To kick off the Halloween season early, the Lotz House is offering evening Ghost Tours of the house on Friday and most Saturday nights beginning Sept. 2 through October.
Dates include Sept. 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30, and Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31. In addition, Women’s History Tour is scheduled for Sept. 4 and 18 and Oct. 2 and 16. Battlefield Walking Tour is set for Sept. 6 and 27, and Oct. 4.
For the Ghost Tours, guests will have the chance to experience the Civil War spirits and other unexplained phenomenon that are said to haunt the historic home. The Lotz House has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Haunted Live” as well as Travel Channel’s “The Most Terrifying Places in America.”
“Ghost Tours have become so popular year-round,” Lotz House Executive Director Thomas Cartwright said, “and word of mouth has really ignited a huge interest in the Lotz House Ghost Tours because they are simply true stories of experiences our staff, volunteers and visitors have witnessed. There’s nothing more chilling than true accounts of unexplained spirit activity in the house.”
At ground zero of the Battle of Franklin, the Lotz House witnessed untold bloodshed. The traumatic past and the unexplained phenomena seen by many of its visitors led the home to be dubbed the “Second-Most Terrifying Place in America” by the Travel Channel. These strange happenings include a woman crying out for a loved one, a little girl staring out the window and ordinary items that just won’t stay put.
The guided 90-minute Lotz House Ghost Tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. with check in at 6:15 p.m. every Friday and most Saturday nights now through October. Reservations are required and visitors may also make reservations for other nights.
The Women’s History Tour is led by Kelly Kautzman, who will guide the one-hour tour exploring what civilian life was like for women in the 1860s as well as the compelling experiences that molded Matilda Lotz as a young girl. These tours will start at 6 p.m. with check in at 5:45 p.m. Reservations are required.
The Walking Battlefield Tour is led by Cartwright, historian and Civil War expert who will take visitors through the steps the soldiers took during the Nov. 30, 1864, Battle of Franklin. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and reservations are required.
To make reservations and purchase tickets for specialty tours, call 615-790-7190. Regular House tours do not require reservations and begin at the top of every hour Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Lotz House is located at 1111 Columbia Ave in Franklin.