FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Battle of Franklin Trust will host its annual living history event, Blue & Gray Days Nov. 9-11 at Carnton and Carter House.
On Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10, Blue & Gray Days will be closed to the general public from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate reserved school groups. The general public can visit Blue & Gray Days on Thursday and Friday from 12:30-5 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When attending Carter House and Carnton, guests can observe Civil War re-enactors and receive hands-on experience with clothes, trades and weapons of the period. Visitors will see familiar historical figures and have the chance to participate in various tasks from 1860s daily life, including a Civil War era game of cricket. With hundreds of school children and adult spectators every year, Blue & Gray Days allows guests to interact with the past.
Tickets to explore the grounds and take a guided tour of Carnton or Carter House are $18 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 to15. Blue & Gray Days’ grounds passes are available for only $10, but do not include a house tour. No battlefield or extended tours will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 9 and Friday, Nov. 10. All proceeds support The Battle of Franklin Trust.
Additionally, guests can participate in the Battle of Franklin 5K and Kids’ Fun Run beginning 8 a.m. Nov. 11 at the McGavock Confederate Cemetery and continuing along the Eastern Flank Circl and Lewisburg Avenue.
The quarter-mile Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. and takes place alongside the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Participants are able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of historic Franklin as they run or walk through the picturesque path.
The cost for participants 12 years and older is $30 for pre-registration and $40 for day-of registration. Children under the age of 12 can participate in the Fun Run for $15. Registration cost includes a commemorative t-shirt, water and post-run treats. All proceeds benefit The Battle of Franklin Trust.
Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. for 5K runners and walkers and 9 a.m. for the kids’ fun run participants.
Participants can register online at www.active.com/franklin-tn/running/distance-running-races/battle-of-franklin-5k-and-kids-fun-run-2017 or on-site at the event. Parking is available for both runners and observers at the Eastern Flank Event Facility.
For more information, visit www.boft.org.
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