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Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
615-356-0501
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Ranked #17 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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Toledo, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Nova Scotia, Canada
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Really cool- glad we did this ! Everything about this place is authentic and so cool! A mansion decades ago puts things into perspective in todays world and the hardships that were faced!

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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Belle Meade Plantation is a great place to spend a day (or at least half a day). There's a plantation house, grounds, history, a wine shop and restaurant. We took the full tour of the house. I love touring homes, especially those that give a glimmer of the owners and the history during the time. This was one of the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Belle Meade is a pleasant place to visit with an interesting story about the family who owned the plantation. Don't miss the free wine tasting. Although it was a thoroughbred horse breeding farm, Bell Meade makes outstanding wine.

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I had purchased a Groupon and went with a friend while vacationing in Nashville to visit the plantation. It was like taking a step back in time. The tour allows you to see the majority of the home and its furnishings. It was a great experience and wonderful to see my first plantation. The grounds are a self tour, and... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It was a beautiful sunny day-perfect for touring a house & grounds of a wealthy Tennessee family. There were outbuildings to see including an impressive coach barn for the horses that they raised. The story of the trainer, born a slave, but freed & paid to be the head trainer was fascinating. The wine tasting at the end made for... More

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