Nashville is known as “Music City,” but there is so much more to the area than the sounds of country. The rich history that has taken place in Nashville is both incredible and intriguing. There are a variety of ways you can experience the story behind the city – before it became all about the music. Escape to the simpler days and stroll through beautiful magnolia trees and magnificent estates. Walk through the home of President Andrew Jackson. Get an in-depth look into the Civil War and 19th century Tennessee. When you take a tour into the city’s past, you won’t only get a history lesson, you’ll get to experience the life of the past for yourself.
The Belle Meade Plantation Tour will take you through the plantation from 1853, belonging to the Harding family. This antebellum mansion has been restored and has been kept to the true style of its original owners. When you walk through the landscapes and the hallways of this great estate, you will be transferred back into a time of horse-drawn carriages, stables, log cabins, blacksmiths and more. The Harding family’s stables were known for the quality breeding of thoroughbred horses, including ancestors to famous horses such as Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Smarty Jones and more. When you visit the plantation between now and October, you may also get the chance to participate in “Living History” demonstrations in the 1790s log cabin, including dancing, storytelling, arts and crafts and more. This tour takes you on a journey through time, allowing you the opportunity to experience the life of the past, the beauty of the mansion and the elegance of antebellum South for yourself.
If you are a history buff, then The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson tour is probably the tour option for you. You will have the chance to explore the mansion of one of America’s earliest presidents, through his stables, several outbuildings, log farmhouse and the garden that serves as the final resting place of the president and his wife. You will get to travel back in time to the early 1800s, and learn how the couple’s property grew from a modest log farmhouse into the elaborate mansion. Learn how Jackson thrived in the field of farming, while also engaging in his military and political careers. Travel with your guide through the stables Jackson added to the estate to compliment his love for racing, and through the garden he made for his wife, where the two now rest. This tour will give you an in-depth look into the life of the former president.
Or, you can take the Civil War Tour: The Battle of Franklin tour and get more insight into the history of the city. You will have the chance to walk along the famed Franklin battlefield, where over 9,500 soldiers gave their lives in just five hours. Be taken back to the time of the war and feel the tug on your heartstrings as you hear the tales of the families caught in the middle of the battle. As you walk along the battleground and hear the stories of the soldiers who fought for their lives on these grounds, you will have the chance to learn more about the incredible history of the war. You will then get the chance to spend some time at the Carter House and learn how the modest farmhouse became ground zero, as well as travel through the city of Franklin on your own. Even more awaits you on this incomparable tour experience.
Finally, the Historic Tennessee Tour will take you on a combination of both the Belle Meade Mansion and The Hermitage. If you want to experience both of the plantations, this tour will be the perfect option for you. You will also have the opportunity to delve into the rich history and culture of the city, including tales of the Civil War, legendary horse racing, plantation life and more. You will start at The Hermitage, then make your way to the Belle Meade Mansion. At the end of the Belle Meade portion of the tour, you will make your way to the “Winery at Belle Meade,” where you will have the chance to enjoy a wine tasting.
When visiting Nashville for these incredible tours, stay close to all of the action when you book a room at a hotel in Opryland. The Radisson Hotel at Opryland, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Opryland and the Guesthouse Inn & Suites Music Valley are all within a half-mile of both the Historic Tennessee Tour and the Civil War Tour. Or, Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Green Hills is under five miles from the Belle Plantation Tour. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the rich history of the city of Nashville. There’s more than just music to explore in the area.