Belmont Mansion's story begins in 1853 and continues to today.

It's the story of a house

~ one of the most architecturally significant houses of the 19th century south ~

and the story of all the people who built, inhabited and supported it.

Their stories are recorded and shared here.

Explore Belmont Mansion and its story through these pages. 

History of the Place and 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 raised a family on an estate built by enslaved African Americans and European servants. 

Restoration of Belmont Mansion 

Begun in 1849 with a major addition by noted architect Adolphus Heiman in 1859, this is one of the 19th century south's largest 

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 a significant percentage of original furniture, paintings, statues, and other pieces of art are located throughout the house. Many of them are cataloged here. 

Education Programs

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.

Elopement Packages at Belmont Mansion

Intimate and elegant wedding ceremonies are popular at Belmont Mansion! 


Visit BelmontMansionEvents.com to review options to Elope in Nashville at Belmont Mansion. 

Affordable Nashville Elopements start here!


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