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Belle Meade Plantation

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Address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
Phone Number: +1 615-356-0501
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Leisure education
Description: Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic site located in Nashville...
Belle Meade Plantation is a non-profit historic site located in Nashville, TN. Established in 1807, Belle Meade was revered as the greatest thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. It was home to Iroquois,the first American bred horse to win the Epsom Derby and the great foundation sire,Bonnie Scotland,whose descendants include Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Native Dancer, Big Brown and California Chrome. Belle Meade was owned and operated by the Harding-Jackson family for nearly a century from 1807 until 1906. Today their home is restored to its turn of the century appearance along with several original outbuildings.
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Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents

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Very interesting visit.

Not a cotton plantation, but a thoroughbred breeding business established in the 19th century by the estates founder John Harding. Beautifully restored with much of the original... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Hadfield, United Kingdom
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Hadfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Not a cotton plantation, but a thoroughbred breeding business established in the 19th century by the estates founder John Harding. Beautifully restored with much of the original furniture etc., the house is a delight as are the grounds, stables etc.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

House tour was well worth the money! Wonderful history of Thoroughbred racing in Tennessee and the world at that time. Stories of famous horses related to current breeding lines and facts about living conditions prior to and after the civil war. The grounds are beautiful with the carriage house, Doll House, and Smoke House etc. enjoyed seeing a mansion that... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This was honestly more than I expected for this type of place. This house is very well maintained and the staff give a very detailed tour, they are very knowledgeable. There is also a stable with a carriage/buggy collection. There is a gift shop and a wine tasting is included at the end of the tour.

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Johnstown, Pennslyvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Stoped here with bus group. Enjoyed the tour inside the house. Costumed guides were very knowledgable. Winery is small and unable to handle large groups. The wine we wanted to purchase they did not have, but we could pay to have it shipped. We did not buy any.

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The tour guide in the house was humorous and filled with information. We enjoyed his presentation very much, and went right from the house to the wine tasting (not too much was served, actually) and then we walked all around the plantation. We had anticipated learning more about horse breeding, but although that was how the family got rich, not... More 

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Freeville, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent tour of a southern restored home and grounds. The grounds are not extensive and are self guided. The home is the real show. Guided by docents in period dress it is educational and fun. You don't just walk by rooms, you walk through them, making it all very real. Everything is beautifully preserved and maintained. The... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have visited Belle Meade Plantation several times, and have enjoyed each visit. It's a great place to take out-of-town guests. My 3rd grader and I participated in a field trip that showcased how Christmas was celebrated at the plantation, beginning in the 1880's, continuing by the decade, to the mid 1900's. Each room was decorated as it would have... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Belle Meade Plantation is a beautiful and very well preserved property. The house tour is great and gives very interesting details on the family business of horse racing and breeding. We visited on a very warm day and were happy to find the house air conditioned. The house is full of family portraits and furnishings that were original to the... More 

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Pennsylvania, US
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Our guide for the house tour was wonderful. She was very informed about the history of the home and the generations of the original family. They have done a great job of getting many of the original furnishings and pictures back in the home. The stables have been lovingly restored and contain many interesting carriages and vehicles including a sleigh.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A time of long ago is here for you to see; the former owners were horse breeders and there is a story there worth finding out about. the grounds are very nice to walk around.

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