Belmont Mansion

1700 Acklen Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212 Directions
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Report | 9 months ago
If you love history this is the place to go. Beautiful and has a great story.
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Report | a year ago
Tour guide was very good. Took into consideration that my mother could not hear well and adjusted accordingly.
Report | a year ago
Nice history lesson. Beautiful mansion to see that is right on Belmont University campus. Beautiful grounds. A nice 1.5 hrs well spent.
Report | a year ago
Wonderful guided tour with lots of history and information. Can't wait to go back and take other family!
Report | a year ago
The tour was very interesting with a lot of facts about the owners and what was going on at the time in the area. The guides were very courteous and knowledgeable.
Report | a year ago
Had a really nice time and the staff were very friendly and knowlegable. We learned a lot.
Report | a year ago
Beautiful property situated within the campus of Belmont University. Tour guides provided a wonderful array of family and historic stories from the period. Very informative and entertaining. The site is undergoing continuous renovations to restore the property to its original and authentic grandeur including a high percentage of original art and furnishings that have and continue to be painstakingly tracked through old auction records and family. Highly recommend this location to anyone interested in historic architecture, socialites, Civil War, history, etc.
Report | 2 years ago
Great tour guides!
Report | 2 years ago
Another piece of history that graces the area in Middle Tennessee. Thoroughly enjoyed the small group tour.
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Walking through Belmont Mansion's Victorian-era plantation is like exploring an alternate history. The stories presented by the 2,000 artifacts that fill the 18 rooms are all true, but in place of the 19th-century South's traditionally male-dominated household, tour takers witness evidence of a plantation controlled, enlivened, and energized by a woman. After inheriting a fortune from her first husband, Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham oversaw the construction of the mansion with her second husband, basing the style off an Italian villa and completing the project's first phase in 1853. Over the years it would change appearances as dramatically as a caterpillar on Halloween—sometimes by her hand and sometimes not. She commissioned a Prussian-born architect to expand and embellish the house six years after completion, and fled as the Civil War's Battle of Nashville destroyed most of the plantation's outbuildings, including the greenhouse, bear house, and zoo. After Adelicia sold her home in 1887, it transformed into a girl's school, then a girl's academy and junior college, and, in 1952, became part of the Belmont University campus.

Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee, inviting visitors to wander past cast-iron neoclassical statues in the gardens, to cross the fountain courtyard, and to study the original water tower and few remaining gazebos. Stoic marble busts, decorative boxes, and a four-post bed fill the interior's 10,000 square feet, alongside more than 120 works of art. During a themed art tour, which is not included with this Groupon, expert docent Mancil Ezell introduces visitors to these masterpieces, including two 400-year-old Flemish paintings. And for those bright-eyed visitors captivated by the surroundings, the staff also coordinates weddings, building on a tradition established when Adelicia married her third husband on the grounds in 1867.

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