Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery, located in Belle Meade, Tennessee, is a historic mansion that is now operated as an attraction, museum, winery, and onsite restaurant together with outbuildings on its 30 acres of property. In the late 19th century, the plantation encompassed roughly 5,400 acres with over a hundred slaves.
A Winery and Visitors' Center have been constructed on the property. Preserved original outbuildings, including the original Harding Cabin where Belle Meade began, a dairy, a gardener's house, a carriage and stable house built in 1892, one of the largest smokehouses in Tennessee, and a mausoleum may also be seen. Since the 1990s, the executive leadership of the site began an effort to reconcile the past and to tell the stories of African Americans who were brought to and born at Belle Meade and worked there before and after emancipation. By 2018, this emphasis resulted in developing two tours through which the story of Belle Meade is told. The Mansion Tour tells the century-long history of Belle Meade through the stories and experiences of the Harding and Jackson families, as well as the enslaved women, men, and children who were held in bondage here. The Journey to Jubilee Tour invites discussion and explores the stories of the enslaved African-Americans who were brought to, and born at Belle Meade from 1807 through the years following Emancipation.
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cindy janssen | Feb 25, 2018
Beautiful grams and Mansion. Our tour guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and was able to answer any questions asked. Wine tasting was fun as well. I even bought a bottle of their Blackberry wine. The grounds are beautiful. They have a spot to enjoy wine and cheese if the weather is nice. I will return in the summer.
George Kalemkeridis | Feb 18, 2018
Fantastic service in terms of presentation in tastings and description. Dudes behind the counter good a well practiced comedy routine going for crowd control/pleasing/serving. Small but solid foundation for snacks to eat - cheese and crackers. Plenty of space on practically all sides of the perimeter along with classic outdoor lawn games to play with friends and strangers. Solid time and place to add for a little Nashville trip
Perry Keenan | Dec 17, 2017
Tons of History here. This place is Simply Amazing! The tour staff is so very knowledgeable and everyone is super friendly. This place is excellent for tour groups, and very educational for bringing kids on field trips. The history here is amazing and the scenery is gorgeous. The home is spectacular and the grounds are always very neat and clean. There are picnic areas outside 2 have a snack or picnic lunch and also areas for you to do your own self guided tour
Jennifer Bradford | Feb 7, 2018
Loved this historic compound! A must visit in Nashville. You get a self guided tour of the grounds, event center, and Barn. Our tour guide for the house was informative and entertaining. The gift shop is packed full of items, and the shop at the end of the tour has a wine tasting. Great way to spend part of your day.
Halle Edwards | Jan 13, 2018
Wonderful attraction near Nashville! The tour of the mansion is about 45 minutes long and tells you a bit about the history of the family and their famous horse racing legacy. If you go at Christmas time, like I did, they also talk about the various Christmas traditions through the ages. Each room is decorated according to a different time period associated with the house. The grounds at Belle Meade are also good for exploring.
Kristin Benson | May 7, 2018
This place is beautiful and charming. The tour I got was interesting and the historical interpreter did a fantastic job. The wine tasting was incredible, and I can't believe how good all the wines were! I actually bought a bottle, it was that good. I loved the croquet and ice cream shop, and the landscaping is enchanting. I can't wait to bring people with me next time!
Shane Suttle | May 7, 2018
This was our second time back and the visit did not disappoint. This time we did the full ticket tour of the mansion and wine tasting. The tour of the mansion was really informative and shared fun details of the history of the grounds and people who lived there - and the time seemed to go pretty quickly (I.e. never got bored). The grounds are beautiful and a nice stroll to see the different sites. The wine was better than I remember and we ended up buying a bottle and had them open it and sat outside enjoying the space - a very nice way to end the visit.
Lyndsay Hall | Apr 12, 2018
If you love historical mansions - this is a must see before you leave the Nashville area! But - word to the wise, book your tour tickets ahead of time. They tend to sell out quickly. Also - wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for the heat if you visit in the summer! Most of the tour is on the grounds. Loved the wine tasting included in the tour at the end!!
Samantha Lund | Apr 14, 2018
Historically relevant & beautifully maintained -- this is a MUST SEE place for anyone interested in historic homes and/or equestrian pedigree. The grounds are impeccably maintained, and the home is decadently put together in the style/era that it was lived in. Can be expensive admission -- look for coupons around Nashville's travel sites or watch their website for specials. Multiple types of tours offered (grounds only, mansion & grounds, etc.) Tours vary based on the time of year that you visit, but you will be fascinated no matter when you are there. They also have a wine label and wine tastings after a mansion tour.
Jonathan Keill | Mar 15, 2018
Wonderful tour by the guides, in addition to the info in the tour they had answers to questions fielded by the guests. Enjoyed the history and care taken to present the mansion and it's history to the public. While you are not allowed pictures inside the mansion, the grounds are fair game and provide enough entertainment and size to occupy a good hour or more depending on your interest. I recommend anyone with a passing interest in history to spend a half day or so here, you won't regret it.
Shannon Knight | May 26, 2018
We did the guided tour of the mansion. We also paid for a child's backpack. The child's backpack was a fantastic idea. At each of the places on the estate it had a treasure box for the children with activities. This kept the kids engaged. It also had information on each place broken down into kid friendly language. While my husband and I did the wine tasting they were able to sit and color. Was well worth the money!
Nathan Burgess | Jun 5, 2018
I’ve been here a few times now and every visit has been great. Each time I come back the tour gets a little better and this time our tour guide was fantastic. In fact, my girlfriend gave him a pretty large tip because he was exactly what you want out of a tour guide: funny, extremely knowledgable, charismatic, and obviously loves his job. Belle Meade also produces some fantastic wines with my personal favorite being their blackberry dessert wine.
Robert Moreno | May 11, 2018
Excellent place to visit. Rich in history. So if you are a history nerd, this is a must see. But if your not, you'll still enjoy the beautiful scenery on the property. Mansion tour guide was very fun and knowledgable. I also liked the Smoke House and Cabin where the slaves lived in. Gift shop was awesome.
Greg McDonald | Jul 8, 2018
The property is beautiful, a great walk-around so arrive early for your mansion tour and walk the grounds first. The mansion tour was informative and interesting, but left a bit of disappointment. Our tour guide was very funny and the period dress was a nice touch. Unfortunately the kitchen and master bedroom, two of the most interesting areas I wanted to see, are not on the tour. The wine tasting was fun, with a delicious tasting flight. We ended up with two bottles to bring home. The new ice cream/fudge shop was fun and a nice break from the heat with fun games for the kids to play right outside.
Anthony Napodano | Jun 29, 2018
I had a great time learning about the history of the plantation on a guided tour of the mansion. It's incredible that most of the artifacts on display are original to the family that owned the plantation. The tour guide spoke pretty fast so it was difficult to process all of the facts she was throwing at our group. Nonetheless, I quite enjoyed taking it all in. The wine tasting at the end was great too. Buy the blackberry wine; you won't regret it.
Nicole Costanzo | Jun 28, 2018
The story and history of Belle Meade is what drew us in. However, once a we were blown away with how much detail went into the tour. The grounds are meticulously well kept. We hit the winery up after the tour and had some delicious tasting wines. We bought a bottle and enjoyed in their peaceful patio just outside. I look forward to going back with our kids to explore the two kids activities they have.
Cindy Smith | Jun 21, 2018
Great place to visit. The tour was very informative and our gentlemen guide was very knowledgeable and entertain. My family and I ate at the restaurant where the food was severed quickly and was delicious. Make sure you stop for the awesome ice cream. Highly recommend this as a stop on your visit to Nashville.
Hajro K | Jun 22, 2018
If you want to learn about a non cotton “plantation” this is the place for you. It based on a family that created wealth as being the last stop before the wilderness. You need to get the mention tour to appreciate rest of the estate. The tour guides really help you understand the entire estate and why it’s there.
Mark Williams | Aug 7, 2018
The Belle Meade Plantation is a great experience in history. They have done a good job recreating the manor and out buildings to what they were in the mid 1800's, and the tour was well worth the money to a history buff. I would not necessarily say this is a great day trip for young children, as there are not a ton of youth oriented activities on the average day. Still, the place is well kept and full of historical pieces and stories. The historian that walked our group around was extremely knowledgeable and friendly!
Luke Bachman | Jul 19, 2018
This had to be the best tour I have ever had! The tour guide was absolutely amazing and very knowledgeable!! The mansion was gorgeous and so was everything that was in it!! Not to mention, there is free wine tasting after the tour as well so that is really great too! The walk around after the tour is very cool as well because there is lots of information everywhere giving thorough explanations! There are horses in front of the mansion that are really amazing and you should definitely go check them out! :)
Kyle Anschuetz | Jul 29, 2018
if you read my reviews you’ll notice one thing, I review a lot of wineries. I came to Belle Meade Plantation as directed by a close friend to try the blackberry wine. I had no idea that this location has such a rich tour experience! The grounds are beautiful with many interesting buildings and of course an incredible mansion tour. You’ll have to come in person to view the interior of the mansion since photographs are not allowed inside the tour. The tour was fun and I had an exceptionally knowledgeable and dry witted tour guide. So back to the wine. There was a small collection included for sampling with the tour, the cheapest tasting comes with the 15$ self guided grounds tour but I do suggest spending 25$ to get the guided tour of the mansion. The wines were excellent. They spanned the dry to sweet gap nicely, and I bought the two sweet wines they had for sale. There are two flavors of slushees, and I of course bought the red one. I highly recommend this gem!
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