THE HOME OF ADELICIA ACKLEN
Belmont Mansion is an Italian villa constructed between the years 1849 and 1859. Through the years, it has been the summer home for Nashville socialite Adelicia Acklen and her family, temporary headquarters of the Union army, and an all-girls college and seminary. One of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 square feet, the entire Belmont estate was built, furnished, and landscaped by the Acklens and boasted such luxuries as lavish gardens, an art gallery, a bowling alley, and a zoo.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971, Belmont Mansion currently operates as a house museum, maintained by the Belmont Mansion Association through admissions, venue rentals, event fundraisers and individual and company donations.
MISSION & VALUES
It is the mission of the Belmont Mansion Association to ensure that the original beauty of Belmont Mansion and the rich legacy of Adelicia Acklen are alive, relevant and exceptionally presented to visitors from across the world.
Belmont Mansion is recognized internationally as an exceptional example of Victorian home life and the Association is lauded as a model of nonprofit management excellence because of our values, which include:
Accurate and historically correct restoration work
Acquisition of original furnishings
Historic interiors based on research, not personal preference
Personable, engaging, historically accurate tour experiences
Continual research to refine the Acklen experience