When the wealthy homeowner finally realizes that you’re not a houseplant but instead a cunning squatter in disguise, you’ll need to seek solace in the hallways of another opulent abode. Today’s Groupon gets you another year’s worth of mansion-rambling: for $49, you get a one-year patron-level membership (a $50 value) and a director-led tour for five people ($15 per person) at Belmont Mansion (a $125 combined value).
Belmont Mansion was the lavish antebellum home of Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham, who oversaw the home’s completion in 1853, before her second husband’s death. Currently, it claims to be the largest house museum in Tennessee, and stands as one of the few 19th-century homes with a history revolving around the life of a woman. A patron-level membership gets you and your fellow domicile-dwellers free admission to guided tours of the opulent mansion, boasting 36 rooms across more than 10,000 square feet. You'll also receive a 10% discount at the mansion’s gift shop (except for sale items), a subscription to the mansion’s newsletter, and exclusive invitations to special social and educational events throughout the year. Additionally, your membership includes two guest passes.
This deal also includes a private tour of the mansion for up to five people. Let a museum director guide you through the mansion's history-ridden architecture as you ponder what life was like before people ate Internet for dinner. Visit Belmont Mansion for a glance at grandiose interiors, decadent fixtures, and historical happenings.
Belmont Mansion gets a four-owl-eye average from TripAdvisors:
- The stories of the woman, Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham, who built this house were amazing. – cruzinqueen728
- Her mansion is a beautiful example of the Italian style. I loved it and the guided tour was an interesting feast for the eyes. – angelynsue
- When the tour was done I didn't want to leave. – CallyEP
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.