Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Belle Meade Plantation

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.bellemeadeplantation.com

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve and interpret the historical value of Belle Meade Plantation and to inform the public about its significance in American culture.

Main Programs

  1. School Programs
  2. Interpretative Experience
  3. Special Events
  4. Curatorial Efforts
  5. Equestrian Efforts
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

As a premier tourist destination, Belle Meade Plantation serves clients on a national and international level every single day. Many of our members, donors, and patrons are from the immediate Nashville area.

ruling year

N/A

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Mr. Alton Kelley

Keywords

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DAVIDSON special events fundraising summer camp weddings curatorial memorabilia civil war era school programs gardens group tours tourism destination equestrian horses museum mansion

EIN

62-0762959

 Number

2681097269

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

History Museums (A54)

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In our Bicentennial year Belle Meade Plantation has been committed to the preservation of the complete story of our historic site since 1972. The whole story includes horses, people, places, landscape and the role that these factors played on the farm. From the evolution of a log cabin hewn from the wilderness to an opulent plantation era home and renowned thoroughbred nursery and stud; from slave artisans and craftsmen to freed men with nationally recognized talents and skills, we continue with our preservation mindset of the love and care of our landscape. It is all here with a fascinating story to tell from the past generations to the present. Belle Meade Plantation provides a link between Nashville's roots for this and future generations.

Three of our major initiatives this year are:

1. The ongoing preservation of the ca. 1889 Dairy building for use in tours and educational groups.

2. Bringing thoroughbred horses back to the plantation for interpretation purposes.

3. Etablishment of a fund to provide no-cost student field trips.

 

Three major accomplishments from the past year include:

1. Painting and preservation of our magnificent Carriage House & Stables.

2. Stucco repair and resoration work of Belle Meade Mansion.

3. Restoration of slave/Irish built walls surrounding our property, which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

School Programs

We offer a wide variety of Student Tour options that can be customized by age group, area of study and length of stay. Each group receives a knowledgeable instructor to escort them as well as an interactive learning experience. Our programs also include Teacher Workshops, a Speakers’ Bureau that provides lectures to various community organizations, and Indian Summer Camps for children in preschool through fourth grade.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$98,368.00

Program 2

Interpretative Experience

Our interpretation program focuses on giving every guest that visits Belle Meade Plantation a unique experience that transports them back to the 19th century. With costumed interpreters giving daily mansion tours and attending to visitors of all ages, our interpretation program is just one of the many ways that Belle Meade stands out among historical sites in the Greater Nashville area and beyond.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$215,475.00

Program 3

Special Events

The special events we hold at Belle Meade Plantation are integral from both a fundraising perspective and a community perspective. People and businesses from all over the area support our special events as sponsors, patrons, vendors and by serving on special event committees. Some of these events include: Entirely Entertaining, a spring luncheon featuring a table-decorating contest; Fall Fest, our annual craft and antique show featuring hundreds of vendors; and an Annual Golf Tournament at Belle Meade Country Club that debuts this year.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$276,415.00

Program 4

Curatorial Efforts

The Curatorial department exists to preserve, conserve, and interpret the historical collections at Belle Meade, and to research and produce exhibits and interpreter costumes. Our curatorial team is dedicated to research and historical accuracy and we have a talented and versatile staff with a passion for this site.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$67,037.00

Program 5

Equestrian Efforts

Under the vision of our new President, we have been striving towards bringing many aspects that characterized Belle Meade in the 19th century back to the grounds. A major part of this has been visiting the possibilities of re-entering into the equestrian world. We are currently in the process of acquiring permission to have horses on our grounds once again for limited periods of time. This initiative will greatly enhance our education and interpretation efforts and we are looking forward to entering the exciting equestrian world.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

As a premier tourist destination, Belle Meade Plantation serves clients on a national and international level every single day. Many of our members, donors, and patrons are from the immediate Nashville area.

Funding Needs

1. The ongoing preservation of the mansion and artifacts. 2. The preservation and further development of entire historic landscape. 3. Continuing development of education programs, including helping needy students and schools finance field trips. 4. Further interpretation of the role played by African Americans in the History of Belle Meade becoming the nation’s leading thoroughbred nursery. 5. Interpretation of equestrian history and on-going preservation of carriages, stables and tack.

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Operations

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Belle Meade Plantation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Alton Kelley

BIO

For 15 years, Mr. Kelley served as the Executive Director of the Middle Tennessee Convention and Visitors Bureau based in Columbia, Tennessee. He has served as a board member of the South East Tourism Society, the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites and numerous other industry related boards. Mr. Kelley also possesses experience in the hotel industry and held previous management positions with Opryland Hotel and the Hermitage Hotel. Mr. Kelley is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a double major in marketing and management.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"For two hundred years Belle Meade Plantation has opened its doors to Nashville and its visitors. Today this National Registered home remains preserved and open daily to the public despite receiving no funds from state or federal sources. New emphasis is being placed on the entire historic fabric of our 20 plus acres including trees, gardens, stone walls and all out-buildings. The equestrian history is also being emphasized as is our African American history as it relates to the skilled workers that trained, groomed and rode our thoroughbreds to victory and made Belle Meade the nation’s leading thoroughbred nursery. We hope to expand our education offerings to school children to allow all kids, regardless of ability to pay, the chance to attend educational outings and summer camp offerings. Belle Meade Plantation is a living, breathing historic site that offers children and adults the chance to learn, relax and just enjoy the splendor of this part of Nashville’s history that vibrantly enters its third century welcoming Nashville’s guest. We hope you will join us on the journey. Regards, Alton Kelley, President, Belle Meade Plantation"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Rochford

Rochford Realty & Construction

Term: June 2004 - June 2010

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