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For Use and For Delight

Author: Erica Dahlgren, Director of Interpretation Grand mansions and elegant grounds have come to be regarded as emblematic of historic sites, like Belle Meade.  However, historically, the farm at Belle Meade was fundamentally a place of work, but even still, by the 19th century, families like the Hardings and Jacksons, used the physical setting that…

Ice Houses in the South

The original Ice House (c. 1820) was about 18 feet deep and filled with ice blocks shipped from the North during the winter. The ice blocks were covered with sawdust and straw in order to protect perishable foods through the summer. Our reconstructed Ice House was built in 2018 adjacent to the original foundation that…