Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation Belle Meade Plantation is a 30 acre historic site famous in the 19th century for breeding thoroughbred horses.
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Well as hard as it is to believe, it is hat season! Even though the Derby and Steeplechase seasons are still a few month...
02/19/2020

Well as hard as it is to believe, it is hat season! Even though the Derby and Steeplechase seasons are still a few months away, we sell most of our hats now! And we are fully stocked!
#derbyseason, #steeplechaseseason, #kentuckyderby, #derbyhats,#itswhatwedo, #bellemeadeplantation

On this Valentine's Day weekend, we have the perfect pair for your perfect pair!  Belle Meade Blackberry Wine paired wit...
02/13/2020

On this Valentine's Day weekend, we have the perfect pair for your perfect pair! Belle Meade Blackberry Wine paired with our Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge and Belle Meade Sparkling Riesling paired with our Orange Cream Fudge...available at The Winery At Belle Meade Plantation and the Coop N' Scoop! Y'all get out here and enjoy!

#bellemeadeplantation, #bellemeadewinery, #coopnscoop, #valentinesday, #valentinesdayweekend, #nashvilletourism, #nashville, #itswhatwedo, #fudge, #wine,

Creeks up! If you have visited before, you know normally we have a very gentle creek...unless it rains! But even in the ...
02/11/2020

Creeks up! If you have visited before, you know normally we have a very gentle creek...unless it rains! But even in the rain, there is beauty to be found at Belle Meade! #creeklife, #nashvilletourism, #creek, #rainydays, #richlandcreek, #nature

Well, it wasn’t much...but we are grateful! Check out a rare snowfall here at Belle Meade! #southernsnow, #southernmansi...
02/07/2020

Well, it wasn’t much...but we are grateful! Check out a rare snowfall here at Belle Meade! #southernsnow, #southernmansions, #nashvilletourism, #bellemeadeplantation, #snowinthesouth,

On this rainy day in Nashville, we are teaching this group about the history of biscuit making and country ham! They cho...
02/06/2020

On this rainy day in Nashville, we are teaching this group about the history of biscuit making and country ham! They chose to take our Culinary Tour and get to enjoy some fresh from the oven biscuits and ham! #southerncooking, #southernbiscuits, #biscuits, #nashvillecooking, #nashvilletourism, #nashvillefoodtours, #itswhatwedo

Belle Meade Plantation's cover photo
02/06/2020

Belle Meade Plantation's cover photo

On January 17th 1920 the prohibition would go into effect nationwide in the United States this marking the death of John...
01/17/2020

On January 17th 1920 the prohibition would go into effect nationwide in the United States this marking the death of John Barleycorn however, Tennessee had adopted statewide prohibition in 1909. Sperry, Wade & Company who were related to the Harding/Jackson family that owned Belle Meade produced Bourbon which they called Belle Meade bourbon. The distillery was not far from Belle Meade plantation and the company also owned a warehouse in downtown Nashville which is now Wildhorse Saloon. Unfortunately the distillery would burn down in 1885 and the Sperry, Wade Company would sell off the remaining 1000 barrels in the downtown warehouse to Charles Nelson Greenbrier Distillery. Come learn about the history and taste Belle Meade bourbon on one of our Bourbon Tours.

01/15/2020
The movie 1917 recently came out and has gotten a lot of people interested in learning more about the First World War. B...
01/13/2020

The movie 1917 recently came out and has gotten a lot of people interested in learning more about the First World War. Believe it or not Belle Meade has many connections to WWI. One such connections is a soldier by the name of Overton Carter who served in WWI. His grandmother Susannah Carter was formerly enslaved at Belle Meade and had stayed as a paid employee after emancipation eventually becoming head of the domestic staff. Her grandson Overton Carter would attend and graduate from Fisk University in Nashville and work as a teller at One Cent Savings Bank in Nashville. When WWI breaks out he enlists and would be with Company C, 325th Field Signal Battalion which was comprised of college educated African American men was apart of the 92nd Buffalo Division. They were an important part of keeping communications up and running between the units on the front lines often putting up telephone and radio wires up while under fire. Overton Carter and the rest of the 325th land in Brest France on June 19th 1918 then proceeded to Vitrey where they then hike 20 miles over four days to Bourbonne-Les Bains then on to Voisey France. This is where the 325th would encounter some of their first combat while setting up communications. On September 27th some of Overton’s fellow soldiers would capture 8 German prisoners and 2 German machine guns unfortunately it resulted in the deaths of Corporal Charles E. Boykin and Sergeant Henry E. Boykin. On October 10th the 92nd Division along with the Overton Carter and the 325th Signal Battalion would take over the Marbache sector relieving the 167th French Division. Unfortunately Overton Carter would die on October 23, 1918 from pneumonia. He would be buried in France and eventually his remains are brought back to Nashville and is buried at Mt. Arat cemetery. Unfortunately due to years of neglect and vandalism the exact location of his grave is unknown.

#MuseumMonday This china doll belonged to Annie Woodfolk Carter who was born at Belle Meade on March 9, 1896. Her father...
01/13/2020

#MuseumMonday This china doll belonged to Annie Woodfolk Carter who was born at Belle Meade on March 9, 1896. Her father Austin Woodfolk worked at the Dairy on the farm and her mother’s name was Sally Burton. Annie lives at Belle Meade until she was two years old then here family moved to east Nashville but here father still worked at the dairy and Annie remembers visiting Belle Meade during the summer. When Annie was 14 she left school to become a nurse. In 1916 she moved to Cleveland Ohio where she eventually married her husband Earnest Carter. Annie would come back to visit Belle Meade on the 112th wedding anniversary of third generation owner’s of Belle Meade Selene Harding and General William Hicks Jackson in 1980 and donate a doll that belonged to her when she was a child. Learn more about those that worked at Belle Meade post emancipation and those that were enslaved here prior to emancipation on our Journey to Jubilee tour.

01/09/2020

Then and Now Belle Meade. The picture was taken around the year 1900. In the top part of the back portico would have been a bathroom that was added in 1892.

Due to a broken pipe in our Visitor's Center, our site will close early today (January 7, 2020).  The last tour will be ...
01/07/2020

Due to a broken pipe in our Visitor's Center, our site will close early today (January 7, 2020). The last tour will be at 2.30 pm. We apologize for the inconvenience.

01/06/2020

Then and now pictures of the two story smoke house at Belle Meade. The pictures range from the laste 19th century to the 1950s to give you an ideal of the evolution of the building. Joe Carter who’s mother Susannah Carter who was formerly enslaved at Belle Meade would say in an interview with the Nashville Tennessean Newspaper,
“They usually had two killings a year at Belle Meade, 200 hogs being slaughtered at each. Back in one corner of the smokehouse was the jowls and side meat with all the fine hams hung up by the door.”
Smokehouses were an major part of a farms self sustaining aspect in the 19th century.

01/05/2020

Belle Meade then and now. Actor Basil Ruysdael as Andrew Jackson standing in the main hallway of Belle Meade. Belle Meade was used as a stand in for the Hermitage for the Disney Davey Crockett miniseries for television in early 1950s. The colored picture is of the main hallway in the 1950s.

Many folks don’t know that in the early 1950’s Hollywood comes to Belle Meade. Disney would film part of the Davy Crocke...
01/05/2020

Many folks don’t know that in the early 1950’s Hollywood comes to Belle Meade. Disney would film part of the Davy Crockett miniseries for television at the home once owned by the Harding/Jackson family. The main house was used as a stand in for the Hermitage and the carriage house was used as a sound stage. The Davy Crockett miniseries featured Fess Parker (Davy Crockett), Buddy Ebsen (George Russel) and Basil Ruysdael (Andrew Jackson). These pictures were taken at Belle Meade during filming.

01/02/2020

It’s a rainy day here at Belle Meade. On April 22nd 1883 Selene Jackson would write in a letter about a rainy day at Belle Meade,

“It rained very hard & nearly all night last night & this morning at breakfast the creek was booming down the pike. The front gate could not have been opened & all communication cut off from our fine stable of colts except to walk the plank fence, the new stable was sitting in the midst of an island surrounded by water; it was indeed a frightful looking flood & it has been repeated twice today & it is still threatening rain.....”

Don’t worry folks today Belle Meade is open and welcoming guests. Come on out and enjoy some history.

New Year’s Day 1863 would change the lives of millions of enslaved people in the United States. The emancipation proclam...
01/01/2020

New Year’s Day 1863 would change the lives of millions of enslaved people in the United States. The emancipation proclamation which states "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." Although technically it didn’t apply to Tennessee because Nashville had already been recaptured by the federal army the hope for freedom was much stronger than ever before and the American Civil War would take a different direction. The Proclamation also announced the acceptance of black men into the Federal Army and Navy. By the the surrender at Appomattox in 1865, almost 200,000 black soldiers and sailors had fought for the Union and freedom and freedom would come with the passing of the 13th amendment. One of those enslaved at Belle Meade by the name of Moses Harding would be used as labor by the Federal army helping build fortifications such as Fort Negley in Nashville. In July of 1864 Moses Harding enlists in the 15th United States Colored Troops and would be honorably discharged in April of 1866 at the rank of Sergeant. Come learn more about those who were enslaved at Belle Meade on our Journey to Jubilee tour.

01/01/2020
Today is #NationalBaconDay. At Belle Meade we have a smokehouse that was originally built as a 1 1/2 story building arou...
12/30/2019

Today is #NationalBaconDay. At Belle Meade we have a smokehouse that was originally built as a 1 1/2 story building around 1826 later in the 1850s it would be a 2 story smokehouse. The family would process roughly 400 hogs a year which is in the ball park of about 100,000 pounds of meat a year. THAT’S A LOT OF BACON!

12/30/2019

Then and Now Belle Meade. This is a picture of the 3rd generation owner General William Hicks Jackson and his grandson William Harding Jackson Jr. General Jackson would take Belle Meade stud farm into internationally known status in the 1880s. His grandson Williams Harding Jackson Jr. will be apart of important aspects of the Second World War. This picture was taken in the early 1900s when William Harding Jackson Jr. was about 1 year old. Come out to Belle Meade to learn more about their story. Be sure to turn on the sound for this video.

12/28/2019

Then and Now at Belle Meade. This picture was taken in the early 1900’s of these five dapper gentlemen. The one in the center is John Overton Dickinson. His family would be the first family to purchase Belle Meade after the Harding/Jackson sell it off in 1906. Come visit to find out more about the history of Belle Meade.

Even the sky is blushing ☺️ Thanks for sharing @sarah_neeleywed  📸@
11/21/2019

Even the sky is blushing ☺️
Thanks for sharing @sarah_neeleywed
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Make time to enjoy the simple things, even on a Monday morning. #itswhatwedo
11/04/2019

Make time to enjoy the simple things, even on a Monday morning. #itswhatwedo

We're so excited to host the 4th Annual Holiday Open House! This event will include:Walk through the beautifully decorat...
10/31/2019

We're so excited to host the 4th Annual Holiday Open House! This event will include:
Walk through the beautifully decorated mansion*
Complimentary hot cider and cookies
Live holiday music
Crafts for kids
Photo op with Santa and Mrs.Claus
Gift shopping at The Shoppe at Belle Meade Plantation and Belle Meade Winery
Wine available for purchase by the glass or bottle
Book signing by Sheree Kelly of her cookbook Breads & Spreads
Grilled hot dogs available for purchase
Ice cream and fresh handmade fudge available to sample and purchase at the
Coop 'N Scoop
*Space is limited inside the mansion, so a timed ticket is required for a tour. Mansion Tour tickets will be available at the Visitor's Center on a first come, first serve basis. The ticket desk will open at 5:00 p.m.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Harding House Restaurant, operated by The Infinity Hospitality Group, has closed.  We appreciate their eight years o...
10/29/2019

The Harding House Restaurant, operated by The Infinity Hospitality Group, has closed. We appreciate their eight years of quality dining service to our guest.
During the interim period, as we remodel this space, our Guest Services Staff will be happy to assist you with local restaurant options.
We are excited to announce that in the Spring of 2020, Belle Meade Plantation will open a new Food and Wine concept that will enhance our legacy of two centuries of legendary hospitality.
For your convenience, this new option will be open seven days a week.
We look forward to serving you in 2020!

The candy is ready, the prizes are ready, and the weather looks Spook-tacular!! We hope to see all our friends and neigh...
10/19/2019

The candy is ready, the prizes are ready, and the weather looks Spook-tacular!! We hope to see all our friends and neighbors tomorrow afternoon for our Annual Trick or Treat!

As always, we have Teal Pumpkins at every stop!

2019-2020 Program Series:  Art and Music in American HistoryJoin us for a 5-part series exploring the unique sights and ...
08/13/2019

2019-2020 Program Series:
Art and Music in American History
Join us for a 5-part series exploring the unique sights and sounds of American art and music! Each program will focus on a particular era of American history, diving into the visual arts, performance arts, and music of the time. Get hands-on with history while you create art of your own and honor some of America’s most famous, infamous, and innovative artists!

All programs are 10.00am – 12.00pm.

Program Dates
August 26, 2019: Early Republic and the Tennessee Frontier (1796-1812)
Find out what were the early settlers in Tennessee listening to in the evenings. Discover how function met beauty in the folk art of the time and explore how class and race affected entertainment in the early years of America.

We're excited to share that Brigette Jones, Director of African American Studies and the Journey to Jubilee tour were fe...
06/06/2019
New tour highlights slaves' importance to Belle Meade Plantation's success

We're excited to share that Brigette Jones, Director of African American Studies and the Journey to Jubilee tour were featured on Anne Holt's Tennessee!
If you haven't had a chance to experience this tour, please stop by on Saturday June 22nd for our second annual Juneteenth Celebration. More information about the event can be located on our website.
https://bellemeadeplantation.com/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - The story of Belle Meade Plantation and the African-Americans enslaved there has been told countless times, but no one tells it like Brigette Jones. 

We are excited about our WWII Day and 75th anniversary of D-Day. June 6 from 9-5 come see and learn about the connection...
05/29/2019

We are excited about our WWII Day and 75th anniversary of D-Day. June 6 from 9-5 come see and learn about the connections between Belle Meade and WWII.

Belle Meade will be closed today in observance of the Easter holiday.
04/21/2019

Belle Meade will be closed today in observance of the Easter holiday.

Belle Meade Plantation's cover photo
04/20/2019

Belle Meade Plantation's cover photo

Our phones are down and we apologize for the inconvenience!  While they are being repaired, please email info@bellemeade...
04/16/2019

Our phones are down and we apologize for the inconvenience! While they are being repaired, please email [email protected] for any inquiries or help with your ticket purchases

Spring has arrived at the Harding Cabin. Come enjoy this beautiful weather with us!
04/05/2019

Spring has arrived at the Harding Cabin. Come enjoy this beautiful weather with us!

April is here, and the deadline for the Junior Intern Program is fast approaching! Love history and looking for somethin...
04/01/2019

April is here, and the deadline for the Junior Intern Program is fast approaching!

Love history and looking for something to put on your resume? Look no further than Belle Meade Plantation's new Junior Intern Program! Teenagers who have graduated from the Junior Docent Program and other 15-18 year olds who are ambitious self-starters, looking for volunteer work experience in the museum field, are invited to apply for our Junior Intern Program.

Applications for the Summer (May-July) Junior Intern Program are now available at https://bellemeadeplantation.com/junior-interns/ and are due by April 15, 2019.

We are grateful and proud of the commitment and dedication of our staff. The hard work they put in was recognized at the...
03/29/2019

We are grateful and proud of the commitment and dedication of our staff. The hard work they put in was recognized at the Tennessee Association of Museums last week, as Belle Meade was recognized in achieving excellence in education for Journey to Jubilee and excellence in exhibits for the Family Christmas display. Thank you, team members, for your contributions to education and the quality of work you produce every day.

Love history and looking for something to put on your resume? Look no further than Belle Meade Plantation's new Junior I...
03/20/2019
Junior Interns | Belle Meade Plantation

Love history and looking for something to put on your resume? Look no further than Belle Meade Plantation's new Junior Intern Program! Teenagers who have graduated from the Junior Docent Program and other 15-18 year olds who are ambitious self-starters, looking for volunteer work experience in the museum field, are invited to apply for our Junior Intern Program.

Applications for the Summer (May-July) Junior Intern Program are now available at https://bellemeadeplantation.com/junior-interns/ and are due by April 15, 2019.

Junior Inters are volunteers between the ages of 10-15. The Junior Interns Program is a year-long program, that runs January-December.

Visit our ice cream and fudge shop, the Coop N Scoop, for your fresh fudge and refreshing ice cream. And check out their...
03/17/2019

Visit our ice cream and fudge shop, the Coop N Scoop, for your fresh fudge and refreshing ice cream. And check out their new Instagram page: bellemeadefudge

We are welcoming Dr. Tim Johnson from Lipscomb University tonight, March 14, for a Carriage House Conversation you won't...
03/14/2019

We are welcoming Dr. Tim Johnson from Lipscomb University tonight, March 14, for a Carriage House Conversation you won't want to miss. This is a free, two hour event from 5-7 p.m. Come enjoy some insightful discussion and free fudge!

Join us for our next Carriage House Conversation with Dr. Tim Johnson of Lipscomb University, as he discusses the Mexica...
03/12/2019

Join us for our next Carriage House Conversation with Dr. Tim Johnson of Lipscomb University, as he discusses the Mexican War and the role of TN soldiers in that conflict. This free event includes fudge and takes place on Thursday, March 14, beginning at 5 p.m.

Address

110 Leake Ave
Nashville, TN
37205

We provide ample parking for cars, buses, and RVs. Public transportation is available.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(615) 356-0501

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Belle Meade offers Guided Tours of the Mansion, Journey to Jubilee Tours, Segway Tours, Food and Wine Pairings, and Bourbon Tastings.


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Come for the history, stay for the fun!
Your favorite couple from st louis is coming down there for some of that delicious wine. We cant wait to see the place again and purchase that wine. I would like to surprise my wife with drinking out in your garden area. So if you could do anything to make it special for us I would greatly appreciate it. Your staff is always nice and friendly.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone for the Wine Pairing event. They are very educational and the personality was terrific. Their Fudge is great. The grounds are well maintained.
Great place to learn about 19 century southern history, its lights and shadows through the trajectory of various generations of the Harding family. Sarah was our tour guide. Highly recommended.
House and ground tours.
The wine tasting was great! Very informative
Do you know what Mr. Wills' topic will be for the upcoming Carriage House Conversation, Belle Meade Plantation?
Are you open Easter Sunday?
This was the MOST fun, informative tour! We were lucky enough to have the curator, Jesse, as our personal tour guide. He patiently answered EVERY question our group threw at him. The wine tasting at the end was definitely different than California wine tasting, but fun none the less. If you have a choice, THIS is the plantation to visit/tour.
We have attended educational programs at Belle Meade a number of times. While we learn from and enjoy each program, it seems with each visit my son is taught historically inaccurate details that I must then correct after the program. Example: the plantations financial problems were not due to the rise in popularity of baseball as we were told in our tour 12/13/19. A) They were rooted in the financial panic of 1893 and the depression that followed. B) Horse Racing did not simply loose popularity. Race tracks were forcibly closed and the sport targeted by feminists set on "reforming". This group of political activists focused on "reforming" gambling, tobacco use and, most famously, alcohol. Horse racing was a casualty of the early feminist "reformers". Gambling was completely outlawed in TN in 1906, thanks to the "reformers" and that is the year that the majority of Belle Meade Plantation was sold to developers. Yes, changing sports interests was *a* factor but it was much more complicated with other factors perhaps contributing more so to the rapid decline of Belle Meade. To say that the decline in the 1890s was "because of baseball" whose popularity was gaining at the time is simplistic and absolutely inaccurate. One wonders how the dynamic businessmen who built Belle Meade Plantation, who oversaw its expansion and how maintained it would have dealt with the market changes had they been alive and well in 1906.
We did the Journey to Jubilee Tour today with Steven and it was AMAZING!! So insightful and informative. His passion for the project was so inspirational. The truth of the history can be a difficult topic at times, but the importance of that truth is undeniable. Thank you for such a great opportunity to learn as he said "from the bottom up perspective". Anyone who goes to the plantation should do this new tour!