Belmont Mansion Guide Book

By Dr. Albert W. Wardin, Jr.


Belmont Mansion: The Home of Joseph and Adelicia Acklen


Presented here is the story of Belmont Mansion, the Acklen family, and their art collection. This history, compiled by the historian who helped lead the charge to preserve, restore and open the house to the public as a museum, gives readers insight into the background of this unique architectural accomplishment designed by Adelicia and Joseph Acklen and built by enslaved African Americans and European servants.


Published by the Belmont Mansion Association

Nashville, TN

10th Printing, 2nd Revision, 2018, Copyright 2005

ISBN: 0971503303

Paperback, 40 pages, color

Dimensions: 9.25"h x 8.5"w x 0.13"d



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(includes shipping and handling)

Shipped via USPS Media Mail Service within continental U.S. only.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk