Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
— Belle Meade Plantation —
In 1807John Harding purchased 250 acres of land on the “east side of the Richland Creek including Dunham's Old Station”, and added a second room to the cabin for his growing family. The farm was strategically located on the Chickasaw Trail, which became the Natchez Trace, the main trade route from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. This location provided a constant flow of travelers and customers. Businesses included a blacksmith shop, a sawmill, a grist-mill, a cotton gin, and stables for boarding and breeding horses. This provided adequate income to increase both land and slave holdings. Financial successes also led to the construction of a new house across the yard where the Hardings took up residence in 1820.
Top right: John Harding; Bob Green
Bottom left: The cabin eventually became the residence of Bob Green, the head trainer. His experience and hard work made the Belle Meade Stud farm and his own reputation as a trainer world-renowned.
Bottom right: Following Bob's death in 1907 the Spirit of the Times, a popular equine publication, wrote that
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Animals • Architecture • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 36° 6.31′ N, 86° 51.982′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Leake Avenue east of Harding Pike (U.S. 70S). Marker is located on the grounds of the Belle Meade Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5025 Harding Pike, Nashville TN 37205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Natchez Trace (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belle Meade Bourbon (about 700 feet away); Ice House (about 700 feet away); Dairy (about 700 feet away); Slave Cabin (about 700 feet away); War on the Home Front (approx. 0.2 miles away); Belle Meade Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Belle Meade Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . . Harding Cabin — Belle Meade Plantation Site Documentation and History (PDF). April, 2015 report by Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area (Submitted on October 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.