sweetheart.

Immediately after the battle, with the ground outside literally covered with the bodies of the dead, the family retreated to live in the cellar as the home was used for a hospital. Among the findings relating to home life are dolls, marbles, toys, a whiskey flask bearing a patriotic eagle, and chips of china.

The Cellar Tour includes a review of the excavation process, a first-hand look at some of the relics uncovered, as well as a description of the significance of the findings along with an interpretation of how it relates to a better understanding of what happened inside the Lotz house following the historic battle. Don’t miss a chance to take a peak inside this treasure vault that takes you back in time, alongside the Lotz family that found itself quite unwittingly right smack in the middle of history.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Location: 1111 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064

ADULT:

$30.00

CHILD:

$15.00

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adult:

$30.00

child:

$15.00

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