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My Darling Wife…

On February 11, 2015 By

On his thirty- third birthday in 1868, General William Hicks Jackson proposed marriage to Selene Harding, granddaughter of the founder of Belle Meade farm. The General had his eye on her for quite some time but, he was not part of Nashville’s social circle and Selene had the attentions of many eligible young fellows. It […]

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The Family Vault

On October 10, 2014 By

In the spring of 1837, Mary Selena McNairy Harding gave birth to her fifth child named William Giles Harding Jr in honor of his father. She had suffered with the births of all five of her children and her health seemed to worsen as the years past. Mary Selena died shortly after little William was […]

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The old Belle Meade depot

On September 30, 2014 By

Following the Civil war, General William Giles Harding had a small two-room wood framed train station built across Harding Pike from the gates to the Belle Meade Mansion. General Harding had been a proponent of the building of the railroad through Nashville since the war’s end. He believed, like many of his contemporaries, that it […]

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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 […]

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100 Years of Christmas

On October 31, 2013 By

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 […]

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On May 14, 2012 By

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 […]

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