Founded in 1807 by John Harding, Belle Meade began with just a single log cabin and 250 acres. The estate quickly grew to become a 5,400 acre thoroughbred horse farm complete with a Greek Revival Mansion, deer park, train station and rock quarry which supported five generations of owners, their servants and enslaved workers.

History, Horses, Hospitality - Since 1807
Time Made Still - History Made Real

Today, Belle Meade Plantation retains 34 acres of its original property and several outbuildings including the Mansion and original homestead. Today’s site functions as an educational resource dedicated to the preservation of Tennessee’s Victorian architecture, history and equestrian history.

Your visit to Belle Meade Plantation includes a tour led by a trained and costumed guide through the plantation’s beautiful Greek-Revival mansion commissioned by John Harding in 1845. Your ticket also includes access to Belle Meade’s many other historic buildings on the plantation grounds including a dairy, horse stable, carriage house, mausoleum, gardens, and a log cabin. After you’ve completed your tour of the house and grounds, a free wine tasting at Belle Meade Winery awaits. Don’t forget to visit the gift-shop for unique gifts and Harding House, the plantation's on-site restaurant.

Visitor Hours:
Open Daily: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mansion tours start every 30 to 45 minutes. The last tour is offered at 4 p.m.
Mansion tours last approximately 45 minutes.
Guests are advised to allow themselves at least two hours to enjoy the Belle Meade Plantation experience.
Belle Meade Plantation is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Contact Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation
110 Leake Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37205 (click to view a map)

From the Natchez Trace - exit at the northern terminus (milepost 442). Turn right onto McCrory Lane and travel 100 yards to TN Hwy 100. Turn left and travel east 7 miles.

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