About Belle Meade Plantation

Founded in 1807 by John Harding, “Belle Meade” translates to mean beautiful meadow in old English and French.  The property 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.

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.  Visitors can enjoy tours, educational outreach programs, shopping, dining, wine tastings, weddings and other happenings knowing that their patronage supports the educational mission of Belle Meade Plantation.

From November 1st to January 7th the house is decorated for a Century of Christmas. The tour will show you what the Christmases of the inhabitants of Belle Meade looked like from 1853 to 1953!

The Collections department at Belle Meade Plantation needs your help!

One of our most important missions is to track and reacquire original pieces to the mansion. It is an exhaustive process, which has been a constant treasure hunt since 1953, when the property became a museum.  One of the most common questions our visitors ask  is, “How did you get all this stuff back?”  Our visitors are always fascinated by the process and how many items we have been able to reacquire. However, one of the most important pieces to the house is about to be offered at a public auction and we need everyone’s support to bring it back home. Click Here for more information and please help bring back an original Herbert S. Kittredge painting of Bob Green and Bonnie Scotland to Belle Meade Plantation, its original home! Donate Here!

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Hours of Operation:

Belle Meade Plantation is open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  with Mansion tours starting every 30 -45 minutes.  The last tour is offered at 4:00 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.  Click Here for admission rates and details. 

Belle Meade Plantation is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  

Ticket Options

Basic Tours

Mansion Tour Ticket  –  guided tour of the Mansion, a complimentary wine tasting, and access to the property for a self-guided tour of the Grounds and Outbuildings.  For the best experience, please arrive 30 minutes before your booked tour time.     

Grounds Tour Ticket – access to the property for a self-guided tour of the Grounds and Outbuildings.

Other Ticket Options 

Guided Segway Tour Ticket –  a guided Segway tour of the grounds of Belle Meade. (Seasonal tour, closed-toe shoes are required, must be 16 years or older).  For the best experience, please arrive 30 minutes before your booked tour time.     

Food & Wine Pairing Ticket –  an exclusive pairing of gourmet chocolate, cheese, and meat with the wines of Belle Meade. For the best experience, please arrive 30 minutes before your booked tour time.     

Adventure Backpacks Ticketa kid friendly interactive treasure hunt on the grounds of Belle Meade Plantation.  Click Here to purchase.

Summer Camp Registration!

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