Few places capture the history of Nashville quite like Belle Meade Plantation. While visitors can tour the mansion and grounds through guided or Segway tours, locals can participate in a self-guided walking tour of the picturesque plantation.
Belle Meade was once the home of General William Giles Harding, who owned several thoroughbred horses throughout the 1800s. Through selling his horses in auctions, he became the most successful thoroughbred breeder and distributor in the State of Tennessee. Rumor has it that all 13 Triple Crown winners’ ancestors can be traced back to Belle Meade. In the late 1800s, many guests such as President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland, Robert Todd Lincoln, General U.S. Grant, and General William T. Sherman were drawn to Belle Meade plantation.
The plantation boasts everything from wine tastings for adults, to a treasure hunt for children. After your tour, be sure to stop at Harding House, their on-site restaurant. A favorite on the menu is the Belle Meade sandwich, a southern classic equipped with pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, caramelized onions and spinach. It will not disappoint.
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