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.
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.
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.
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.
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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