Ghost tour season starts Friday at Lotz House Civil War site

Ghost tour season starts Friday at Lotz House Civil War site

Ghost tours of the Lotz House Civil War museum will begin Friday and continue through October.

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Margie Thessin stands in front of the Lotz House. // SUBMITTED

Margie Thessin, founder of Franklin on Foot tours, will share the stories of the presence of spirits at the Lotz House, many of which are believed to remain from those who suffered unspeakable horrors on the night of Nov. 30, 1864, during the Battle of Franklin.

The Lotz House, an 1858 home dubbed “The Second-most Terrifying Place in America” by the Travel Channel, boasts a rich history and a colorful past, along with quite a bit of unexplained phenomena.

Visitors have seen a woman crying out for a loved one and a little girl staring out the window, heard drummers beating to battle cadence and noticed ordinary items that don’t stay put.

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Thessin leads a night time tour in the Lotz House yard. // SUBMITTED

“When lives are cut short, sometimes spirits remain,” Thessin said in a press release announcing the Lotz House programs.

Thessin co-founded Franklin on Foot in 2003. In addition to the ghost tours, the company offers a variety of other tours throughout the history-steeped city, including food, crime, cemetery and history tours. Margie is well-educated in Franklin’s history and is the author of “Ghosts of Franklin, Tennessee’s
Most Haunted Town” and “Lizzie’s War,” a historical novel for elementary-age children set in Franklin during the Civil War.

“Margie is one of Franklin’s best storytellers, and we’re thrilled to partner with Franklin on Foot again this year,” says J.T. Thompson, executive director of the Lotz House Foundation.

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A view down the Lotz House stairwell from the second floor. // SUBMITTED

Located just north of the Carter House on Columbia Avenue, the Lotz House was at the epicenter of the fighting during the Battle of Franklin. The Lotz family’s experience during the battle and the aftermath is a compelling story of civilian life during the War and occupation. These tragic tales will chill visitors as they view the house filled with period furnishings and decoration, along with the blood stains and scars from that awful November night, often referred to as the five bloodiest hours of the American Civil War.

Tours will be held at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Lotz House located at 1111 Columbia Avenue. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those under the age of 14. Reservations are required, and special tour times can be set for groups of six or more.

For more information, visit or call Margie Thessin at (615)400-3808.

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