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Home School Programs
Belle Meade Plantation’s school programs are open to any student group, including home schools. Any home schooling family, cooperative or association is welcome to book a private tour. Please be aware that we require a 10-paid student minimum for all private tour programs. Individual families or small groups are encouraged to sign up for our Home School Days. Home School Days are a great way to meet other home schooling families from Middle Tennessee and on these special dates there is no minimum number required to book your tour!
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Participation in each Home school Day is $10 per student. All tickets must be purchased online and are Non-refundable and not transferable. You will receive an email confirmation of your online ticket purchase to print and bring with you on the day of the event for check in. Each family receives one free Parent-Educator admission. Additional Adults are $13 per person. Younger (non-participating) siblings are welcome to observe at no cost. Picnic Areas are Available. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-2017 Programs & Tickets (all tickets go on sale Aug 2, 2016 5pm)
Wednesday August 24, 2016
Step back in time and meet famous Tennesseans from history! Andrew Jackson, Casey Jones, Alvin York, Cornelia Fort and many more will be on the grounds to share their stories with you. Check your map and scavenger hunt to make sure you don’t miss anyone as you explore the grounds and be sure to stop by the carriage house for some hands on fun. This is a day that should not be missed!
Hands on Harvest
Tuesday September 27, 2016
Roll up your sleeves and experience harvest time on a 19th century farm. Visit with the blacksmith, spinner & weaver, and so many more to see what it was like to work on a farm. Try your hand at laundry, churning butter, stringing beans and other harvest time chores. This is a hands on event so come prepared for lots of fun. This event takes place at the Harding cabin.
A Century of Christmas: 1853-1953
Monday December 12, 2016
You are cordially invited to tour the beautifully decorated mansion and learn how holiday traditions and decorations changed over the span of 100 years. The mansion will be filled with Christmas trees from over 6 different decades and our costumed guides will share wonderful holiday stories from ages past. Before you leave, make a victorian ornament to take home. This is a great way to kick off your holiday season. (*There will be 4 program start times to choose from for this event 9:30am, 10:30am, 1:30pm & 2:30pm)
In the Time of Slavery
Tuesday February 28, 2017
Tour the grounds and historic buildings while discovering the different jobs, living conditions, food, clothing, and culture of those held in slavery at Belle Meade Plantation. Using information cards, students read the name and occupation of an enslaved worker, thus bringing life to the workers on the farm. Students participate in the Journey to Freedom game while following a chosen path of the Underground Railroad. Visit with the Music Historian and learn the important role that music and song played in daily life of the enslaved workers. Stop by the Storyteller and hear all about oral history.
*This program complements the reading of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” or “Sound the Jubilee”.
Fall In! Civil War at Belle Meade Plantation
Wednesday April 26, 2017
Discover the Harding family’s involvement and experiences in the war and its aftermath. The focus of the tour is on life during the Civil War with discussion centering on Middle Tennessee. Students will “Fall In” and join our army for the day as they participate in 19th century letter-writing, Signal flags, telegraphs, a mini-field school, artillery school, ambulance corps, and so much more. This is a fun day you do not want to miss!