Ca. 1855-1875

Base and shaft: 87 in. tall

Globes are replacements

The Belmont estate contains a pair of black lamp posts, and it is unclear if the posts are original or if they were added during the college era.  They appear in the ca. 1858 Robert Wood catalogue and were still in production well into the 20th century, making it difficult to accurate date.  The Acklens installed a gas plant ca. 1857 and it is possible this lamp post would have been placed somewhere along the carriage drive.  Most likely the original lamp contained a single burner and the additional arms were added at the time of electrification.  The post is found in the Robert Wood & Co. 1870 catalogue as number “C” [1].



[1] Wood, Robert Wood & Co. Portfolio of original designs of ornamental iron work, by Robert Wood & Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.) ca. 1867-70, 268.

from:  Winterthur Museum Library internet archive


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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