Antebellum plantations are an important part of Southern history and architecture, and many can be seen just outside Nashville. For a closer look at Tennessee’s past, consider a peek into 19th-century life at these historic homes. Here are your options.
Set out from the city with a tour guide who will not only transport you from Nashville but share significant details that will add context to what you’re seeing at the plantation sites. History buffs will appreciate the facts pointed out by knowledgeable guides about the important Civil War Battle of Franklin, while wine lovers can opt for a tour that includes tastings at an operating plantation vineyard. Roundtrip transportation from your hotel and admission fees are included, making this an easy way to absorb a lot in one day.
If you’d prefer to see the surrounding sights at your own pace, the Hermitage is a 30-minute drive from Nashville. This elegant manor, home to seventh US President Andrew Jackson, can be seen on a self-guided audio tour of the gardens and grounds.