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Nashville's Best Historical Homes

All within an hours drive of Nashville


A listing of some of the best Historical Homes and Antebellum Mansions that Middle Tennessee has to offer, all within an hour's drive of Nashville.

1. Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Rectory was completed in about 1835 and is known for its Moorish-Gothic Architecture. It was once a girls only school up until the early 1900's.

2. Belle Meade

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Belle Meade Plantation is a premiere historic site. It offers 1790s Dunham Station Log Cabin, 1853 Antebellum Mansion, 1890s Carriage House and stables, as well as seven other historic outbuildings including an Antique carriage collection, a restaurant and a gift shop.

3. Belmont

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Belmont Mansion was built in 1853 by the Acklens Family. This Nashville home was one of the most elaborate antebellum homes in the South, with 36 rooms and 19,000 square feet.

4. Bowen

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The Bowen Plantation Home, circa 1787, is located in Goodlettsville at the Historic Mansker's Station. It is a frontier home and is one of the oldest brick residences in the state.

5. Buchanan

Photo Credit: Buchanan Log House
The Buchanan Log Home is a two-story log house built in 1807-09. It was built from chestnut logs and has poplar floors with limestone fireplaces. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. Carnton

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Carnton Plantation was the home to John and Carrie McGavock and was established in 1826 by Randal McGavock, a former mayor of Nashville.

7. Carter

Built in 1830, the Carter House was occupied successively by three generations of Carter Family. It is a National Historic Landmark and owned by the State of Tennessee.

8. Cragfont

Cragfont, the Historic Home of General James Winchester was built two hundred years ago. Upon its completion, in 1802, it was truly the grandest house west of the Appalachians.

9. Cheekwood

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Cheekwood is a limestone mansion and was completed in 1932 by the Cheek Family. It is now known as Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and is a 55-acre cultural attraction as well as an architectural masterpiece.

10. Croft House

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The Historic Croft House, originally built around 1810, is located on the Grassmere and Nashville Zoo property. This historic home is a working farm and hosts several events annually. Admission is normally free with paid zoo admission.
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