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Belle Meade Farm Freedom

 
 
Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
1. Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker
Inscription. In 1865 one hundred thirty six (136) enslaved men, women, and children at Belle Meade Farm gained their freedom. With this freedom they gained the right to choose where they would live and work. Seventy-two (72) farm workers continued under the employ of General Will Giles Harding, with 4 families continuing to live on the grounds and many others commuting to work each day from various neighborhoods around Nashville.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower left) The living quarters shown in this photograph were home to both enslaved families and later freedmen who continued to work on the Belle Meade farm. Many of these families occupied the structures until the mid 20th century. In the 1970s, the last remaining building was dismantled and moved to make way for new development.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower right) Our mission is to preserve and interpret the historical value of Belle Meade Plantation and to educate the public about its significance in American History. Through generous donations, Belle Meade Plantation acquired this half (1/2) acre of land in October 2001, thus preserving part of history nearly lost to development. Continuing efforts and archeology will tell us more about the material culture and lives of the families who lived here in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
2. Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker
Slave quarters on the farm

 
Location. 36° 6.384′ N, 86° 51.864′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Belle Meade Plantation. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5025 Harding Road (Entrance to the Plantation), Nashville TN 37205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belle Meade Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Belle Meade Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); War on the Home Front (within shouting distance of this marker); The Natchez Trace (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Harpeth Hall School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Percy Warner Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dutchman's Curve Train Wreck (approx. 1.6 miles away); Luke Lea Heights (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Nashville.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
3. Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker
Dairy building, c.1884 located on the Belle Meade Farm
Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
4. Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker
Photo of a workers family located inside a building
Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 25, 2013
5. Belle Meade Farm Freedom Marker
Belle Meade Plantation Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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