Belmont Mansion's story begins in 1816 but continues to today.
Its the story of Adelicia Acklen, her home
~ one of the most architecturally significant houses of the Antebellum South ~
and the history that unfolded around it. A history that includes the creation of an art collection like few others , the Civil War, the end of slavery,
and the emergence of a new way of life.
Explore Belmont Mansion, and its story through these pages.
The Story of the Place and its People
Adelicia and Joseph Acklen designed Belmont Mansion as their home and as a statement of their political and social aspirations. Here they entertained visitors and nurtured a growing family on an estate built by enslaved African Americans and European servants.
The Preservation of an Architectural Masterpiece
Begun in 1849 with a major addition by noted architect Adolphus Heiman in 1859, this is one of the Antebellum South's most impressive domestic structures. Today research guides the work of craftsmen who are preserving and restoring the house.
Explore the Collection
Adelicia and Joseph Acklen were as interested in the art they filled their home with as they were the design of the house. Today the Association is fortunate to have a significant percentage of original furniture, paintings, statues, and other pieces of art throughout the house. Many of them are cataloged here.
History at Home
Activities, videos, and stories that illuminate 19th century Nashville history ~ all with a connection to Belmont Mansion. Here you'll find inspiration and insights into the past that might surprise you.
Education is a priority at Belmont Mansion with multiple options. Schedule a school group tour, have a traveling classroom come to you, or simply access resources designed for teachers.