Lotz House Announces Battlefield Walking Tours and Cellar Tour Commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin Conducted by historians Thomas Y. Cartwright, Jamie Gillum and Robert Blythe (Franklin, Tenn.)— November 1, 2016—

The Lotz House announced two battlefield walking tours and a cellar tour to commemorate the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Franklin held on Nov. 30, 1864. The first battlefield walking tour will be led by Civil War historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and Jamie Gillum on Nov. 26. The second tour, held on the anniversary date of the Battle of Franklin, will be led solely by Cartwright on Nov. 30. Attendees of the Nov. 30 tour will receive a 10 percent discount on all of Cartwright’s DVDs and Gillum’s books. “What better way to commemorate the Battle of Franklin than to walk the battlefield with two of Franklin’s most renowned historians Thomas and Jamie,” said Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson. “This duo will recreate the dramatic conflict that killed or wounded 10,000 soldiers right in the heart of Franklin where the Lotz House was at ground zero. It’s the incredible story of so many soldiers and generals and how they managed the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War.”

In addition to the battlefield walking tours, Robert Blythe will lead a cellar tour on Nov. 26. Throughout a twoyear archeological excavation, the Lotz House cellar uncovered approximately 900 Civil War relics and items connected to civilian life from the mid to late 1800’s. The cellar tour will include a review of the excavation process, a first-hand look at the some of the relics uncovered and a description of the significance of the findings along with an interpretation of how it relates to a better understanding of the happenings inside the Lotz House following the historic battle.

Cartwright is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the Battle of Franklin and he currently conducts tours at the Lotz House as well as the battlefield and the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. He is featured in numerous DVDs on the Battle of Franklin and Battle of Nashville. He frequently appears on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, Travel Channel, CNN, Discovery and Preservation Channel. For many years, he has lectured throughout the United States for Civil War Round Tables, corporations, preservation groups, and heritage organizations. In addition, Cartwright authored several published articles and essays and is currently working on two books. Jamie Gillum wrote a three volume history on the Sixteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Most recently he completed a study on the Battle of Spring Hill, entitled: "Twenty-five Hours to Tragedy" that helps to reconstruct the events of that evening in detail and provide the "why" as to the tragic Battle of Franklin.

The battlefield walking tours are available on Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and cost $30 per person. The cellar tour is available on Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. and costs $30 per person. Reservations are required by calling the Lotz House at 615-790-7190 or emailing jtt@lotzhouse.com. Tickets are limited.


“TWINKLING TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS” DAZZLES GUESTS WITH NASHVILLE’S BEST DECORATED HOMES Gray Line of Tennessee partners with Lotz House in Franklin for ninth year (NASHVILLE, Tenn.)— November 1, 2016 —

Gray Line of Tennessee is proud to partner with the Lotz House and present the ninth annual, “Twinkling Tennessee Christmas,” one of Nashville’s most festive holiday traditions. In addition to touring some of Nashville and Franklin’s most beautiful and exquisitely-decorated holiday home exteriors, guests will also walk through the historic Lotz House in Franklin, which is decorated to depict a typical Victorian Christmas in the mid-1800s, and drive through Franklin’s beautiful town square.

“The last few years, the Twinkling Tennessee Christmas tour has become an exciting tradition for friends and family in the area,” said Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson. “We’re looking forward to making this year even more magical for guests as they tour the Lotz House and see how a family would have decorated for the holidays in the 1860’s.”

Hot apple cider and cookies will be provided at this stop. The tour has grown in popularity each year as more groups, organizations and neighborhoods take advantage of the special event. Each tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours and is in a 25 passenger mini-coach.

“This is one of our most popular tours during this time of year and is a great group activity for not only locals, but tourists and visitors who are in town for the holiday season,” said Kelly Field, general manager of retail sightseeing for Gray Line of Tennessee.  “Our drivers spend countless hours curating a selection of the most beautiful homes and neighborhoods to help us provide a truly unique and festive experience for all who join us.”

Tours will run Dec. 1-30, with the exception of Dec. 24 and 25, and will depart daily at 6:30 p.m. Gray Line will provide a pickup at most Nashville hotels, or guests can park at the Gray Line office across from Opryland to board the tour. The office address is 2416 Music Valley Drive, Ste. 102, Nashville, TN 37214.

Hotel guests participating in the tour should be in their hotel lobby by 6 p.m. for departure between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for adults, $24 for children ages 4-11 and free for children under 4.

For reservations or more information please call 615-883-5555, 1-800-251-1864 or book online at www.GrayLineTN.com. Groups interested in making reservations may call 615-921-4427. The Lotz House, which has been on the National Historic Register since 1976, is located in the heart of downtown historic Franklin, Tennessee at the “epicenter” of the Battle of Franklin which was a pivotal battle in the Civil War

JACKSON DOTY with Thomas Cartwright


Lotz Notes - Autumn 2016 - Volume 9 Issue 1
AUTUMN 2016 


Thomas Y. Cartwright and Jamie Gillum host battlefield walking tour Robert Blythe conducts cellar tour 


Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin commemorated with battlefield walking tours, cellar tour and blood drive 

Civil War historians Thomas Y. Cartwright and Jamie Gillum will conduct a battlefield walking tour on Saturday, Nov. 26 to commemorate the Battle of Franklin held on Nov. 30, 1864. Cartwright will also host a walking tour on Nov. 30.  “What better way to commemorate the Battle of Franklin than to walk the battlefield with two of Franklin’s most renowned historians Thomas and Jamie,” said Lotz House Executive Director J.T. Thompson.” This duo will recreate the dramatic conflict that killed or wounded 10,000 

soldiers right in the heart of Franklin where the Lotz House was at ground zero.  

Jamie Gillum wrote a 3 volume history on the Sixteenth Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Most recently he completed a study on the Battle of Spring Hill, entitled: 
"Twenty-five Hours to Tragedy" that helps reconstruct Battle of Franklin. The tour with Cartwright and Gillum is Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. – noon and costs $30 per person. Cartwright’s second tour will be Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – noon. 

Lotz House welcomes our new Director of Group Sales, Marketing and Community Relations Laura A. Westbrook.

As our new director, Westbrook will lead the Lotz House in man-agement of group tours, promo-tion of the Lotz story and local business outreach and develop-ment.
Westbrook joins the Lotz House team with previous experience as real estate administrator and real-tor at Bob Parks Realty, LLC. She is also an affiliate with the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Westbrook earned her bache-lor’s degree from Belmont Univer-sity. As a native to Franklin, she is involved in the community as a member of WCAR, volunteer at the Heritage Foundation, Williamson County CVB specialist, among others.



Thomas Y. Cartwright congratulates Jackson Doty who earned the ranking of Eagle Scout September 8 for building four poplar benches for the Lotz House.

Jackson belongs to Troop 1913 in Franklin and is in eighth grade at Page Middle School. We are so proud he earned this ranking at such a young age. We invite you to come try out the benches.
Thank you to our military for your service to our country. Walking the battlefield with our troops is an amazing experience.

The Lotz House is partnering with the Red Cross for the 4th annual blood drive on the battlefield.

Thousands of lives were lost and the home was turned into a makeshift hospital to help the injured. To honor the memory of the lives that were lost and to help those currently in their own bat-
tle, the Red Cross team will be collecting life-saving blood at The Lotz House on Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

J.T. Thompson said, “By hosting the Red Cross blood drive, it brings relevance to our everyday lives and gives us a way to participate and take action to help those in need today. We encourage your participation.” All donors will receive a voucher for a free tour of the historic Lotz 
House. To schedule your appointment, email J.T. Thompson jtt@lotzhouse.com