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Family Tours

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Family Tours are available daily and are ideal for families with children aged 4-12 years.

Tickets for Family Tours may be purchased online and maximum capacity is limited to 20 people. Safety measures will be in place, including the use of take-home crafts and thorough cleaning of activity-related items between uses.

Each Family Tour is 90 minutes in duration and includes a 20 to 40-minute guided lesson, followed by hands-on crafts and activities. Activities are held in the History Makers Space, located in the Dairy. 

TAM Award of Excellence


Our Family Tours have 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:

  • $15 per adult (age 18+)
  • $13 per child (ages 4-18)
  • Siblings age 4 years and under 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!”


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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 enter the Mansion.)

  • Tour: Harding Cabin (30 minutes)
  • Activity: Harding Cabin porch/lawn (in case of inclement weather: History Makers Space, 45 minutes) 

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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 enter the Mansion.)

  • Tour: Mansion and Slave Cabin (45 minutes)
  • Activity: History Makers Space (30 minutes)

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A Soldier’s Story

Take a walk around the property with our educator and learn about Nashville and Belle Meade during the Civil War years. With brief stops outside the Mansion, Smokehouse, garden, Mausoleum, and Slave Cabin, you’ll discover how events in the 1860s affected the Hardings and the enslaved people who lived here. Then explore a variety of hands-on and self-directed activities while you learn about the details of Civil War soldier’s life – from the items he carried with him, to the medical care he received. Try sending and receiving telegraph messages, rolling bandages, or writing a letter with a quill pen and ink! (This tour does not enter the Mansion.)

  • Tour: Grounds (25-30 minutes, outdoor rain/shine)
  • Activity:  History Makers Space (40 minutes)

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Growing Up in the Gilded Age

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!

  • Tour:  Mansion (30-40 minutes)
  • Activity:  History Makers Space (30-40 minutes)

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A Night Before Christmas

You’re invited to a special holiday themed tour, as we explore Christmas with the Jackson children! Find out what was on their letters to Santa and discover which Christmas traditions have evolved over time and which are exactly the same! As we follow along with lines and lyrics from Christmas songs and poems penned during the 1800s, this tour through the Mansion will get you in the holiday spirit! After the tour, make your own Victorian-inspired holiday ornaments and play with popular toys from the late 1800s in our History Makers Space.

  • Tour:  Mansion (30-40 minutes)
  • Activity:  History Makers Space (30-40 minutes)

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