This landmark was once home to Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in 19th century America. Built in 1850 in the ... More
This landmark was once home to Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in 19th century America. Built in 1850 in the style of an Italian villa, it was originally intended to be the summer home of the Acklens. The personally guided tour, showcases a variety of original furnishings of the period as well as Mrs. Acklen's valuable, one-of-a-kind collection of artwork and statues. Disabled access is to first floor and grounds.
We chose to hold our wedding at Belmont Mansion because we wanted to have a small intimate ceremony in a historic setting. Most of the local venues only cater for outdoor weddings & we held our event in January. Belmont ticked all the boxes - it's the perfect wedding setting with many wonderful photo opportunities both inside & out, including an amazing staircase which provides a really dramatic entrance for the bride. There is also a grand piano in the Grand Salon, so we were also able to have a live piano music.
The front of the Mansion is also an excellent setting for photos & grounds though small are also attractive.
The price was very reasonable compared with similar local venues, and the Rev Brandon Rich went out of his way to accommodate all of our requests & make sure we had the memorable day we wanted.
If you are thinking of marrying at Belmont I recommend doing the historical tour beforehand as it added to the occasion for me knowing the history of the Mansion.
Belmont Mansion is a beautifully presented and interpreted historic house. The fact that it is surrounded by other university buildings is part and parcel of why it still stands today. What was once a country estate is now in the center of town and would have surely vanished if it were not for a series of schools on the property. The university has spent huge sums of money toward the restoration of the house and while there is much more to be done, what is there is nothing less than splendid and remarkable. The facade was recently refinished and must have easily cost a million dollars. The fees paid by visitors would scarcely cover any of the expense of restoration projects. Supporters and donors have been very generous for many years to help fund this enormous project.
The house represents the largest domestic ediface built prior to the Civil War in Tennessee and is architecturally unsurpassed by few houses of it's era anywhere in America. Of all the museum houses in Nashville, Belmont is certainly the most unusual and entertaining. It is the very embodiment of Nineteenth Century excess and a wonderful mixture of elegance and exuberence. For old house enthusiasts it is a 'must see' and for history buffs, it is a glimpse into a world of exceptional privilege, power and pride. It points to the prominent role Nashville played in the development of the 'West' and it's importance as a financial and cultural center of its time.
I think often visitors to houses that are a 'work in progress' are disappointed that things are not pristine and fully restored as is the case at places like Biltmore (which has it's own history of ongoing restoration.) In fact, I think one of the most interesting things about this museum is witnessing the contrast between the unrestored areas and those that are finished. It is inspiring to see the level of scholarship, research and craftsmanship that goes into restoring this house to its original appearance. The curators and university are to be congratulated.
This is a beautiful house that is poorly maintained by the university. There must have been fifty people there during our visit, and the whole time I was there I kept wondering why wasn't this money being used to maintain the place. The worst part was the fact that adjacent modern university buildings have almost completely swallowed this historic structure. It was sad to stare out the window at an ugly building that was blocking what had once been a view of Nashville. And whose Idea was it to connect new buildings to the house?
Our tourguide (Diana) was extremely knowledgeable and pleasant. The story of the owner's life (Adelicia) was fascinating and the number of original pieces in the house was impressive and ever-growing. This victorian era Italian style villa is definitely worth your time if you are in the Nashville area
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