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“Classic Southern Home”

Belle Meade Plantation
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Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents
Ranked #12 of 247 things to do in Nashville
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Owner description: 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.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Classic Southern Home”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a great tour while visiting Nashville. Belle Meade Plantation offers a guided tour of the mansion and self guided tour of the grounds. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered questions about the history of the area and the family business. If you are interested in horse breeding or racing, this tour is for you. If you are interested in the workings of a plantation, this tour is for you. Wine tasting at the end of the tour was an added bonus. Grounds were well maintained. Go on a sunny day!

Visited September 2012
Thank Jill V
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“A Different Type of Plantation”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

To me the word plantation conjures up the vision of a huge, cotton growing estate. Belle Meade is different. Because its renown for horse breeding, there is a different feel here. The mansion itself is a family home full of the furnishings and belongings of its former owners. It has a very personal atmosphere. There are several outbuildings on the grounds, including a carriage house and a winery. All in all, Belle Meade was an interesting visit.

Visited October 2012
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Dallas, TX
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“If you like post cival war history you'll love this”
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Very well preserved and interesting. Escorted tour is entertaining though crowed at the time (too many allowed in a group.) Excellent collection of historical artifacts and architechure.

Visited October 2012
Thank Patrick F
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Isabela Puerto Rico
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“Lovely and enjoyable!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Although it is a big tourist destination, and I tend to shy away from these sorts of places (I like off the beaten path best), this is a must see. The objects are not behind plexiglass, which adds an element of realism (though you are not allowed to take photos inside). The tours are given by guides in period dress, pretty cool. There is also a free winery tasting, Nice! Make it a priority to see!

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting, but not riveting”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

The tour and the docents who present it are what makes this place worth the time. By itself it is just another Victorian home. When you hear the history and the tales, it comes alive. Worth a visit, but not if you skip something else to see it.

Visited October 2012
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