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Southern Food Traditions | From $40 | 60 minutes | Exclusively on Saturdays
Take an outdoors walking tour to discover the roots of many iconic Southern culinary traditions. Historically, Belle Meade had a rich history of entertaining large crowds of guests from across the country. Supported by a two-story Smoke House, a stream-powered Dairy, and expansive fruit trees and gardens, Belle Meade’s culinary traditions were firmly planted in the cultural diversities of the South. This is the tour where culture and agriculture meet! Food samples included.
Please note: Please arrive 30 minutes before scheduled tour time.
Not designed to be a substitute for a meal.
This tour will enter the historic kitchen of the Mansion.
Tickets are only valid for the date and time purchased.
This tour only operates on Saturdays.
The grounds are wheelchair accessible and the first floor of the Mansion is also wheelchair accessible with a ramp to the side porch. Please bring your own wheelchair, walker, cane, or scooter to ensure your comfort. There is an elevator that provides service between the lower and upper levels of the Visitor Center.
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U.S. News Insider Tip: The historic home tour is worth the trip, and be sure to allow time to visit the winery for a tasting. – Rachael Hood, Senior Editor
Belle Meade, which sits 8 miles southwest of downtown Nashville, offers a look into the lives of Tennesseans throughout the 1800s. The Greek revival-style mansion was built in 1853 and 1854 and is centrally located on the historic site's 32 acres of manicured grounds. Guides offer tours of the mansion's interior.
There are guided tours around other areas of the site as well. A visitor favorite is the hourlong "Journey to Jubilee" tour, which details the lives of the enslaved workers who lived at Belle Meade. Guides provide information from primary sources about enslaved people's relationships with the plantation owners and their journeys to emancipation. Because of the mature content, this tour is restricted to participants older than 12, but the site also offers a "Stories of Slavery and Freedom," tour and other programs specifically tailored for families with younger children.
Visitors can also opt for self-guided tours of the grounds, which were once home to the country's first and best thoroughbred breeding farms. Guided Segway tours are yet another way to explore.
Belle Meade's on-site, nonprofit winery is another hit with visitors. In addition to muscadine and blackberry wines, the winery produces red, white and sparkling wines. All adult visitors on any daily tour can sample wines free of charge. Alternatively, visitors can select food and wine pairings, schedule private tastings or enjoy bourbon tastings.
Travelers highly recommend a tour at Belle Meade, citing the knowledgeable and friendly tour guides as a highlight of their visit. Many also praise the tours that include a wine tasting and lunch.
Belle Meade is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission to both the mansion and the grounds costs $28 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 17. These tickets also include a complimentary wine tasting for patrons 21 and older. Other tours differ in price. For more information, check out the Belle Meade Plantation website .
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I've been to every plantation in the Nashville area and this one is my favorite. Not that the others aren't worth seeing but this one seems to have a much larger mansion. The price was reasonable compared to the entrance fee at the other historic properties in the area. The guided tour was quite interesting and was done by a very knowlegable and attractive young lady in period clothing. Every horse that has ever raced in the Kentucky Derby has been a descendant of the famous race horses bred here. Highly reccomended.
A 20 min cab or bus ride from downtown Nashville, this 'plantation' gives you a glimpse into the lives of a few of the generations that resided here. A lovely house and grounds (beautiful magnolia trees) is a wonderful escape from the neon lights of downtown. The story of the family is interesting especially if you are into horses and/or horse racing. The Winery offers samples (wine is a bit sweet) and the two gift shops are perfect for getting non-music-related souvenirs. They also have a great restaurant there.
When you visit Nashville in the summer, you look for things to do inside. Fortunately, many of the sites in Nashville, are now air-conditioned. Belle Meade is a prime example of a lovely plantation home, once owned by thorobred breeders. It offers a little bit of everything of interest to the tourist....a lovely home with well versed tour guides, a modern gift shop and restaurant, an interesting display of old carriages in its stables, folk singing entertainment on the lawn, and a great little winery, that offers free tastings. If you visit Nashville, pay this place a visit. It's not too far from downtown. The grounds are lovely. And you can use a ticket from the Nashville Access Passes, sold at the State visitor center. You can save a few dollars and see four others sites.
Having lived in the Nashville area for a couple years, Belle Meade Plantation has always been on our “to do” list as it is a landmark destination in this area. We finally found the time to go recently. The $16 fee is a little steep and probably overpriced for what you get (guided tour of the mansion). However, it is the only source of stable revenue for this site as they do not get state or national funds. Our tour was led by a very energetic (almost over the top) lady. While she was a little much at times, she did seem to know the details of the plantation very well. We happened to be there on the day of the Kentucky Derby so it was really interesting to learn the Plantation’s role in this race (something like all horses from the last 150 years of the Derby can be traced to the Plantation). The tour itself was about 45 minutes. Smaller groups would be nice. Only about 20% of the furnishings are original as the families of previous plantation owners maintain possession. After the tour, you get a free wine tasting. They are fairly new to the wine game. Most of the wines are sweet so appeal to non-wine drinkers. There are other sites around the grounds including a mausoleum, smoke house and slave quarters. If you are hungry, you can get a decent meal at Belle above the gift shop. If you want a taste of the antebellum history of the region and don’t mind the entrance fee, then you will probably enjoy the Belle Meade Plantation.
The Belle Meade Plantation was a nice change for us. I loved the tour, all the items in the home were almost all the originals. The story behind the plantation was very interesting and in the end we were able to sample wine that is now made at the plantation. The wine was awesome!! Recommend this tour to anyone visiting that may want to get away from the City!
Belle Meade is an over-hyped historical attraction on the southwestern edge of Nashville. The visitor center is nothing more than a gift shop--no orientation exhibits; no film. The grounds are slightly unkempt and the outbuildings are nothing special. The mansion itself is a nice, mid-sized home, very well furnished with interesting pieces. You must tour with a guide. Our tour had at least 35 people on it and was so crowded that the entire group could not fit into any of the rooms simultaneously. Our guide was poorly informed, if pleasant and could not answer any of the rather basic questions posed to her by the group. I suppose if we had paid, say $6 per ticket, we would have felt that visiting Belle Meade was a painless "once is enough" experience but at $16 a head, this is a monumental rip-off. There is so much to see in Nashville--don't waste your time and money here.
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Visit The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee to walk through Andrew Jackson’s life and home, explore a beautiful, historic Tennessee farm and experience an important piece of Nashville and our nation.
Rated the third best Presidential Site in the nation by USA TODAY , this is a must-see for any visitor to Music City! Experience our award-winning exhibit, Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm .
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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is OPEN from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 5 p.m.
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Please note: We encourage you to arrive a minimum of 30 minutes in advance of your Mansion Tour time to allow time to park and make your way to the mansion. The time on your ticket indicates when you need to be in line for your Mansion Tour. There will be a short wait before your tour.
The rest of the site, including the film, audio tour, self-guided tour of the museum, garden and grounds and wagon ride (separate ticket required) can take place at any time during your visit.
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- The Grounds Pass allows visitors access to our 1,120 acres full of history and tranquil beauty—perfect for learning while enjoying the beautiful landscape of Middle Tennessee.
- The grounds include a historic garden, field quarters, historical markers, wildlife, hiking trail, historic buildings and more.
- A self-guided audio tour of the museum and grounds is included.
- A discounted wine tasting at our onsite tasting room, Natchez Hills Winery at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage for guests ages 21+.
- The Hermitage Mansion is not included as part of the Grounds Pass.
- The Hermitage Enslaved: A Wagon Tour can be purchased separately.
- Dogs are welcome with a grounds pass and are free to walk, run and play while leashed on our site. Please bring bags to dispose of pet waste.
- Youth (Ages 5 - 12) $13
- Children (4 & Under) Free with Ticketed Adult
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- An interpreter-led tour of the mansion. Tours currently run continuously throughout the day.
- A self-guided tour of farmland that used to be The Hermitage.
- Seniors (Age 62+) $24
- Youth (Ages 5-12) $17
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- Family Pass (2 adults and 2 children/youth) $80
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In Their Footsteps: Life of the Hermitage Enslaved Tours
An experienced guide will lead you on a walking through The Hermitage Grounds and witness the places enslaved men, women and children were born, lived, worked and died as you walk “In Their Footsteps.” Tickets are $55 and include a discounted wine tasting at our onsite tasting room, Natchez Hills Winery at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage.
The Hermitage Enslaved: A Wagon Tour
Tour The Hermitage by horse-drawn wagon for a glimpse into what life was like for the enslaved men, women and children who lived and were forced to work on Jackson’s 1,100+ acre cotton plantation. This narrated tour takes visitors on a journey past archeological sites and discusses their significance in the daily lives of the enslaved community. To secure a seat on the wagon, be sure to purchase your ticket at the ticket office upon your arrival. Tickets sell out quickly. Tour tickets are $15 per person in addition to regular admission. Children aged 5 and under ride for free.
Digging In: Arboretum Tour
Get a first-hand look at The Hermitage arboretum. The Digging In: Arboretum Tour is an hour-long walking tour of the arboretum with a member of our garden team. Tickets are $30 and include a Grounds Pass, granting Arboretum Tour guests access to the Born for a Storm exhibit, the Jackson film, historic garden, historic buildings (excluding the interior of the Hermitage mansion) and more.
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History buffs with an interest in the southern part of the United States will enjoy these plantation tours. They offer insight into the history of slave labor, plantation living and how the south evolved into what it is today.
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Located in Louisiana, Oak Alley Plantation was first a sugar cane plantation started by Valcour Aime, who purchased the property in 1830. He established an enslaved community who worked the plantation. Then in 1836, Jacques Roman acquired the Oak Alley property and began to build his own home on the plantation. Accomplished entirely by slave labor, his home was built in Greek Revival style using bricks made on site and marble shipped in by steamboat to construct the dining-room floor. The self-guided exhibit at Oak Alley focuses on the lives and living conditions of those who were owned and kept on the plantation. Visitors learn about life after emancipation and can stop by the Blacksmith Shop, which acts as a tribute to Louisiana craftsmen and the history of forging metalwork.
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Belle Meade Plantation
What started as a single log cabin is now a plantation located outside of Nashville, Tennessee that serves as an educational resource. Founded by John Harding in 1807, “Belle Meade” translates to mean beautiful meadow in old English and French . It began as a 250-acre property that eventually became a 5,400 thoroughbred horse farm. It had a Greek Revival Mansion, a train station and a rock quarry that supported five generations of owners and their enslaved workers. Today the site retains 34 acres of the original property, including the mansion and original homestead. It is dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee’s Victorian architecture and equestrian history.
Visitors to Belle Meade Plantation enjoy a tour of the property led by trained and costumed guides, who share the history of the mansion, as well as many other historic buildings like a horse stable, carriage house and log cabin. Free wine tasting is offered at the site’s winery after tours, and there is a gift shop and restaurant for visitors as well.
The south’s largest antebellum mansion is Nottoway Plantation. Located in Louisiana northwest of New Orleans and southwest of Baton Rouge, Nottoway is a Greek and Italianate style mansion full of extravagant features and details. It was completed in 1859 and the construction was commissioned by prestigious sugar planter John Hampton Randolph. The mansion became home to John, his wife Emily Jane, and their 11 children. As a wealthy businessman, John wanted no expense spared when it came to the home’s design. The 53,000 square foot mansion has 64 rooms with features like 22 massive exterior columns, 12 hand carved Italian marble fireplaces, 15 1/2 foot ceilings and a lavish pure white oval ballroom. Modern bathrooms with running water and a gas plant that provided gas lighting throughout the home were also installed per John’s vision.
John’s wish was for the mansion to be a place where he could entertain visitors in extravagant and elegant style. He wanted a home that would be admired by all, seen by river boaters on the Mississippi River or riders on a horse drawn carriage traveling on Great River Road. When you visit Nottoway Plantation today, costumed plantation tour guides take you through the mansion, sharing details of the property’s construction and history. Over the years, Nottoway Plantation went through several different owners and years of decline, but managed to survive the Civil War. This is a testament to the loving care that the mansion has received by those who are determined to keep its history alive.
Pebble Hill Plantation
The original owner of Pebble Hill Plantation in Georgia was Melville Hanna, who acquired the property in 1896. In 1901, he gave the property to his daughter, Kate. She immediately began construction on Pebble Hill, hiring architect Abram Garfield, and was actively involved in the design process. The first building was a log cabin that served as both a school and a playroom for her children. Several of the buildings were neo-classical brick structures that include the Plantation Store, the Pump House, the Waldorf and the Stables Complex.
Kate was a humanitarian who provided many benefits to the employees who worked on the plantation. Over 40 families of employees lived in furnished cottages, the Visiting Nurse Association provided medical services for employees and their families, and two schools were built and maintained for employees’ children in grades 1-7.
After Kate’s death in 1936, her daughter Elisabeth “Pansy” inherited the plantation. She wanted it to become a museum, and in 1956 formed the Pebble Hill Foundation to make the property open to the public. After her death in 1978, the plantation became property of the Pebble Hill Foundation, which maintains and manages the estate today.
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Located about 10 miles east of downtown Nashville, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage offers self-guided audio tours and interpreter led tours of the former president’s estate. General admission plantation tours cover over 1,000 acres of farmland that used to be The Hermitage Plantation. The Hermitage was a self-sustaining property that relied on slave labor to produce cotton. President Andrew Jackson and his wife Rachel lived there for several years in the late 1700s. The Jackson family survived on profits made from the crops that the slaves worked every day. When he first bought The Hermitage in 1804, he owned nine African American slaves. At the time of his death in 1845, he owned about 150 slaves who lived and worked on the property.
Although slaves could not legally marry, Jackson encouraged his to form family units. This was a way to discourage slaves from trying to escape, since it would be more difficult for an entire family to safely flee.
Take a plantation tour of the Hermitage to walk through the mansion, the exhibit gallery and the grounds, where both President Jackson and his wife are laid to rest. Costumed tour guides will share the detailed history of the Jackson family, the plantation and the buildings and original belongings that remain on the property.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Back in 1676, Thomas Drayton and his wife Ann established the Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River in South Carolina . The couple were the first in a line of Magnolia family ownership that has lasted for more than 300 years. During the Colonial era, the plantation saw immense growth due to the cultivation of rice. Once the American Revolution began, troops occupied the land and Drayton, along with his sons, became soldiers fighting the British. In 1825, Thomas Drayton’s great grandson willed the estate to his daughter’s sons, since he had no male heirs to leave the property to. One of the sons died of a gunshot wound, leaving the second brother a wealthy plantation owner at the age of 22. The American Civil War threatened the welfare of the Drayton family, the house and the gardens on the plantation. But the plantation recovered and saw additional growth of the gardens, which became the focus. The property was saved from ruin when it opened to the public in 1870. The plantation offers half-hour long guided tours taking visitors through the Drayton family home – the third in more than three centuries – and gives a glimpse of what plantation life was like in the 19th century onward. There are 10 rooms open to the public, furnished with antiques, quilts and Drayton family heirlooms. More than five years ago, Magnolia’s Cabin Project started as an effort to preserve five structures on the property that date back to 1850. The structures are former slave dwellings that are now the focal point for a 45-minute program in African American history .
The Destrehan Plantation in Louisiana was established in 1787. It is located 25 miles from downtown New Orleans. It was the home of successful sugar producers Marie Celeste Robin de Logny and her husband, Jean Noel Destrehan. By 1804, 59 enslaved workers inhabited the property, producing over 203,ooo pounds of sugar. The Destrehan Plantation was the site where one of the three trials following the 1811 Slave Revolt took place. It was led by Charles Deslondes, and was one of the largest slave revolts in U.S. history.
Visitors can tour the restored plantation, which is surrounded by lush greenery and looks over the Mississippi River. Stories of the Destrehan family and those who were enslaved are shared through guided tours, which also feature historic exhibits and the opportunity to participate in period demonstrations. Plantation tours also include access to the Jefferson Room, which displays an authentic document signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
San Francisco Plantation House
Considered the most opulent plantation house in North America, the San Francisco Plantation House is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, about 40 minutes outside of New Orleans. In the early 1800s, Elisee Rillieux sold the land that later became the San Francisco Plantation House to Edmond Bozonier Marmillion and Eugene Lartigue, profiting $50,000. Edmond was in debt, despite being a successful crops planter. His financial problems stayed with him for the 26 years he owned the property. He continued to acquire slaves and purchase land, but didn’t make investments in sugar machinery.
The plantation was prosperous for a while in the mid-1800s, but in 1853, Edmond hired expert builders and skilled slaves to convert the plantation into a prestigious residence for his sons. Valsin and Charles were the only two of Edmond’s and his wife Antoinette’s eight children who didn’t die from tuberculosis, the same disease that killed Antoinette in 1834. The main construction on the house was completed two years later and Edmond then hired artists to create hand painted ceilings, painted door panels, faux marbling and faux wood graining throughout the home.
When Edmond passed away in 1856, his son Valsin took over the plantation. In 1859, he tried to sell the estate, but wasn’t able to due to a legal conflict involving his sister-in-law, Zoe Luminais. When the conflict was resolved in 1861, war and reconstruction prevented the possibility of sale for 15 years. Valsin died in 1871, and in 1879, Achille D. Bougere purchased the property for $50,000.
Guided plantation tours are conducted by professional costumed guides who take visitors through the colorful plantation, exploring a slave cabin, a one room school house, and the property, which was restored in both 1970 and 2014. Blacksmithing and demonstrations also take place on the property, where you’ll find a gift store as well.
James Madison’s Montpelier
Ambrose Madison, a planter and slaveholder in Virginia, along with his wife Frances and their three children, arrived in 1732 to a plantation they called Mount Pleasant. One of Ambrose’s grandchildren, James, spent his early childhood at Mount Pleasant while construction began on a brick Georgian house that would later become the center of James Madison’s Montpelier .
It was on this very land that James Madison contemplated ideas and shaped the United States as the country’s fourth president. With 2,650 acres of horse pastures, rolling hills and scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, James Madison’s Montpelier offers insight into the Madison family history, and provides a deeper look into James Madison’s presidency . Just behind Mount Pleasant is the Madison Family Cemetery, where both James and Dolley Madison are buried.
Exhibits on the property include the 1910 Train Depot, which explores the African American struggle for civil rights . It opened in 2010 and is a permanent exhibit on the plantation. There’s also The Mere Distinction of Colour, which allows visitors to hear the stories of those who were enslaved at Montpelier, as told by their descendants. It recounts the events that took place at the Madison’s home, as well as the South Yard of the property, where the slaves lived and worked. The exhibition also explores how the legacy of slavery impacts race relations and human rights in modern America.
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10 Tennessee Plantations You Should Visit
Nothing stirs more emotion than visiting the peaceful plantations in Tennessee . In addition to the attractive and elegant mansions, you get to visit places where confederate women cooked meals for Union leaders, generals planned Civil War strategies, and where the mortally wounded soldiers took their final breaths. In each of these plantations, you will get to learn different stories and expand your knowledge of the historic properties in that era. With favorites like the Belle Meade Plantation and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, we will take a closer look at the 10 Tennessee Plantations that you should explore .
10. Cherry Mansion (located in Savannah, Tennessee)
The Cherry Mansion, situated in Savannah, Tennessee, was originally constructed by David Robinson and later given as a wedding gift to her newly married daughter, W.H. Cherry, in 1830. During the Civil War era, the Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, used the plantation as his headquarters in the Battle of Shiloh. By visiting the Cherry mansion, you learn more about the Civil War heritage and relive the historic moments and experiences in the Civil War historic sites.
9. The Belmont Mansion (located in Nashville, Tennessee )
The Belmont Mansion is a 19th-century plantation owned by Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. She was born in 1817 to a wealthy family, married, and has several children. Later on, her husband passed away, and she inherited the Belmont mansion. As of 1846, she had a net worth of approximately $1 million. In 1853, she married again and built the Belmont mansion together with 16 rooms. There are guided private tours to the Belmont Mansion, and the mansion is open daily except for major holidays.
8. Davies Manor Plantation (located in Bartlett, Tennessee)
The Davies Manor Plantation is located in Bartlett, Tennessee. Although it is still unknown who originally built this mansion, Joel W. Royster redesigned the log cabin when he bought it between 1831 and 1837. Later in the 1860s, Royster added a dining room, a breezeway, and a two-story bedroom area. A self-guided tour is usually available on the plantation; thus, you can view the slave cabins and commissary.
7. Carter House (locate in Franklin, Tennessee)
The Carter House is a start-of-the-art brick mansion whose overall stature significantly represents the Civil War's landmark battles. This is mainly because, in 1864, Carter House was the Union army field headquarters and was commandeered by General Jacob Cox for the Battle of Franklin. This battle is remembered to date as it took thousands of lives of Confederate soldiers. During this war, the Carter family and their neighbors took shelter in the mansion's basement.
6. Sam Davis Home and Plantation (located in Smyrna, Tennessee)
This Southern plantation mansion located in Smyrna was initially built in the 1850s and settled on a 160-acre farm that grows cotton to date. It was the home of the Confederate boy soldier, Sam Davis, who worked behind enemy lines by disrupting communication between Union troops and retrieving vital Union information. Davis was later captured and sentenced to death after refusing to betray the Confederate spy who passed him information on the Union troops' movements. The Sam Davis Home and Plantation is an appealing white-period mansion with decent glimpses of authentic craftsmanship from the doors, floors, and woodwork. Additionally, this 19-th century plantation serves as a monument to the African-American slavery era.
5. Historic Travelers Rest Historic House (located in Nashville, Tennessee)
The Travelers Rest Plantation is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and was originally constructed in 1799 by Judge John Overton. Overton decided to name this 2,500-acres of land "Travelers Rest" as he had great affection for his home after making long, tedious horseback rides while serving as a judge. Visitors to the plantation can now explore the mansion and the house by themselves or on a guided tour. The Travelers Rest plantation is the ideal place to visit to learn over 50 individual stories of the enslaved African Americans who worked on the plantation.
4. Ramsey House Plantation (located in Knoxville, Tennessee)
The Ramsey House Plantation is a 101.5-acre mansion situated in Knoxville , Tennessee. It was originally built by Thomas Hope for Francis Alexander Ramsey, a member of one of the first few families in Knoxville back in 1797. This mansion displays excellent woodwork craftsmanship on almost everything found in the home. There is also a preserved pianoforte.
3. Bowen-Campbell House (located in Nashville, Tennessee)
The Bowen-Campbell House was initially constructed in 1788 by the American Revolutionary War Veteran, Captain William Bowen. The mansion's original grounds were highly utilized in the Civil War era, which is now transformed to the Moss-Wright Park. Moreover, the Bowen-Campbell house is known as the oldest brick mansion in the middle Tennessee region that features a fort to protect the frontier settlers from Native American attacks. The plantation is usually open for daily tours.
2. Belle Meade Plantation (located in Nashville, Tennessee)
The Belle Meade Plantation is a lovely country mansion that is located just outside of downtown Nashville. It was John Harding's home back in 1820 but was later redesigned by Williams Giles Harding to feature limestone pillars, a cherry wood, cantilevered staircase, and a ruby glass transom placed above the front door. The plantation is also home to Nashville's first Winery –The Belle Meade Winery, which was established in 2009 and offers a wide array of amazing experiences like wine and food tasting. Although it is free to walk around the eye-catching plantation grounds, you will be required to pay an additional charge if you want to learn more about the African American slave experience.
1. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage (located in Nashville, Tennessee)
One of Nashville's best-known plantations is The Hermitage, which was also the home of the seventh President Andrew Jackson. Before Jackson owned the mansion, it belonged to Nathaniel Hays in 1780, who later sold it to the future president—Andrew Jackson. Jackson and his family transformed this mansion into a 1,000-acre plantation and built a Federal-style home between 1819 and 1821. Thanks to Jackson's wealth earned during his time in government, he built a museum, farm office, copper gutters, library, and a two-floor entrance portico with Doric columns on-site. Tours of the property are self-guided, but an extra fee is charged for tours at the mansion. The Hermitage also features a gift shop for visitors. The mansion is usually open daily, except for major holidays.
With so many amazing Tennessee plantations to choose from, it can prove to be difficult when deciding on which plantation to visit. Luckily, this guide will help you make a uniform decision on what plantation to visit.
You can also read:
- The 10 Best Rural Places to Live in Tennessee
- The 20 Weirdest Laws to Come from Tennessee
- The 20 Best Places to Live in Tennessee
- 20 Plantations You Should Visit in the United States
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Nashville holiday calendar: How to celebrate the season
Get your holidays off to a good start with everything from concerts to events and parades. While this is not an exhaustive list of all holiday-related events in Nashville, this will give you a start. Enjoy.
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Annual events run through Jan. 1 throughout Gaylord Opryland. Events include ICE: featuring The Polar Express, ice tubing, Home for the Holidays dinner show and decorations throughout. christmasatgaylordopryland.marriott.com
OPRY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SHOW
Artists and special guests perform holiday favorites at 7 p.m. on various dates Nov. 26-Dec. 18 at the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets start at $50. opry.com
GENERAL JACKSON CHRISTMAS CRUISES
Take to the Cumberland River for a lunch or dinner cruise paired with a Broadway-style production including holiday classics. Through Dec. 25. Tickets start at $70. generaljackson.com
CHRISTMAS AT THE CAPITOL
Tennessee's tree-lighting ceremony will be 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 .
CHEEKWOOD HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Christmas light displays will be open 5-10 p.m. through Jan. 7 at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. Tickets at cheekwood.org.
' A CHRISTMAS CAROL '
Nashville Repertory Theater will perform Dickens' classic Christmas tale Dec. 1-17 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $57-$85. tpac.org
' HOME ALONE' IN CONCERT
John Williams' score to the classic holiday movie will be performed live to picture at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-3 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are $62-$101. nashvillesymphony.org
FRANKLIN CHRISTMAS PARADE
Parade will start at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 , in downtown Franklin.
DECK THE HULLS BOAT PARADE
HolidayFest event will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 , at Mallard Point Park and Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville.
Behold the Lamb of God will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4 at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets start at $58. ryman.com
TOMMEE PROFITT: THE BIRTH OF A KING LIVE
Show features 21 artists, a 60-piece orchestra, a 200-person choir and a full band. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 , at Grand Ole Opry. Tickets are $50-$145. opry.com
A Joyful Holiday will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 , at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are $33-$91. nashvillesymphony.org
THE HOLIDAYS WITH BOYZ II MEN AND THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY
Band performs with symphony at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are $58-$154. nashvillesymphony.org
The Ghosts of Christmas Eve tour will be in Nashville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 , at Bridgestone Arena. Tickets are $69-$246. ticketmaster.com
A VERY DAVE BARNES CHRISTMAS
Classics and favorites will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 , at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are $38-$86. nashvillesymphony.org
Nashville Ballet presents traditional Christmas ballet with a Nashville twist from Dec. 8-24 at Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $51-$115. tpac.org
SANTA AT THE RYMAN
Santa and his reindeer will visit 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets at ryman.com.
Singer will perform her Joy: The Holiday Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 , at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $45-$75. ryman.com
DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS
Annual festival will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 , on Main Street in Franklin.
RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER CHRISTMAS
Christmas show features classics and sing-a-longs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 , at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $35-$75. ryman.com
Belmont’s resident faculty chamber ensemble performs 7:30-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at McAfee Concert Hall Belmont University.
THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
Performance of Holidays and Hits will be 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 , at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $45-$75. ryman.com
Tuba and euphonium players gather to perform Christmas favorites at 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at First Baptist Church, Seventh Avenue South and Broadway. Event is free. tubachristmas.com
A HOLIDAY TO REMEMBER AT BELMONT MANSION
Hear David Alford’s rendition of two classic Truman Capote short stories, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory.” Select dates Dec. 14-22. Tickets are $45. belmontmansion.com
HANDEL’S MESSIAH WITH THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY CHORUS
Nashville Symphony and Chorus perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 15-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Tickets are $25-$109. nashvillesymphony.org
AMY GRANT AND VINCE GILL CHRISTMAS
The stars' annual Christmas show will run Dec. 13-23 at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $45-$145. ryman.com
FOR KING AND COUNTRY
Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone perform their Drummer Boy Christmas Tour Dec. 20-22 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Tickets are $39-$99. opry.com
A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS
Emmy winner Darren Criss will bring his holiday tour to the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Tickets start at $59. countrymusichalloffame.org
WILD & SWINGIN' HOLIDAY PARTY
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its live holiday show to the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday, Dec. 21. Tickets start at $49. countrymusichalloffame.org
NUTCRACKER! MAGICAL CHRISTMAS BALLET
International cast performs Christmas classic at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are $32-$92. ryman.com.
NASHVILLE'S BIG BASH
Ring in 2024 with music, fireworks and the traditional music note drop at midnight. Event is at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. visitmusiccity.com