Octagon Hall Civil War Museum – Franklin, Kentucky - Atlas Obscura

Octagon Hall was originally built to be the home of the Caldwell family. Andrew Jackson Caldwell wanted a truly unique house for his family that stood out from all others, so he had it constructed with eight sides. The home took nearly 10 years to build, completed right at the onset of the Civil War.  Once the cannon fire and gun shots commenced, the oddly shaped home became a key sanctuary for Confederate troops. Union troops also spent time camping on the grounds of Octagon Hall. 

The property has also been rumored to be hotbed for supernatural activity.  The grounds home to a slave cemetery where you can also find a few unknown soldiers buried in the same area.

The museum plays host to a library, Civil War and Native American artifacts, along with genealogical/historical research materials. In addition to the museum, the Octagon Hall garden is a historically accurate rendition from the period that you can view when in season. 

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There is a gift shop on site. Open year around except for during major holidays. Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 9:00-11:30 a.m.; 1:00-3:30 p.m.