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 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.