The Hauntings of the Lotz House
Known for being at the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin, the Lotz House is acknowledged as one of the most haunted places in Tennessee. From family tragedy to the Civil War, the Lotz family had their share of devastating events.
Johann Albert Lotz was a German immigrant who came to the United States following the path of some of his family. He was known for his exceptional craftsmanship. He lived in New Orleans in 1848. While in Louisiana he met his wife Margaretha.
Johann moved to Franklin, Tennessee where he purchased a 5 acre parcel of the Carter Plantation. Shortly after purchasing the land he built a house for him and his family to live in.
The Lotz House was built in 1858 just a few years before the Civil War. Johann built the house by himself without any other labor. Johann and Margaretha raised six children in the home, four of their own and two from her previous marriage.
In 1864, Union soldiers made encampments nearby the Lotz house. To be able to see large distances they cut down many trees. They also poisoned the water supplies to deter any potential Confederate advances. The poisoned water is thought to be the reason why the Lotz twins died after playing in a nearby creek.
Just a few months after this tragedy in November of 1864, the Battle of Franklin broke out. The Lotz House was at the epicenter of the five hour battle that is deemed to be some of the bloodiest times of the Civil War.
Before the battle as men were lining up in the field surrounding the home, the Lotz family sought refuge in the Carter home’s cellar. In fear that the home may be destroyed, Lotz grabbed many of his woodworking tools so that they would be safe.
After hours of fighting the noise finally ceased. Emerging from the cellar the Lotz and Carters left their hiding place to witness the damage. Bodies of humans and horses killed in battle lay everywhere.
The home also took damage to the south wall. During the battle a cannonball crashed through the roof and second floor. The indent is still visible where the ball came to rest on the first floor. Just like Carnton Plantation, the Lotz House became a field hospital as Johann worked to repair the damage.
Johann and his family were forced to flee the Lotz House following the war. This came after the fact that he constructed a piano that depicted a Confederate flag beneath the American flag. Southern sympathizers confronted Lotz, causing him to decide to leave.
After the Lotz left the home it changed ownership several times even becoming a haunted house.
The Lotz House has been well known for its spooky occurrences. Those who have guided tours at the home have experienced strange happenings. Some of these include moving items such as museum displays and artifacts. Pipes and whiskey bottles have been reported to move between floors and rooms after hours.
Several television shows and a variety of paranormal investigators have brought their research to the home. They have worked to try and document what happens in the home that creates the suspicious movements from occurring. The Travel Channel has been a frequent visitor of the Lotz House with their teams of paranormal experts.
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Understanding the history behind this home creates mysteriousness for passerby. Aside from the ghostly happenings, people can experience the beauty of the historic home. The Lotz House has amazing columns that parade across the front of the home. These columns give it a beautiful look consistent with classic architecture.
How to Visit
The Lotz House is located across the street from the Carter House. It is at 1111 Columbia Avenue in Franklin. A variety of tours are offered of the home including ghost tours. For more information about the Lotz House along with hours and admission click here.
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