Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
The Natchez Trace
Belle Meade Plantation
(photo, lower left) The “Old Dunham’s Station” which had been part of a 640-acre preemption grant made by North Carolina to Daniel Dunham in 1786 would later become Belle Meade Plantation. In 1788, Indians scalped, killed, and “chopped” Mr. Dunham and later burned his cabin. His son rebuilt the cabin and the family remained in residence until they sold the farm to John Harding in 1807. The property was considered a well-watered tract of land with Richland creek flowing through the middle of the property. The creek bed made up a section of the Natchez trace and the constant flow of travelers along the Natchez Trace meant a steady flow of business for John Harding, at Belle Meade.
(photos, center) You are standing on the original site of the Blacksmith shop.---John Harding’s saw mill and blacksmith shop were valuable sources of income. Ben, the blacksmith, was an enslaved worker purchased by John Harding in Richmond in 1806 and the only documented run-away slave owned by the Harding family.
(photo,lower right) In 1814, troops under General John Coffee stopped at Harding’s blacksmith shop to have their horses shod, on the way to aid General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812. John Harding’s son, William Giles said that his most memorable childhood recollection occurred in 1815 when he
Erected by Belle Meade Plantation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Natchez Trace series list.
Location. 36° 6.412′ N, 86° 51.953′ W. Marker is in Nashville, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Harding Pike (U.S. 70S) 0.2 miles north of Leake Avenue, on the right when traveling north. This marker is on the grounds of the Belle Meade Plantation. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War on the Home Front (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Belle Meade Plantation (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Belle Meade Plantation (about 400 feet away); Belle Meade Farm Freedom (about 500 feet away); Belle Meade Golf Links Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Parmer School Hillwood Estates (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Harpeth Hall School (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . . Belle Meade Plantation. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 838 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on March 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.