SUPPORT OUR MISSION
The Belmont Mansion Association exists to restore and conserve one of the South's largest antebellum homes. Built by Adelicia and Joseph Acklen, this ornate Victorian mansion built in the Italianate style became the backdrop for the life of one of the most dynamic women of 19th century America. In order to preserve and restore the home's original appearance, we are continually planning for the next restoration project.
Our current focus is the Grand Salon. This room is one of the most architecturally significant antebellum spaces remaining in Tennessee. As it has been actively used since its construction, for many years as part of a women's college, the room has seen multiple transitions. Our current work is focused on returning it to its 1860s appearance.
RECENTLY COMPLETED RESTORATION PROJECT
Work on the Grand Salon began in earnest in January 2019 when the 20th century flooring was removed to reveal the original marbleized 1860 floor. Unfortunately this pine floor cannot withstand modern traffic. So, the choice was made to preserve it in place and lay a new oak floor on top of the original that replicates the construction and patterned design of the original floor.
The restoration pages found on this website provide more detail on the restoration of Belmont Mansion. To learn more, click here for a complete list.
We always welcome the help and support of volunteers. Our volunteers assist in a variety of ways including leading tours, working in our museum shop, assisting with special events and decorating for Christmas. We rely heavily on the help of our dedicated volunteers and invite you to be part of Belmont Mansion.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Lauren Batte, Director of Operations.
DONATE TO SUPPORT THIS WORK
Your support allows the ongoing restoration of Belmont Mansion. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to that work today.