THE STORY OF BELMONT MANSION
Belmont Mansion is an Italian villa constructed between the years 1849 and 1859. Through the years, it has been the summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen and her family, temporary headquarters of the Union army, and a women's college and seminary. One of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, the entire Belmont estate was built, furnished, and landscaped by the Acklens and boasted such luxuries as lavish gardens, an art gallery, a bowling alley, and a zoo.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, Belmont Mansion currently operates as a house museum, maintained by the Belmont Mansion Association through admissions, venue rentals, event fundraisers and individual and company donations.
MISSION & VALUES
It is the mission of the Belmont Mansion Association to ensure that the original beauty of Belmont Mansion and the rich legacy of Adelicia Acklen are alive, relevant and exceptionally presented to visitors from across the world.
Belmont Mansion is recognized internationally as an exceptional example of Victorian home life and the Association is lauded as a model of nonprofit management excellence. Visitors can expect:
Accurate and historically correct restoration work
Original and 19th century furniture and decorative arts
Restored historic interiors based on research
Personable, engaging, historically accurate tour experiences