Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee and one of a few whose history revolves around the life of a woman: Adelicia Acklen. Tours are offered daily starting every half hour.
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Belmont Mansion is an Italianate villa constructed between the years 1849 and 1853. Through the years, it has been the summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen and her family, temporary headquarters of the Union army, and an all-girls college and seminary. One of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 square feet, the entire Belmont estate was built, furnished, and landscaped by the Acklens and boasted such luxuries as lavish gardens, an art gallery, a bowling alley, and a zoo. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, Belmont Mansion currently operates as a house museum, maintained by the Belmont Mansion Association through admissions, venue rentals, event fundraisers and individual and company donations

03/11/2020
03/09/2020

#MansionMonday Tennessee and Women’s Suffrage. Today it can be hard to grasp the impact of the effort to pass the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. Tennessee and Tennesseans played a significant role in an event that almost didn’t happen. Listen in to hear how Acklens played a role. #belmontmansion #19thamendment #womenshistorymonth #suffrage #tennesseehistory

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03/07/2020

Belmont Mansion's cover photo

03/02/2020

#MansionMonday Stories of strong women were found throughout Belmont Mansion in the art acquired by the Acklens. Not surprising given the character of the mistress of the house. March, Women’s History Month, is the perfect time to zero in on a few. Today? Atalanta, a woman of speed, a great huntress who outran her suitors! #belmontmansion #womenshistorymonth #victorianart #nashvillehistory #19thcenturyart #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

02/24/2020

#MansionMonday Belmont Mansion stands today, as it did in the 19th century, as a significant achievement in architecture. Jerry Trescott, Director of Architectural Restoration, shares a closer look at the Grand Salon and its role in the lives of the Acklens. #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #tennesseehistory #nashvillehistory #victorianlife #victorianhouse

The bicentennial of George Washington's birth ushered in a new era idealization of our colonial beginnings, evident in a...
02/19/2020

The bicentennial of George Washington's birth ushered in a new era idealization of our colonial beginnings, evident in architectural trends (think Colonial Revival homes) but also in events designed to entertain. This undated photo of Ward-Belmont students on the steps of Belmont Mansion shows the ladies enjoying colonial era costumes. #belmontmansion #belmontuniversity #nashvillehistory #visitmusiccity #nashville

Here's a closer look at the urn with George Washington's image which Jerry and Brandon were discussing in this morning's...
02/17/2020

Here's a closer look at the urn with George Washington's image which Jerry and Brandon were discussing in this morning's #MansionMonday. Click here for some background on the urn. http://ow.ly/zhOi50yoywt #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #presidentsday #victoriangardens

02/17/2020

#MansionMonday It’s President’s Day so of course we have to spend a few minutes reflecting on the veneration of George Washington. The near worshipful commemoration of his life which began shortly after his death and continued into the 20th century influenced art and architecture and became the basis for the holiday we mark today. Listen in as Jerry gives us some insight into American’s adoration of this first president. #belmontmansion #presidentsday #belmont #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #

Breakfast with Santa! Belmont Mansion's newest event was voted second best Children's Event this season. Make plans to j...
02/12/2020
Best Parties 2019: Readers' and Writers' Choice | Nfocus

Breakfast with Santa! Belmont Mansion's newest event was voted second best Children's Event this season. Make plans to join us next year! Bring your children, grandchildren and enjoy a beautiful Christmas breakfast in decorated Victorian splendor. It's an event unlike any other in town. #christmasatbelmontmansion #belmontmansion #nashvillechristmas

The votes are in!

Here's a close-up from the Belmont Estate painting of a residence built for the enslaved people of Belmont Mansion. The ...
02/10/2020

Here's a close-up from the Belmont Estate painting of a residence built for the enslaved people of Belmont Mansion. The painting documents the brick construction of a duplex and confirms the location of the dwellings - just down the hill from the mansion near the intersection of today's 15th Avenue South and Acklen Avenue. #belmontmansion #tennesseehistory #thisplacematters #blackhistorymonth #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

02/10/2020
The Estate Painting: Clues to African-American Life at Belmont Mansion

#MansionMonday Stories of African-Americans. It's an important part of the history of Belmont Mansion but sometimes the evidence that we use to re-construct those stories comes from non-traditional sources ... like the landscape or images of the landscape. Which is why the Belmont Estate painting done in 1860 is one of our most important artifacts here. Listen in as we explain more. #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #thisplacematters #belmont #visitmusiccity #blackhistorymonth #theslavedwellingproject #tennesseehistory

It's a snowy, beautiful scene here at Belmont Mansion today ... a rare treat! Yes, we're open! #belmontmansion #nashvill...
02/07/2020

It's a snowy, beautiful scene here at Belmont Mansion today ... a rare treat! Yes, we're open! #belmontmansion #nashville #visitmusiccity #nashvillehistory #snowday #belmont

Here's a closer look at that jib door we discovered in the Billiards Room. The door functions much like folding shutters...
02/04/2020

Here's a closer look at that jib door we discovered in the Billiards Room. The door functions much like folding shutters. Hinged to the framing they join in the middle. When opened along with the window above they allow access to the balcony and a cross breeze through the room as there was a door in the wall opposite. That door allowed air to flow into the Grand Salon. Open windows and doors provided necessary breezes. Remember - there was no AC! #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #belmont #tennesseehistory #victorianlife #victorianhome

02/03/2020

#MansionMonday Jerry has been having too much fun. He’s been at it again, discovering hidden architectural elements in the Billiards Room! #belmontmansion #belmont #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #nashvillehistory

01/27/2020

#MansionMonday At last! Ruth Gleaning and San Souci are getting a long awaited cleaning. This morning Brendan is talking with object conservator Shelley Reisman Paine about the work she’s doing this week on these treasured Acklen sculptures. #belmontmansion #visitmusiccity #nashvillehistory #victoriansculpture #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #artintennessee

01/21/2020

#MansionMonday We’ve been exploring again. If your mission is the restoration of a mid 19th century house, converted more than once for 20th century purposes, there are multiple opportunities for discoveries. Listen in as Jerry and Mark outline last week’s fun. #belmontmansion #belmont #visitmusiccity #nashville #tennesseehistory #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

01/13/2020

#MansionMonday 48 years. That’s how long the Belmont Mansion Association has worked to return this interior to its original state. The 1888 estate sale removed almost every original item. But it did provide a list of items and purchasers. That, alongside Adelicia’s estate inventory done at her death in 1887, provide a framework for recreating #BelmontMansion’s interior. Currently 38-40% of all furniture is original. The rest are period antiques of the same style and design as Adelicia would have had. We know from photographs taken during her life. It’s a significant achievement for a historic house museum. #19thcenturylife #victorianhouse #nashvillehistory #visitmusiccity

01/06/2020

#MansionMonday Art was a predominant theme in Adelicia Acklen’s life and her home reflected that passion, both then & now. Family portraits were an opportunity to display that love and served as memories much like we hang family photographs today. #BelmontMansion #victorianlife #19thcenturyart #visitmusiccity #nashvillehistory

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01/02/2020

Belmont Mansion's cover photo

Belmont Mansion's cover photo
01/02/2020

Belmont Mansion's cover photo

12/23/2019

#MansionMonday Happy Holiday wishes from all of us @BelmontMansion! 🎄
#ChristmasinNashville
#visitmusiccity
#belmontmansion

12/16/2019

#MansionMonday As evening approaches on the anniversary of the second day of what would be the last major battle of the Western theater of the Civil War we wonder what the city might have felt like. December 15-16,1864, the Battle of Nashville, marked a period that forever changed the city. And Belmont Mansion stood as witness. What might that night have been like?
#belmontmansion #belmont #nashville #battleofnashville #nashvillecivilwar #tennesseehistory #nashvillehistory

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12/13/2019

Belmont Mansion's cover photo

Christmas is a beautiful time to see the mansion - and evening Christmas tours are even more magical! Tonight and tomorr...
12/11/2019

Christmas is a beautiful time to see the mansion - and evening Christmas tours are even more magical! Tonight and tomorrow we're offering tours that are all about Victorian Christmas celebrations. Tickets are available for this 1,1/2 hour long tour with offerings at 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 this Wednesday (11th) and Thursday (12th).
www.belmontmansion.com/christmas-at-the-mansion
#Christmasatbelmontmansion #belmontmansion #visitmusiccity #nashvillechristmas #nashvillehistory

The Belmont Mansion was full of cheer this weekend! The Annual Christmas Dinner sparkled on Friday night and was followe...
12/09/2019

The Belmont Mansion was full of cheer this weekend! The Annual Christmas Dinner sparkled on Friday night and was followed by the cutest Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning.

The Christmas Season has only just begun! Check out our website for information on the events coming up! www.belmontmansion.com/christmas-at-the-mansion

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12/04/2019

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11/25/2019

Belmont Mansion's cover photo

11/25/2019

#MansionMonday Marksmanship was a keenly followed sport in 19th century Nashville with Joseph Hayes Acklen, Adelicia and Joseph’s son, a winning participant. Andy Blair today shares some of Joseph’s colorful story. #belmontmansion #belmont #victorianlife #visitmusiccity #nashville #tennesseehistory #tennessee

Add a festive morning celebration to your holiday with an event at Belmont Mansion that brings 19th century Christmas tr...
11/12/2019

Add a festive morning celebration to your holiday with an event at Belmont Mansion that brings 19th century Christmas traditions into the 21st century.

This event, designed to delight and entertain, includes breakfast, Christmas carols, activities for children, a stationed tour of the downstairs Mansion decorated for an Acklen family Christmas -- and a visit with Santa! Wynd & Paisley Photography will be on hand to capture the moment in this magical space.

#belmontmansion #christmasatbelmontmansion #visitmusiccity #nashville

11/11/2019

#MansionMonday Military service has taken many forms since the founding of the country. Today, standing on the lawn of Fort Negley, Mark and Andy are talking about 2,771 laborers at this military site whose work may have escaped notice if it weren’t for the efforts of historians and preservationists. In time, hopefully the stories of the laborers will be better known to us.

Read more about Randolph Acklen, enslaved laborer from Belmont Mansion, www.belmontmansion.com/blog

#belmontmansion #fortnegley #visitmusiccity #unesco #nashville

That moment of discovery! If you've been following our #MansionMonday posts you'll know we've been reproducing an 1870s ...
11/06/2019

That moment of discovery! If you've been following our #MansionMonday posts you'll know we've been reproducing an 1870s window shade for the Small Study. While working with it we discovered the crystal ball detail actually has small flecks of mica adhered with isinglass. These 19th century techniques produced a glitter like effect. Combined with the painted image, velvet flocking, and gilding this is one highly decorated window shade. #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #nashville #tennesseehistory #visitmusiccity #victorianhouse

11/05/2019

#MansionMonday.... wait Part II?! What’s that? We made a sudden discovery this morning when we examined the 1870s window shade in the morning light. All that glitters may not be gold but it certainly is exciting! #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #victorianhouse #visitmusiccity #nashvillehistory #tennesseehistory #victorianlife

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11/04/2019

Belmont Mansion's cover photo

11/04/2019

#MansionMonday It’s a #behindthescenes morning @BelmontMansion. Painted window shades - because it’s a surface that can be decorated! - were used in Victorian homes. Currently Mark is working to recreate one for us with help from our multi-talented registrar Danielle Ullrich. Listen in as we peek into the work room. #belmontmansion #belmont #nashvillehistory #visitmusiccity #restorationinaction #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #victorianlife #victorianhouse

10/28/2019

#MansionMonday We’re at it again! Paint analysis that is — because research is the basis of any well done restoration work. Today Brendan is talking with Matthew Mosca, Historic Paint Finishes Specialist, who’s investigating the ceiling, parts of the window frames, and more. #belmontmansion #belmont #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #visitmusiccity #tennesseehistory #nashvillehistory

The 19th century art of graining is on view in the mansion. Decorative painter Grace Abernethy is bringing life back to ...
10/26/2019

The 19th century art of graining is on view in the mansion. Decorative painter Grace Abernethy is bringing life back to shutters long bathed in college era white paint! #belmontmansion #belmont #victorianarchitecture #visitmusiccity #tennesseehistory #nashville

Looking for something that speaks to the Halloween season? Join us for an after-hours tour in the Mansion. October 28, 2...
10/25/2019

Looking for something that speaks to the Halloween season? Join us for an after-hours tour in the Mansion. October 28, 29, & 30 at 6:30 p.m. It's all about those unique rituals Victorians used to mourn their dead. #belmontmansion #visitmusiccity #nashville #tennesseehistory #belmont #victorianmourning #victorianlife #victorian

Evening tours are a great way to experience the mansion and what better topic to explore than Victorian mourning traditi...
10/22/2019

Evening tours are a great way to experience the mansion and what better topic to explore than Victorian mourning traditions. Join us next week for a specialty tour. Oct 28, 29 & 30 at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets required. http://ow.ly/EpKk50wQBzi #belmontmansion #visitmusiccity #nashvillehistory #tennesseehistory #belmont #victorianmourning

10/21/2019

#MansionMonday Mourning traditions have historically included expectations around clothing. So what were those 19th century traditions for men? Want take a guess ladies? Yes, men’s clothing was simpler than the ladies... #belmontmansion #victorianclothing #nashvillehistory #tennesseehistory #visitmusiccity

10/14/2019

#MansionMonday Funerals at home. Definitely not a 20th or 21st century norm. The practice of mourning loved ones has changed drastically since the 19th century. Today Mark shares just a bit of what will be shared during our mourning tours. October 28,29 & 30 at 6:30. #belmontmansion #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #visitmusiccity #nashvillehistory

Some of the most intriguing views at Belmont Mansion just slip up on you unexpectedly. #belmontmansion #belmont #nashvil...
10/09/2019

Some of the most intriguing views at Belmont Mansion just slip up on you unexpectedly. #belmontmansion #belmont #nashville #tennesseehistory #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #visitmusiccity

10/07/2019

#MansionMonday Raising children and launching them into the world is a universal experience. However, launching a daughter in the 19th century American South was a very different experience than it is today, especially if that daughter is from a wealthy family. Today Mark gives us some insight into the quest for a husband for Pauline. #belmontmansion #belmont #nashvillehistory #tennesseehistory #victorianlife #nashville #visitmusiccity

09/30/2019

#MansionMonday Beatrice Cenci. Died in September 1599 and a woman whose story was immortalized in paintings. Why was hers a portrait Adelicia acquired? Listen in to learn. #belmontmansion #belmont #nashvillehistory #visitmusiccity #nashville

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09/26/2019

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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue
Nashville, TN
37212

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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(615) 460-5459

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Scott A Daniel
My husband and I were married at the beautiful Belmont Mansion 11 years ago today.
When was the above painting done??
We are new to Nashville and toured the mansion Saturday afternoon. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The tour guide was very knowledgable and made us feel very welcome on the tour and after as she let us out of the mansion. This is the first house tour I've been on where they actually took us upstairs - which was a treat. Can't wait to go back in a year or so and see how the floor in the grand hall turns out!
Our group had fun going to the open house last night at Belmont Mansion! See what we're doing next at www.lotsofevents.com.
Hello! What is your operation schedule around Christmas?
Is Mike not doing Mansion Monday's anymore?
Awesome tour! Amazing place and so loved by their tour guides!
Balance? You want "balance" in presenting the story of slaveholders who lived like kings and queens while the human beings they owned like cattle lived miserable lives? Seriously? Where do you think the fulcrum needs to be placed on this teeter totter to balance that out?
What a wonderful, educational event was Death at Belmont Mansion. It was such a feast for my eyes, and it made me really sorry I have not visited Belmont in many years. I will not wait so long to revisit this time. Thanks for this wonderful after hours event!
Reflective of the relatives of Adelicia's first husband, Isaac Franklin, the book "Love's Young Dream: The Letters of Dr. Edward Noel Franklin to Miss Nannie Hillman--1871" describes the Franklin family of Sumner County. The letters also contain a first-hand account of the final days and death of Isaac Franklin's slave-trading business partner, John Armfield. The book is available on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Loves-Young-Dream-Franklin-Hillman-1871/dp/1732013802/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1525488088&sr=8-1&dpID=5193B5yZCEL&preST=_SY344_BO1,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=detail
You were amazing