Our last morning in Nashville we ventured away from downtown to visit Belle Meade Plantation. As you know from this post on FDR’s home in Hyde Park, I love visiting historic homes. This one in particular has a lot to offer!
After arriving at the plantation, the first stop was … brunch! There is a restaurant onsite, the Harding House, above the gift shop. You can park out front and leave your car there for the duration of your stay.
The restaurant itself has a traditional appearance and serves up classic southern fare. They try to focus on local food, and they pickle, puree and bake many of the items in-house in the traditional methods. Dining there was a great (and delicious!) way to get us in the old time-y mood for our tour.
Before you eat, though, grab tickets for your tour! They are sold onsite in the gift shop, and tours may sell out so its advisable to get your tickets when you first arrive.
You can walk over to Belle Meade Mansion at your leisure, stopping by some of the outbuildings and stables along the way before your tour begins. You’ll meet a tour guide out front and be guided through the home in a small group.
If you love all things equestrian, then you’ll especially love this tour. The history of Belle Meade is tied closely to thoroughbred racing throughout the 1800’s. Many equine artifacts are still present in the historic home, which was modernized in the late 19th century to incorporate running water and a telephone line. It was visited often in those decades as a testament to the traditional Southern plantations that has carried on long after the Civil War.
After your tour, the fun isn’t over! Your ticket includes a wine tasting at The Winery at Belle Meade plantation. Homemade wine was part of the plantation’s history when hosting guests, and that tradition was reinstated in 2009 with the opening of the winery.
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