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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 Click Here

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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 Click Here

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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 Click Here

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Birthday Wishes

On April 17, 2012 By

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 Here

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Why We Keep What We Keep

On March 15, 2012 By

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 Here

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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

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