Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Belmont Mansion

Marker ID: NHC 16
Location: 1700 Acklen Ave, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 8.115    W 086° 47.696
  36.13525    -86.79493333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This mansion, designed by an Italian architect, and built in 1850 by Joseph A.S. Acklen and his wife Adelicia, was the center of an extensive estate. Massive gates on Granny White and Hillsboro Pikes and tree-lined driveways enhanced the 180 acres that included greenhouses, gardens, zoo, lake, and the largest private art gallery in the South.
1. Belmont was the work of Adolphus Heiman, not an Italian architect.
2. Built in early 1850’s
3. Closer to 175, than 180 acres.

The Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.


Note: Belmont is now known to be the work of Adolphus Heiman. The first section of the house was completed in early 1853, and the total acreage of the plantation was closer to 175 than 180 acres.