Known as the "queen of the Tennessee plantations," this stunning Greek Revival house is marked by the Civil War bullet holes that riddle its columns. Guides in period costumes lead you through the mansion, which is furnished antebellum style and underwent restoration in January 2013. The mansion is the centerpiece of a 5,400-acre estate that was one of the nation's first and finest thoroughbred breeding farms. It's also the site of the famous Iroquois Steeplechase, the
oldest amateur steeplechase in America, a society event now run each May in nearby Percy Warner Park. A Victorian carriage museum with an impressive collection continues the equine theme. A two-story visitor center is modeled after a traditional Southern paddock. The last tour of the day starts at 4 pm. Tours of the Winery at Belle Meade Plantation are also offered. Seasonal events are held in summer and fall.
Jun 27, 2005
Lovely, enjoyable, educational - this was a real treat for the whole family!
Jun 3, 2004
The house was beautiful as were the grounds. They had women dressed in pioneer clothing cooking over a fire pit with cast iron as they did in the earliest days. They also had story tellers that told of life at the plantation including the atrocities that the slaves endured which moved many around me to tears. Great educational experience! A must see!