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Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
615-356-0501
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Ranked #18 of 117 attractions in Nashville
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Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Leisure education, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic home-site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, this home-site tells the history of the... more » Owner description: Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic home-site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, this home-site tells the history of the Harding and Jackson families and the impact that they had on the city of Nashville and, more importantly, their indelible contribution to the development of thoroughbred racing horses in the United States. Belle Meade was revered as the greatest thoroughbred stud farm in the United States in the 1880s and 1890s and was home to Iroquois (the first US-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby) and Bonnie Scotland (whose bloodline includes Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Native Dancer, Big Brown and I'll Have Another, to name a few). Beyond thoroughbred horses, this history also encompasses the Antebellum South, slavery, the Civil War, emancipation and reconstruction, and was the home of Civil War Generals William Giles Harding and William Hicks Jackson, as well as national statesmen including US Supreme Court Justice Howell E. Jackson, US Secretary of War Jacob Dickinson and US Senator Luke Lea. « less
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Monroe, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

While promoted as a prominent, important thoroughbred breeding facility, there was very little of the tour and facility related to the equines. The tour focused on the family and the house. It was ok but not what I expected.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Awesome meal. 3 different kinds of eggs Benedict which all looked amazing. Only wish the plantation was open to tour!

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oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

If you love the horse racing industry, you must see this planation. Here is the start of a great line of racing horses. The guides are great, the house is large, and the grounds are well maintained. There is a wine tasting on the property along with a great gift shop. This planation is used for weddings, reunions and other... More

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We usually try to take a home tour when we visit a new city, and so have seen many (we were on vacation this time with our grown son and his girlfriend). The grounds were disappointing, large brown patches in the grass and untrimmed bushes made the property look unloved. The outbuildings were either closed-up or left empty, so walking... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

You pull in and park right off the road. Normally you think of sprawling green lawns and garden. From the mansion you could see the main road and all the other commercialized parts of town. After visiting South Carolina and Georgia's plantations I was slightly disappointed. The history was great and the tour guide was good. Besides the mansion there... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This was actually one of my favorite attractions. I love seeing the history of how people actually lived in different eras. There is a different guide(narrator) in each part of the house who is dressed in costume that describes the history of the family and talks about the house. Afterward there is a nice wine tasting as well. A very... More

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This tour was very nice and gave a lot of history of the plantation. Like the wine tasting at the end of tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Very informative if you have never visited a plantation before but I wish there was a little more to see outside of the house.

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Nottingham Uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Went round in small groups,very personal tour and so interesting to hear and see how houses like this were run.

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nc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We had Austin as our guide through the mansion. He was fantastic! The history of the farm and of the slaves who helped run it was very interesting. With so many wealthy families back in those days, they were plagued by tragedy and misfortune. I so enjoyed the story telling. The wine tasting at the end of our tour was... More

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