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    Belle Meade Plantation – Nashville, Tennessee

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    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to explore a plantation from the Civil War era? If so, then Belle Meade Plantation is definitely worth a visit. This historic landmark has been preserved and open to the public since 1967 and offers a glimpse into what life was like for Southern aristocrats during that time period. Plus, with its beautiful grounds and elegant architecture, Belle Meade is definitely one of the most picturesque plantations in the area. So if you're looking for an interesting and historically significant travel destination, be sure to add Belle Meade Plantation to your Nashville things to do list!

     We waited until the holiday season to visit because they had each room decorated as they would for Christmas in different decades since the house was built. It was a great history lesson for my kids!

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee

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    Belle Meade Plantation – Nashville Tennessee

    This spot made our list of Top 21 Things To Do on Your Nashville Vacation.

    The drive there alone as beautiful, in an old part of Nashville.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Drive

    Then the driveway in was breathtaking. My dream driveway, seriously!

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Driveway

    We checked in and then my kids rented the kids adventure backpack. This leads the kids on a treasure hunt around the property with activities and history mixed in.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Map

    The first stop was the stables. My oldest daughter was excited for this one, she loves horses, even though there were no live horses.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Stables

    In the stables, they had the different carriages used and why each was used (such as everyday use or formal use)

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Carriage

    Then we found our first box for the kids. They used the key on the backpack to open the box.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Horse Box

    Inside was all things about horses and horse racing (where the Harding-Jackson family made their money!) Plus there was a card with history on it.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee inside horse box

    Then we passed the winery on the way to find the next box.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Winery

    The kids had a blast walking the property!

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Kids Walking by Well

    They even have a memorial to their most famous race horse

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Enquirer

    We got to see the well and it gave us a chance to explain the different way they got water back when the house was built.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Well

    Then they found the doll house where box #2 was located.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Dollhouse

    The dollhouse was under restoration but looking inside it was still pretty.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Dollhouse Inside

    The dollhouse box had toys that the kid of the house would have played with, along with a letter to Santa.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Dollhouse Box

    Then we hunted for the box outside the main house.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee House

    The kids had a blast walking and running the pathways since no cars are allowed up that way.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Kids Walking

    Then we found the house box.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee House Box with Hannah

    Inside where a mix of items for Christmas, stories and some toys.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Inside Hosue Box

    Including Civil War hats.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Hats

    We took a look at the Gardeners house.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee garden house

    They had a little greenhouse  in there as well.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Greenhouse

    Then we got ready for our tour in the house.

    While we waited we sat in the rocking chairs on the front porch.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Rocking Chairs

    I wasn’t able to get any inside pictures (but you can see some pictures of the inside here. ) but the rooms were decorated for each Christmas decade and it was beautiful to see. The pride of the house were the racing horses that made the family their money.

    After our tour, we were treated to a wine tasting since they have a winery on the property. They have a great outdoor seating for events and tastings.

    Belle Meade Plantation - Nashville, Tennessee Out Door Seating

    We ended up buying 2 bottles of wine, the chocolate sauce (which has an alcohol content) and some peppermint bark candy (a weakness really)

    Have you been to Belle Meade Plantation? It's a beautiful place and perfect for a day trip. The plantation is home to horses, cows, sheep, pigs, and chickens. You can also see the blacksmith shop and cotton gin on the property. There are plenty of photo opportunities at Belle Meade Plantation, so be sure to take your camera!

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      Sunday 27th of December 2015

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