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.
BELMONT MANSION IS KNOWN AS:
One of the few large-scale 19th century Nashville homes still standing
A truly American house incorporating the talents & skills of African Americans and European immigrants
Home to a collection of art and decorative arts popular in 19th century America
A museum built upon a 50 plus year foundation of research and scholarship
An ongoing restoration project which serves as the basis for historically accurate presentations of the whole story of this 19th century household