So I love old homes, wait, let me rephrase that I love old Southern Homes best. I like the history and the opulence of them. So I was excited to check out the Belmont Mansion.
The Belmont Mansion – Nashville, Tennessee
What wouldn’t be of interest of a house built in 1853 by one of the wealthiest women in America? Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham is most often remembered as a socialite and owner of Belmont Mansion. What a long name! She was married to 3 husbands but maintained her wealth from one to the other, with an early form of a prenup, what a smart businesswoman.
The Belmont Mansion, as designed to be a pleasure estate of 177 acres with ample gardens, greenhouses, an art gallery and a zoo. It was just as beautiful as seen in the painting below.
The painting is displayed in the house.
Adelicia was very demanding to keep her views and the grounds beautiful; this is maintained even now that the grounds are a school!
Her 2nd husband increased her assets quite a bit. It allowed them to begin building the Belmont Mansion. The pieces in the house and the details are just beautiful. I LOVE her pink china they had displayed.
I wasn’t able to take pictures inside but these pictures from their website of wedding done in the house give you just a taste of what you will see!
A local Nashville writer even wrote a few books featuring the Belmont Mansion!
A Lasting Impression (A Belmont Mansion Novel Book #1)
A Beauty So Rare (A Belmont Mansion Novel Book #2)
-The house was built with 36 rooms and is 19,000 sq feet
-There were many buildings not attached to the house, including a guest house, art gallery, bowling alley, gardens, and zoo!
-Belmont Mansion was occupied for 2 weeks before the battle of Nashville by Union General Thomas J Wood. The house remained unharmed during the Civil War
-Before her death, Adelicia sold the house and it became a women’s academy, later it became a Seminary and is now Belmont University.
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