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Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville

Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville

Visit Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, an exquisitely decorated 1853 Greek Revival Mansion.

This Belle Meade Plantation tour is conducted by period costumed interpreters. The Mansion is filled with original furnishings and period antiques and the tour encompasses both the first and second floors of the historic structure. A century of Belle Meade's history is told through stories of the Harding and Jackson families and the skilled laborers who contributed to make Belle Meade Plantation one of America's premier Thoroughbred farms.

Belle Meade is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is featured on the Ante-bellum Trail of Homes. In 1807, Virginian John Harding bought Dunham's Station log cabin and 250 acres on the Natchez Trace. For the next 100 years, the Harding family prospered, building their domain into a 5,400 acre plantation that was world renowned as a thoroughbred horse farm.

In the early years, Harding boarded horses for neighbors such as Andrew Jackson, and he was breeding thoroughbreds by 1816. He shipped grain to Charleston and New Orleans, and owned large tracts of land in Arkansas and Louisiana.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

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Time

9:30 am to 4:00 daily

Tours depart every 1/2 hour. See Special Schedule Details.

Please note: Specific tour times are not guaranteed. While every attempt will be made to fulfill your requested tour time, this is "first-come, first-served." If the time slot is full, you will be placed on the next available departure. In most cases, departures are only 30 minutes apart.

Hotel pick-up not included. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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Special Schedule Details

This tour does not operate on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day

Specific Departure Times Not Guaranteed

Specific tour times are not guaranteed. While every attempt will be made to fulfill your requested tour time, this is "first-come, first-served." If the time slot is full, you will be placed on the next available departure. In most cases, departures are only 30 minutes apart.

The War Between the States brought deprivation and danger to Belle Meade. During the Battle of Nashville, Union and rebel forces skirmished in the front yard, and the mansion's massive stone columns were riddled with bullets, the evidence still visible today.

In the years after the Civil War, Belle Meade's reputation as a first-class breeding establishment attracted buyers from around the world for the annual yearling sales. Adverse financial conditions forced an auction of the property at the beginning of the 20th century and the fourth generation of the Harding family moved off property.

In 1953, Belle Meade Mansion and eight outbuildings on 30 acres were deeded to the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, and is today managed by the Nashville chapter of the Association.

Hotel pick-up not included. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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October 19, 2017

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