- See historic Tennessee
- Visit the Queen of the Tennessee Plantations, Belle Meade Plantation
- See the stately manor of Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage
- Stop for wine tasting at Belle Meade
- Stop for lunch at historic Hermitage Smorgasbord (own expense)
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What You Can Expect
Known as the Queen of the Tennessee Plantations, Belle Meade Plantation was the centerpiece of a 5,200-acre plantation, world-renowned as a thoroughbred stud farm and nursery in the 19th century. The present 30-acre site features 10 outbuildings which include an 1832 slave cabin and a colossal carriage house and stables.
Your next visit will be the stately manor of Andrew Jackson - The Hermitage. This was the home of the seventh US president, and a favorite son of Tennessee. You will view the formal gardens, visit the slave quarters, the original 1804 cabin of the estate and the sight where this president and his wife were laid to rest.
What encyclopedias the tour guides are at these places. Thoroughly enjoyed both plantations and their separate stories. Our guide at Belmeade was a military historian and his love and knowledge of the place made history come alive.One of the few tours I did where USA was not rammed down my throat along with the facts. Very enjoyable, could appreciate the architecture as well as the displays of museum quality contents of the homes. Southern hospitality all the way on this tour. Good value to learn history in this way.
This tour was extremely interesting, but the lunch stop at the Smorgasbord was horrendous. Food on the floor, bland recipes, extremely outdated surroundings and there was a dead cockroach on the ice cream freezer door. The guide was very knowledgable and fun though and both the Hermitage and Bel Meade were great places to visit. Had a small group, which was a plus. I would definitely recommend this tour, but when the bus stops at the Smorgasbord...GO NEXT DOOR TO CARL JR!