Prim & Proper

The tour guide looked the part of a wealthy lady in the 1850's as she led us through the Belle Meade mansion (click here) near Nashville, TN.  The authenticity of her "costume" was outdone only  by her seemingly first hand knowledge of the original owners. Her speech was flawless, not the least bit lazy.  She … Continue reading Prim & Proper

Belle Meade Plantation

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 … Continue reading Belle Meade Plantation