John Harding (thoroughbred horse breeder) started Belle Meade in 1807 with 250 acres of land six miles west of Nashville, TN. He had the original house built in 1820, and then modernized in 1853 as his farm continued to grow.
So modern for its time, the mansion had hot and cold running water and gas lamps in every room. The 5400 acre farm’s cattle and other livestock supplied enough manure to produce methane gas for cooking, hot water and lights.
Only 30 acres remain today … quite a spread.
Thought for the Day: Wisdom outweighs any wealth. Sophocles (496-406 BC)