Most people are not aware of all the hidden gems there are to see in Nashville. With so much to do and see in this city, those visiting on vacation rarely even think to squeeze touring mansions into their schedule. However, when you move here, these are special places you will want to add to your list of things to do. You will definitely fall in love and have a deeper appreciation for the area when you do. Just ask your Nashville movers; they will likely be able to recommend at least a handful of mansions to visit.
Belle Meade Plantation House
At one point in history, this was the finest thoroughbred farms throughout the South. This 1853 Greek-Revival mansion now consists of 30 beautiful remaining acres, where you will find a visitor’s center, a winery, carriage house, mausoleum, stable, original outbuildings and reconstructed slave quarters.
When the American Civil War was coming to an end, the largest population of slaves could be found at the Belle Meade Plantation. Interestingly, Confederate and Union forces faced off here in the Battle of Nashville. Today, you can still see evidence of the massive stone columns being saturated with bullets. Your Nashville movers are grateful they did not have to move those stone columns!
If you ask where the largest museum is in Tennessee, you will be pointed here. Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham inherited a massive estate when her husband died of a stomach virus. She instantly became independently wealthy and built the Belmont Mansion when she remarried a Mexican war hero.
Today, you can enjoy an intimate group tour, browse the extensive gift shop and admire the grounds. This is also a popular spot for weddings.
Former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock built this stunning plantation that was later passed on to his son John. On 30 November 1864, one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles took place here resulting in 9,500 soldiers either dead, wounded or missing in only 5 hours. The floors in the home are still blood-stained from the men treated inside.
Guided tours are available daily and the museum store has dozens of intriguing items from collectibles to relics. On off days, you might find your Nashville movers here enjoying time with their families. The cemetery on the grounds is the resting place for more than 1,500 soldiers who died in that gruesome battle.
Judge John Overton built this four-room two-story structure in 1799. After finding prehistoric skulls while digging the cellar, he named the property Golgotha. It was later changed to Travellers Rest. After he died here 12 April 1833 his widow remained in the home for 29 years until her death. Her son and his family then lived in this home, which by this time had expanded into a gorgeous mansion and a 1050-acre plantation where 80 slaves worked. At that time, it was already worth $68 million (every Nashville movers’ dream!) . In 1954, it was restored to become a museum.
Lotz House Avil War House Museum
If you don’t mind driving a few miles out of the city, your Nashville movers will likely be able to point you in the direction of this historic home. Johan Lotz, a German immigrant purchased 5 acres of land in 1855 and spent the next 3 years building his home. Being a master carpenter, he used his home to showcase his work to potential clients.
This home is directly across from the Carter House and therefore was also at the heart of the tragic Battle of Franklin on 30 November 1864. The house served as a hospital until the following summer. Blood stains and damage are still visible.