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Belle Meade Plantation
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Belle Meade Plantation Mansion Tour
Ranked #7 of 260 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.
Reviewed April 23, 2006

The guides are incredibly knowledgeable about the plantation. There is a lot of info and a lot of rooms to go through. It is one of the few home tours I've been on where you actually go into a lot of the rooms. 50-60% of the items are original to the home and the family. Definitely have lunch at Martha's on the plantation while you are there. It's a great place for a nice visit on a beautiful sunny day. Parking right on site, no problem.

10  Thank VaBelle35
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Reviewed February 9, 2006

Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly. It was disappointing not to be able to take pictures in the house, but there were plenty of grounds in which to take pictures. There are several out buildings with information for those interested in a self guided tour. There is plenty of parking and it was not too crowded even on the busy weekend of 'Fanfair' in Nashville. Dollar off coupons are available in the guides at the tourist information center.

12  Thank MarttaH
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Antlers, Ok
Reviewed July 16, 2005

Belle Meade is a wonderful place to visit. I highly recommend anyone traveling near Nashville to stop and take a tour. It's well worth going out of your way for. Just learning the history is intersting but the tour is great especially if your into old houses. The furniture is exquisite.

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Nashville, TN
Reviewed June 30, 2005

Belle Meade is a lovely old house with a fascinating history which should interest horse enthusiasts, civil war buffs and anyone who enjoyed Gone With the Wind. The stories of the Harding family are brought to life by the tour guides in antebellum costume. Our guide, Christie, was particularly interesting and funny. I was disappointed not to take pictures inside also, but was told it was the decision of the insurance company, not the Belle Meade staff. You can take plenty of pictures outside, and be sure to ask to have your picture made with your guide.

It's a wonderful place to visit, but isn't suitable for small children as the tour lasts about an hour, during which time they have to be quiet and aren't allowed to touch the furnishings or sit on the chairs. Leave the little bitty ones at home and go enjoy yourself.

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Reviewed June 3, 2005

The plantation tour was nice, the most interesting part being the history of the early thoroughbred horses and the slave horse trainer that brought Belle Meade its fame, and who’s descendents continue to dominate racing today. Apparently, just about any thoroughbred worth racing can trace lineage to Belle Meade (including ALL the horses in the KY Derby the last 2yrs), I’m not a horse person, but the list of Derby winners with Belle Meade roots was impressive. The architecture and exterior of the main house was very impressive and consists of massive limestone blocks, the interior decorations and furniture was not as impressive as other plantations we saw – mostly due to being sold off as the plantation changed hands in poor times. We ranked Belle Meade behind A.Jackson’s Hermitage (Nashville), but ahead of William Clay’s Ashland (Louisville). Skip nearby Cheekwood Botanical gardens, it wasn’t worth the price, instead just drive through Belle Meade. The surrounding residential area is very affluent, some truly stunning mansions and exquisite homes in Belle Meade.

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