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Belle Meade Mansion
In 1807 John Harding bought Dunham’s Station log cabin and 250 acres on the Natchez Trace. He boarded horses for neighbors such as Andrew Jackson and bred thoroughbreds. In 1820 he began construction on the house. In 1853 he enlarged the house into a double-pyle, five-bay Greek Revival style Mansion. During the battle of Nashville, Confederate General James Chalmers used the plantation as his headquarters. In December 1864 Union and Confederate forces fought in the front yard and damage from bullets are still visible on the columns of the mansion.
Dunham’s Station log Cabin
The Dunham and Harding cabin is a double crib log cabin. The two rooms each have a bed and a large fireplace along with a dinner table and chairs. The Dunham’s lived in the cabin until 1807 when they sold it to John Harding. The second room was built and the two were joined by a common roof.
Road leading to the Belle Meade Mansion
The Harding family prospered and built their domain into a plantation that was renowned throughout the world for breeding champion thoroughbred horses. The beginning of the 20th century the fourth generation of the Harding family moved off the property. In 1953 the plantation was deeded to the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities who manage the estate today.
After the tour of the plantation you can enjoy free wine tasting at their winery. Today the mansion serves as venue for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and other events.