If you are looking for a resource to talk with your children about the history of slavery and developing empathy, we invite you to take a special tour, designed for families with children ages 4- 12.
Learn about the African American experience at Belle Meade as you tour the slave cabin, the carriage house, and the mansion. On your visit, you will follow a day in the lives of Millie and Monroe, two children who labored on the Belle Meade Farm in the years surrounding the Civil War. Interact with our engaging storytellers and examine the symbolism found in African American music and folk art of the time. Create your own symbolic art as you develop a deeper understanding of the African American experience in the 1800s, from the daily struggles of slavery, to the complicated nature of freedom, and the ways in which enslaved people both thrived and survived in difficult times.
The program is specifically designed for children and is inquiry-based, empathy-driven, and deeply researched. Plan for your experience to last at least 90 minutes. The guided tour is 1-hour long (includes stops inside the mansion and outside), and is followed by a hands-on activity. The activity can be completed at your leisure; most families finish the activity in 15-20 minutes. This tour also includes access to our self-guided grounds tour. For questions, please email [email protected].