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
(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 was six years old and sat by his family’s cabin and watched General Andrew Jackson ride by leading his men back from the Battle of New Orleans. William said that he “got a good look at the
Erected by Belle Meade Plantation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
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. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of the Belle Meade Plantation. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5025 Harding Pike, 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. 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); The Harpeth Hall School (approx. 1½ miles away); Percy Warner Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck (approx. 1.7 miles away); Luke Lea Heights (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nashville.
Also see . . . Belle Meade Plantation. (Submitted on October 3, 2013.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 39 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.