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Washington County, Wisconsin
October 8, 2010
August 17, 2006
From journal MUSIC CIty
Brooklyn, New York
December 23, 2005
From journal Traffic Nightmare in Nashville
October 27, 2004
This 1853 Greek Revival plantation house was the home of John Harding, though it was William Harding who had the passion for thoroughbred horses. You gather on the front porch and then go as a group into the entrance hall. It is lined with horse prints, ala Stubbs. It isn’t very long before you understand why.
There are costumed guides in each of the rooms. They give you a little talk about the particular room you happen to be in. One thing you do notice is that there are a lot of mirrors in these old homes. This was explained as helping to reflect the light, especially at night. We really can’t imagine how dark it was before the advent of electric lighting.
William Harding was sent to prison camp in Michigan for six months during the Civil War. Union troops occupied the house. They were not that well behaved, and his wife Elizabeth wrote to the Lieutenant Governor, and as a result, the Union troops then became the guards of the plantation.
Pay particular attention to the doors and woodwork in the house. They look like oak or mahogany, depending on which room you are in. They are neither; they are poplar and are faux painted to look like more expensive wood. Iroquois’ silver-capped hooves are in one of the cases in the library.
The house is decorated in typical Victorian style, with some interesting feather pictures. You must visit Belle Meade on a guided tour. You buy your ticket in the gift shop; do I detect a trend here? Well, it is a very nice gift shop with a really exceptional collection of books, so while you’re waiting for your tour to begin, it is worth browsing. The carriage house has a fine collection of carriages, and there is a restaurant which is open for lunch.
From journal Nashville- Friendliest City in America
August 27, 2003
From journal nashville(home of country music)
August 9, 2003
This is a Victorian-era home and has a carriage house and stable displaying antique carriages and a 1790 log cabin and a 1832 slave cabin. The tour guides are in period costume. There is a rare square grand piano in the house and a window with the lady of the house's signature on the window pane. She was testing her diamond ring to see if it was real.
It was interesting and in a beautiful old money area of town and near where Al and Tipper Gore have returned since leaving the vice-presidency.
From journal I'm a Little Bit Country, Music City USA
March 9, 2003
From journal Music City Nashville,TN
August 26, 2001
The tour starts with a video, sharing the historical significance of the house and barn. Belle Meade was a 5400 acre thoroughbred horse establishment and many of the derby winners have their ancestry traced back to horses from Belle Meade. The narrator in the video broaches the slavery on Belle Meade, sharing that it was a part of Belle Meade's history and the presentation is about history.
Belle Meade was also the location of a battle in the Civil War and the tour guides specifically identify the scars on the front porch from the war.
Inside the mansion, comparisons are made to "Gone with the Wind", showing how life really was in a southern mansion as opposed to the persception presented from Hollywood. The tour guide was knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions.
One person in our tour could not master the staircase and was treated with dignity by the tour guide. This person was offered a comfortable chair while the rest of the group viewed the second floor.
The tour also includes the out buildings which include a slave cabin, creamery and the carriage house. An antique carriage collection is displayed in the carriage house.
The tour costs 410 per adult and $4 for children ages 6-12.
From journal More to Nashville than the Opry