The Lotz House

Lotz House
1111 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064

J.T. Thompson -

Sue Armstron Thompson -

Thomas Cartwright -

Bob Carlisle -

Trip Advisor awards Lotz House Award as #1 Historic Site in Franklin - link




J.T. Thompson
J.T. Thompson, Antiques and Fine Art Appraiser 

J.T. Thompson serves as Executive Director and Vice President of the Lotz House. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of The Carter House and serves on the Battlefield Task Force for the Mayor of Franklin, Tennessee. Thompson is also on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Preservation Trust and serves on the Collections Committee for Carnton Plantation.

Opening the Lotz House has been a life long dream of J.T.’s. His enthusiasm and passion for sharing the fine arts, antiques and furnishings become apparent when you hear the stories he tells about each piece. He holds a special interest in antique furnishings, porcelain, silver and Civil War memorabilia.

He has served as President of the Battle of Nashville Preservation Society and continues to assist the organization as a past president and current member. He has a great love for Civil War history and its preservation. For the past six years J.T. has been featured at various Antique Appraisal Fairs throughout Tennessee and the Southeast, including events for the Tennessee Backroads and the Jack Daniels Distillery.

Thompson is certified in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Advisory Opinions (USPAP) and trained as a certified Personal Property Appraiser. He is also a member of the International Association of R.S. Prussia Collectors and The Society of Inkwell Collectors.

Thompson, a native Texan, has lived in Nashville most of his life. He had an impressive career in television news where he anchored the news at KTVE-TV, KNOE-TV and KALB-TV in Louisiana, served as news director in Guam for Cable News/CNN and later joined WSMV-TV in Nashville as executive producer and later as news director.

Following his television news career Thompson served as President of Music City Marketing and UPtown’s Smoke Shop. He is married to Susan Andrews Thompson.


Sue Armstrong Thompson

Sue Armstrong Thompson, IA 

Sue is often called the “One Woman Road Show,” as she has conducted numerous antique appraisal fairs for many years.

Sue, an independent appraiser, has been involved in the art and antiques appraisal business for more than 45 years. She has been retained to do appraisals throughout the U.S., England and Germany. In the past, she has also been an art instructor in the Western Pacific Islands of Guam and Saipan.

Her international work and travel have enabled her to understand art on a global level. She is a noted antiquarian who works as a consultant to individuals and corporations and lectures on the subject of collecting as investment.

She is avid collector of American furniture and decorative arts. In fact, she was instrumental in finding and collecting many of the furnishings and decorative arts you see at the Lotz House today.

She has also been involved in the restoration and preservation of many of Middle Tennessee’s historical homes including Mooreland, Longview, Belmont Mansion, Belle Meade Mansion, Clover Bottom, White Hall and, of course, the Lotz House.



Thomas Cartwright

Thomas Cartwright

Thomas Y. Cartwright is known as one of the leading authorities on the Civil War and the Battle of Franklin. He recently joined in partnership with the Lotz House, a Civil War house museum to take guests on guided tours of the battlefield.

Prior to this entrepreneurial effort, Carter was Director of the Carter House from 1997 until 2008. He joined the Carter House in 1989 and was Military Curator and Historian until he was promoted to Director.

Thomas Cartwright frequently appears on various documentaries for the History Channel, A&E, Travel Channel, CNN, Discovery, and Preservation Channel. For many years, he has lectured throughout most of the United States for Civil War Round Tables, corporations, preservation groups and heritage organizations.

Cartwright is a supporter of the Civil War Preservation Trust, and many other local and national organizations. For the last 20 years, he has guided groups throughout most the Western Theater battlefields.

In addition, Cartwright authored several articles and essays published in Tennessee Celebrate South Museum of the Confederacy, A Meteor Shining Brightly Essays on Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, Black Southerners in Gray, The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, Civil War Times and Around the State A Publication of Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association.

He is currently authoring two books: Mascots in the Civil War and Battle of Thompson's Station. Cartwright began visiting battlefields as a young boy, and his interest was encouraged by listening to stories about his great-grandfather, who was in the war, the Civil War Centennial, and many great historians including the late Stanley Horn. 

Thomas Cartwright's Battle of Franklin Guide - May, 2010

We are happy to announce the much anticipated ...
Thomas Cartwright's Battle of Franklin Guide! It's a new 2-CD set that is an indispensible guide of the Battle of Franklin. Disc one is Thomas  describing November 30, 1864, in only the way Thomas can.  

Carefully edited with surround sound, period music and battle sounds, when you listen to it, you will feel you have transported to the battle field.   

The second cd is a driving tour of all the significant site on the Franklin Battlefield.  Pop it into your player and Thomas will give you turn my turn directions to each site.  It makes a great gift. 

Perfect for Civil War buffs as well as experts, great for students and teachers,  this set is not be missed.  The price is $24.99 plus shipping. 
Please call the Lotz House gift shop to order.


Bob Carlisle

Bob Carlisle

Robert Z Carlisle has been a volunteer staff person from the day he first walked into the Lotz House. After hearing the compelling story of the Albert Lotz family he was ready for the challenge. He has a 30 year resume of researching family histories and working in genealogy.

Bob, who is now retired after forty years of ministry, discovered through his own research that both of his great-grandfathers fought in the Civil War, one on Union and one on the Confederate side. He was born in Oklahoma and lived with his wife, Judy and their four children in Ohio, the hills of southeast Kentucky and Colorado.

He spent the last 19 years of his full-time Ordained Ministry working in a historic church in downtown Denver. The Carlisle’s now live in Spring Hill, TN where they can be close to their three grandchildren.