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My Darling Wife…

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

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

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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Shall we go on a sleigh ride?

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 met…

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Tradition

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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100 Years of Christmas

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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Birthday Wishes

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 certain 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…

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May Artist of the Month

Joan Jannaman & Mary Eubanks Veazie May Artists of the Month  Opening Reception and Wine Tasting May 1, 2014 5:30-7:30 pm Sponsored by West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart Each month The Shop at Belle Meade Plantation features works by a contemporary regional artist.   This May the Shop at Belle Meade Plantation will feature the work of…

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A Zoffany of a Queen

(May 14, 2012) – Have you ever pored over an album of old pictures and been flooded with memories of childhood or a special occasion? For many, it’s ordinary to believe that it would take a large collection of photographs to understand a life story. Imagine for a moment that you had to sum up…

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Adventures in Land Acquisition

April 14, 2012

Matthew Colin Bailey Director of Preservation  My Grandfather, Nelson G. Shanklin. 1928-2009.

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