By Mark Brown, Executive Director, Belmont Mansionand Dr. Erica Hayden, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Trevecca University


It is our primary mission at Belmont Mansion to tell the entire story of life at Belmont from the time Adelicia Franklin purchased the property in 1849 until the last family member left in 1886. We also attempt to tell the story of all the people who lived and worked on this estate. This includes those who were enslaved here and those who were hired by the family to work in the house and on the grounds or at Montvale, the adjoining garden farm.


The booklet is divided into three sections: an overview of the staff both before and after the Civil War, detailed lists of the enslaved people and hired workers, and transcripts of original documents. While the information seen herein regarding the enslaved residents and the hired staff at Belmont is minimal, it is hoped this publication will enable other researchers to connect the information with their research.


In the Shadows: The Enslaved People and Estate Workers of Belmont Mansion

Published by the Belmont Mansion Association

Nashville, TN

2018, Fourth Printing

ISBN: 9780692159255

Paperback, 64 pages, with color illustrations


Dimensions: 8.5"h x 5.5"w x 0.13"d


$14.95 (includes shipping and handling)


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In the Shadows

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    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