One would be hard-pressed to find a better town to visit for fans of historic plantation homes and museums. Nashville, already a favorite destination for history buffs eager to visit the many museums and battle sites, is also home to a myriad of restored mansions, manors, and antebellum plantation houses.
Travellers Rest Plantation and Museum
The original home of Memphis designer Judge John Overton (friend of President Andrew Jackson), this restored 1799 Federal style manor is the oldest Nashville mansion open to the public. Situated just a few miles from downtown Nashville, this plantation home operated as General John B. Hood’s Confederate headquarters before the Battle of Nashville in 1864. Exhibits include Tennessee-made furniture and other historic local relics. It also hosts several events every year and offers lovely gardens visitors can walk through.
Used as a backdrop in a few episodes of the hit TV show “Nashville”, this historic mansion was the home of President Andrew Jackson. In addition to 1,000 acres of beautiful lands, the home also features the tomb of Jackson’s beloved wife Rachel. Jackson visited the tomb every day to mourn and pay his respects, and his remains now rest in peace alongside Rachel’s. The mansion features multiple types of tours, from the basic entrance fee to an added interactive media package all the way up to a VIP guided tour that lasts 1.5 hours and allows visitors to take in the view from the president’s balcony.
Built in 1853 and modeled after an Italian villa, the Belmont Mansion is open seven days a week and is often booked for weddings and other formal events. Located just south of Nashville on one of the highest hills in the area, it was originally designed as a summer estate for Joseph and Adelicia Acklen. The enormous manor was situated to take advantage of cooling summer breezes across its several porches.
The second-oldest home in Davidson County, the Croft House is situated right in the middle of the Grassmere Zoo grounds. This grand old lady features tan brick, dark shutters, and white pillars and trim that draws attention to the old porch that spans the front of the home.
Belle Meade Plantation
No list of historic Nashville homes would be complete without a mention of Belle Meade Plantation. Commissioned in 1845 by John Harding, this Greek Revival mansion is not only a favorite site for weddings, but it’s also a museum that offers daily tours and boasts an on-site winery.
With these and many other historic homes of note in the Nashville area, it’s clear that Music City has a lot more than music to offers its many visitors each year.