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Summer 2022 Family Tour Options

Ideal for families with children aged 4-12 years!

Family Tours are 90 minutes in duration, and include a guided tour for children and their families, followed by hands-on crafts and activities, held in our History Makers Space, located in the Dairy.

This spring (through May 25, 2022), choose from two award-winning tours for your family, Stories of Slavery and Freedom (offered Sunday – Tuesday) and STEAM Into History (offered Wednesday – Saturday).  Click the book button on the right or scroll down for more information.

Beginning Thursday, May 26, 2022, we will offer our expanded Summer Schedule of Family Tours! (Descriptions of each tour are below.) 

  • Stories of Slavery and Freedom, offered daily at 10:15 am
  • Beyond the Barn, offered daily at 12:15 pm
  • STEAM Into History, offered daily at 2:15 pm
  • Frontier Families, offered weekdays at 3:15 pm

Adults on the Family Tour are able to participate in the free wine tasting, which is included with every paid admission to the site.

Cost:

  • Adults/Seniors, ages 18+:  $20
  • Children, ages 4-18:  $15
  • Infants/Toddlers, ages 0-3:  free (no ticket required)
  • Access to the self-guided grounds, restaurants, game area, and winery are included with this ticket; you do not need any additional tickets, unless you want to participate in another program, tour, or experience.

Click the Book Button on the right, or scroll down for more information.  For questions, email [email protected].

Stories of Slavery and Freedom

Learn about the African American experience at Belle Meade as you tour the Slave Cabin and the Kitchen House. On your visit, you will follow a day in the lives of Millie and Monroe, two children who labored on the Belle Meade Farm in the years surrounding the Civil War. Interact with our engaging storytellers and examine the symbolism found in African American music and folk art of the time. Create your own symbolic art as you develop a deeper understanding of the African American experience in the 1800s, from the daily struggles of slavery, to the complicated nature of freedom, and the ways in which enslaved people both thrived and survived in difficult times. 

This tour does not go inside the Mansion.

Beyond the Barn

Discover the history of Bramble, a stocky little colt bred at Belle Meade in 1875!  On this tour, you’ll learn about the ups and downs of Bramble’s journey to becoming a top racehorse, from his first footsteps in the barn to his historic winning strides on the track, and later, his triumphant return to Belle Meade.  As a part of your tour, you’ll get to meet a real-life relative of Bramble and create some fun horse crafts to take home!

This tour does not go inside the Mansion.

STEAM Into History

What was daily life like for young Nashvillians in the 1880s?  In the years between the Civil War and the 20th century, the South experienced many social, economic, and industrial changes. What was it like to grow up in such a time of change? How did their lives compare to ours today?  Find out when you tour Belle Meade Mansion to uncover the story of the Harding-Jackson family and the many people who labored on their farm and in their house. Discover more about 1800s technology innovation when you explore how telegraphs and early telephones worked, and make a tin-punched candle holder to take home!

This tour goes inside the Mansion.

Frontier Families

Discover how children and families lived on the Tennessee frontier when you visit the Harding’s 1807 log cabin. Compare and contrast their home with your own and find out what has changed over time and what has stayed the same! Learn the names of the earliest enslaved people on this farm and find out how two of them escaped from this property. Try your hand at carding wool, doing laundry in a washtub, dipping candles, and more! 

This tour does not goes inside the Mansion.

TAM Award of Excellence

Our Family Tours received the Award of Excellence in Educational Programming at the Tennessee Association of Museums Awards of Excellence ceremony on March 17, 2021!

 

Pricing for Family Tours is:

  • $20 per adult (age 18+)
  • $15 per child (ages 4-18)
  • Non-participating siblings, age 4 years and under, do not need a ticket and are FREE (with paid adult admission)

All Family Tours:

  • Are specifically designed for children and are inquiry-based, empathy-driven, and deeply researched.
  • Include access to our Grounds and Outbuildings, Outdoor Game Court, Walking Trail, Gift Shops, and our on-site restaurant, The Belle Meade Meat & Three.

Family Tour Reviews:

“We thoroughly enjoyed this educational experience. We have never been disappointed with any event we have attended at Belle Meade.”

“Our guide did an excellent job and answered all of our questions! It was fun and educational for all of us.”

“Requesting an [American Sign Language] interpreter was easy and seamless. The tour guide was FANTASTIC and held the attention of all 6 children well. They all said they had an awesome time. I was thrilled that my Deaf daughter was able to access this wonderful programming just as my other children did. And I was just as enthralled as an adult.”

“We have done several educational programs at Belle Meade. The educator (I wish I could remember her name!) is an excellent teacher and did so well engaging the kids (elementary age). The activities were educational and fun. We will definitely be scheduling more field trips (we attended as a small homeschool group). Everyone that I’ve interacted with at Belle Meade has been knowledgeable and kind. Great place to visit!”