Nashville may be known for its thriving arts community and bustling honky-tonks, but did you know that Music City is also known for its storied architectural treasures? If you’re a history buff, there’s no better place to explore! Satisfy your desire for Southern sightseeing by visiting the Nashville Belmont Mansion next time you’re in town. Then, be sure to consult our complimentary Travel Guide to Music City for historic site, restaurant, and shopping recommendations!
What You Need to Know About the Nashville Belmont Mansion
One of Nashville’s Most Interesting Historic Sites
The Belmont Mansion may have been built in 1853, but it’s still an influential piece of Southern history. At first glance, this house museum is an incredible place to view period furniture, artwork, and architecture. Dig a little deeper (or simply listen to your tour guide) and you’ll find that this place has an interesting story featuring plantation roots, ethical dilemmas, and, unexpectedly, female empowerment. Keep reading to learn more!
Who Was Adelicia Acklen?
The history of the Nashville Belmont Mansion begins with Adelicia Acklen. Born in 1817 to a wealthy Nashville family, Adelicia first married a wealthy businessman and plantation owner, Isaac Franklin. After his death seven years later, his estate was left to Adelicia. Adelicia inherited 8,700 acres of cotton plantations in Louisiana, 2,000 acres of farmland in Tennessee, and over 50,000 acres of undeveloped land in Texas. She was worth about $1 million as an independently wealthy woman. In the 1800s, this was an extremely rare circumstance!
About the Mansion
Adelicia used some of her fortune to build what is now the Belmont Mansion. She built this structure in the style of an Italian villa. The grounds featured elaborate gardens, a water tower, greenhouse, conservatory, bowling alley, zoo, and more. After growing her already massive wealth by becoming a savvy businesswoman, Adelicia died of pneumonia. The Belmont Mansion sold and, in 1971, joined the National Register of Historic Places.
How to Make the Most of Your Trip to the Belmont Mansion
Touring this historic site is like stepping back in time. Choose the standard tour and enjoy the beautiful antebellum estate for an hour. This guided walk around the property costs $12 per person. Or, select a group tour for $10 per person. There are also specialty tour options, such as the Curator’s, Art, and Gardens tours. You can even get married or celebrate a holiday at this beautiful spot!
After a fun day of immersive history at the Nashville Belmont Mansion, don’t return to a bland and impersonal hotel room. Instead, see the city (and its storied past) through the eyes of a local at a Playlist Properties vacation rental! We offer a variety of houses and lofts that can sleep anywhere from two to 20 people. Best of all? All of our rentals boast premium amenities and luxurious details that Adelicia Acklen herself would have adored! Whether you’re traveling on a romantic getaway or with a large group of family or friends, there’s a Playlist Property that perfectly suits your needs.