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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 →
Each Spring, the Hardings and Jacksons hosted their annual yearling sale. Horsemen from around the country came to spend the afternoon, enjoy a barbecue lunch and purchase high quality thoroughbreds.
The largest crowd ever seen at a yearling sale came in the Spring of 1881. Over 1,000 were in attendance. General Harding was described Click Here
A simple and understated red leather easy chair has been recently given to Belle Meade. The chair doesn’t look like anything of great significance until you know its story. Howell E. Jackson was an astute political figure in Washington for many years. He served as United States Senator, United States Circuit Court Judge, and in Click HereContinue Reading →
Our Christmas exhibit will make its debut on November 6. The Mansion will be decked in its holiday finery until January 2,2011. Here are pictures of past Christmases.Continue Reading →