America’s favorite pastime returns to Carnton Plantation

Vintage display of base ball begins April 10


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Carnton Plantation, managed by the Battle of Franklin Trust, will serve as the home field for the Franklin Farriers and the Oak Hill Travellers, this summer in a new season of vintage base ball. All games will be played in the large open field west of the plantation.

The Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball has announced that the first game day, will be on Sunday, April 10, featuring a double-header with games at both noon and 2:30 p.m.

Going back in the past, players must abide by the rules and traditions of base ball, as it would have been during the Civil War. The required underhand pitch, period reproduction uniforms and the absence of gloves will ensure an authentic experience. Spectators may find the presence of umpires in vintage base ball to be a formality rather than a necessity. Tough calls such as “safe” or “out” are expected to be resolved between the players themselves.

“We look forward to hosting these old-style games each year,” said Eric Jacobson, chief executive officer of the Battle of Franklin Trust. “Carnton Plantation is the perfect setting for bringing 1860s base ball to life and continuing to tell the stories of life during the Civil War-era.”

All games are free and open to the public. Additional matches will take place at Carnton Plantation on May 15 at noon and 2:30 p.m., July 24 at noon, and Aug. 21 at noon. Additionally, eleven teams from the state will vie for the Sulphur Dell Cup on Sept. 10 – 11.

About the Battle of Franklin Trust

The Battle of Franklin Trust is a 501 (c) 3 management corporation acting on behalf of Franklin’s battlefield sites to enrich the visitor experience and contribute to a greater understanding of the November 30, 1864 battle. The Trust is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of preserving, restoring, maintaining and interpreting the properties, artifacts and documents related to the battle so as to preserve an important part of the nation’s history.

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