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The Collins Farm, From the Civil War to Kidnapping the Kaiser

Collins Farm, Franklin, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)
Collins Farm, Franklin, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)
Collins Farm, Franklin, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)
Collins Farm, Franklin, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)
Violet Sky at the Collins Farm, Franklin, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)
Violet Sky at the Collins Farm, Franklin, Tennessee (Photo Credit: Violet Sky)

Some may wonder how the tranquil Collins Farm nestled in the rolling hills of Tennessee came to be connected to the Civil War and the kidnapping of the German Kaiser in WWI. Read more to discover this fascinating story regarding the tale of the Collins Farm!

About

During the Civil War, Carnton Plantation got its spotlight for its role in the Battle of Franklin. Not only did much of the battle take place on its grounds, the plantation also turned its residence into a field hospital and a cemetery for Confederate soldiers.

At the time of the Battle of Franklin, William Collins was the manager for Carnton Plantation. The house that is today known as the Collins Farm was where William and his wife Lucy lived. It was a close enough distance for him to still have a short trip to the Carnton Plantation while having a place of his own. In fact, the Collins Farm was located on the grounds of Carnton’s 1,400 acres.

Following the Battle of Franklin, William’s son-in-law George W. Cuppet was the man in charge of exhuming and reinterring the Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Franklin in the McGavock Cemetery. George was paid $5 a solider and there were almost 1,500 men. Although the bodies were initially buried in the fall of 1964, he was not asked to reinter them until 1866.

After finally saving up enough money in 1867, William Collins made an arrangement with John McGavock to purchase the Collins Farms as his own. The farm included the home and about 3 1/2 acres.

In 1911, Thomas Henderson purchased the Collins Farm. He lived here at the farm and was a resident of Franklin. After World War I, he was considered one of the members of a group planning to kidnap Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany.

Violet Sky’s Visit

The Collins Farm is an often overlooked site in Franklin. It is outweighed by the tales of the Battle of Franklin. Interestingly enough the farm has its own history that makes it stand out.

The farm may appear to be in need of repair but most of the trust has been preserved by the work of donations, grants and volunteers.

How to Visit 

The Collins Farm is free to visit and currently does not offer tours of the interior. Donations to the preservation of the Collins Farm are openly welcomed.

It is located at 418 Lewisburg Pike in Franklin, Tennessee.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’.

-Violet Sky

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