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Belle Meade Farm was not only home to some of the greatest thoroughbreds in American history. It was also the location for one of the finest dairies in the South. In 1884, General William Hicks Jackson decided to add to the profitability of the farm by building in new streams of revenue. He had seen Click HereContinue Reading →
In the early 1890s, General William Hicks Jackson made several trips from his Belle Meade farm to New York City. Every spring, several Belle Meade yearlings were sent by train to New York to be sold. General Jackson and his grooms often accompanied the shipment. It was on one of these trips that Jackson Click HereContinue Reading →
As the staff at Belle Meade Plantation packs up Christmas decorations every January, we begin thinking about the next year’s Christmas exhibit. This year we chose to do something very different from the past few years. We decided instead of focusing our Christmas exhibit on one holiday celebration in the history of Belle Meade that Click HereContinue Reading →
In the late 1970s, a descendant of the Jackson family presented Belle Meade with carved antique gourd that was believed to have been presented to the Jackson family by a Belle Meade employee in the 1890s. The gourd was carved with images of the famed racehorse, Iroquois, several farm animals, and a heart containing the Click HereContinue Reading →
While sitting at my desk pouring over old Harding-Jackson family letters, I sometimes feel like an uninvited voyeur. These documents, written over a century ago, were only meant for cetain eyes and here I am reading over them as relics of the past.
While reading the lines of each letter, I am transported back into the Click HereContinue Reading →
A few months ago, a descendant of the Harding-Jackson family donated two family Bibles to Belle Meade Plantation. One is a simple printing clearly produced for everyday use. The other is a beautiful presentation Bible given to General and Selene Harding Jackson upon their marriage in 1868.
Tucked in the pages of the beautifully bound book Click HereContinue Reading →