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Tennessee weekend getaway – Nashville plantation tour

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There are three plantation houses in the Nashville, Tennessee area that are excellent weekend getaway trips or a wonderful tour for visitors to “Music City.” Plan it right, get your tickets early, and prepare to step back in time.

Bowen House

When Captain William Bowen was awarded land grants for military services during the Revolutionary War, he had the Bowen Plantation House built around 1787. The plantation grew to encompass 4,000 acres. Today, 70% of the woodwork is original, including the floorboards. All of the exterior doors were restored and one door still retains the original lock.

To get there: 705 Caldwell Dr., Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072. (615) 859-3678.

Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Website: www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/115/Bowen-Plantation-House

Belle Meade

Belle Meade has possibly one of the most diverse histories in the Nashville area. The restoration and collection of plantation southern living is a treat to all who tour here, and the history of horse racing and breeding is imperative to anyone interested in the sport.

To get there: 110 Leake Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37205. (615) 356-0501

Hours of operation: Monday – Sunday 9:00AM – 5:00P.M.

Website: http://bellemeadeplantation.com/

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is a prosperous farm, Indians, the movement west, slavery and freedom, the changing roles of women, religion and reform; fortunes made from cotton and southern life. The Hermitage is popular with both tourists and Nashvillians.

To get there: 4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville, TN 37076. (615) 889-2941

Hours of operation: 8:30 am-5:00 pm from April 1 - October 15. Open daily 9:00 am–4:30 pm from October 16 - March 31.

Website: http://www.thehermitage.com/

Note: It is strongly recommended you contact the locations to verify hours of operation due to schedule changes. It is also recommended you purchase tickets in advance.

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Bowen House
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Bowen House

Bowen House
When Captain William Bowen was awarded land grants for military services during the Revolutionary War, he had the Bowen Plantation House built around 1787. Captain Bowen, his wife, and their four children resided here. Eventually there were a total of ten children. Bowen was a hard-working and ambitious man.  The plantation grew to encompass 4,000 acres. Captain Bowen died in 1804, and his wife passed away in 1827. The house went through various owners and was abandoned in 1960. In the 1970s a restoration project began. About 70% of the woodwork is original, including the floorboards. All of the exterior doors were restored and one door still retains the original lock.
To get there: 705 Caldwell Dr., Goodlettsville, Tennessee 37072. (615) 859-3678.
Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Website: www.cityofgoodlettsville.org/115/Bowen-Plantation-House

Belle Meade
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Belle Meade

Belle Meade
Belle Meade has possibly one of the most diverse histories in the Nashville area. Not only was it a farm, but it was home to a cotton gin, a gist mill, and a saw mill. Eventually it became famous for its Thoroughbred horses: racing, stud services, breeding, and care. Many “first” for Thoroughbreds were born here, including the horse auction. The restoration and collection of plantation southern living is a treat to all who tour here, and the history of horse racing and breeding is imperative to anyone interested in the sport.
To get there: 110 Leake Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37205. (615) 356-0501
Hours of operation: Monday –  Sunday 9:00AM – 5:00P.M.
Website: http://bellemeadeplantation.com/

The Hermitage
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The Hermitage

The Hermitage
To tour president Andrew Jackson’s home and stand where he once stood will be a return to history, but The Hermitage is much more: a prosperous farm, Indians, the movement west, slavery and freedom, the changing roles of women, religion and reform; fortunes made from cotton and  southern life. Restored to its original grandeur, with wagon rides to the slave properties, special events, and so much more, The Hermitage is popular with both tourists and Nashvillians. .
To get there:  4580 Rachel's Lane, Nashville, TN 37076. (615)889-2941
Hours of operation: 8:30 am-5:00 pm from April 1 - October 15. Open daily 9:00 am–4:30 pm from October 16 - March 31.
Website: http://www.thehermitage.com/

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