Mansion Historical Museum can be found on the Belmont University Campus.
1900 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.
Tel: (615) 460-5459 *
Described as the
most elaborate, antebellum Italianate-style villa built for that time period.
It is now a historical museum, open for tours. It's 36 rooms are beautifully decorated
with the antiques that Adelicia had collected and one can also see other works
of inspiring art, such as 4 of the 5 sculptures she had bought after the Civil
The fabulous gardens are still in existence, located around the Belmont
Tours are available by the mansion staff for individuals & groups. No matter how
big the group is when they come to visit, there are only 15 people to each tour
guide. Touring Hours Monday - Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm ///Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm
their Victorian, classy Grand Salon Room - Catering for Special Events at a reasonable
Dinner at Belmont....The Belmont Mansion offers for groups (25-85)
an elegant evening which includes a delicious dinner, a personally guided tour,
and fabulous live entertainment during coffee and dessert, for only $35 to $45
Progressive Lunch & Dinner Tours - Begin with lunch and a tour
at the Belmont Mansion, move onto afternoon refreshments and a tour at Travelers
Rest, ending with dinner and a tour at the the Belle Meade Plantation.
escape the heat of LA in the summer, this "summer home," Belmont, which
is an Italianate-style, 36 room, 19,000 sq. ft. villa, was created to be a work
of art to be enjoyed by the family and others. It was surrounded by lovely, well-landscaped
gardens. Besides the huge mansion and glorious gardens, This estate included an
"art gallery, conservatories, aviary, lake and zoo."
and Joseph had generous hearts. Because there was no park in Nashville, Adelicia
and Joseph opened up the gardens and the estate to the people of Nashville. They
also loved to entertain, and held wonderful parties and events at Belmont.
her second husband was killed in the war, she saw the writing on the wall and took
the initiative to secretly negotiate a deal with both sides to allow her cotton
shipment to be sold in England for $960,000, a nice nest egg to see her and her
4 children through reconstruction. She took her children to Europe after the end
of the Civil War, where she continued to collect art and bought 5 sculptures from
renown American artists working in Rome.
On the mansion's grounds Adelicia
started a college for women. Sometime after she got married again, she sold her
Belmont villa, under the condition that the school would continue on the property.
When she died, she left an endowment to support the college. The women's college
carried on from 1880 - 1913, when it grew bigger from 1913-1951. In 1951, the
Tennessee Baptist Convention started the second version of Belmont college which
was a co-ed college with high educational goals. In 1991, the college became a
university, growing to 2,800 students, becoming "a premier teaching university,
bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a consistently
caring Christian environment."
The mansion itself is now a historical
museum, and its grounds are part of Belmont University Campus, which is a fast
growing university. By 2006, Belmont University has doubled its size and expanded
in many ways. Offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate academic programs
through its seven colleges and schools.
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham may have been wealthy and lived a life enjoying
doing productive activities, giving to others and experiencing the finer things
of life, but she had to endure a lot of personal losses in her lifetime, yet carried
Adelicia was born into a wealthy, Nashville family in 1817.
As a young woman, her teen-aged fiancee died before he could marry her. Her first
marriage was to a wealthy, older man, Isaac Franklin, with whom she had four children,
who all died before they were 12. Isaac died after only 7 years into their marriage.
Adelicia was no wilting flower, but a courageous person, with savvy business sense.
Adelicia went forth with life with vigor and continued to run her 8,400 acre Louisiana
In 1849, Adelicia fell in love and married a young lawyer,
Joseph Acklen. After building, furnishing and landscaping their dream villa, Belmont
and its grand estate, Adelicia and Joseph settled down and had 6 children. Tragedy
struck again when her twin daughters died of scarlet fever. The Civil War came
to Louisiana, and her second husband was killed.
In 1887, she sold her beloved
Belmont and moved to Washington D.C. to live. She died later that same year. She
is buried in Nashville.
Adelicia in her lifetime, lost a fiancee, 2 husbands
and of course 6 children, which was the hardest, most painful loss to endure.
also sold her most beloved summer home, Belmont with the plan that her college
would continue, being financed by her endowment. She died in D.C. but came home
to Nashville to be buried.
can't quite rest in peace, and has set off motion detectors in Belmont and its
buildings at night.
She feels the urge to supervise the living, and keep
watch concerning her Belmont.
The full apparition of Adelicia,
attired in a 1800s style, ante-bellum gown, has been seen by the security guards,
students and museum staff floating around many parts of the villa, going about
her business, checking up on the living, making sure things are in place and are
being taken care of properly.
The living have come face to face with the
entity of Adelicia.
It was reported that a woman was walking down a hallway
one evening during an event, and who should she see face to face but the apparition
of Adelicia, dressed in a elegant evening gown. YIKES!
It was reported that
Adelicia appeared as a full, solid form and told a museum guide that the furniture
in one of the bedrooms were not arranged correctly!
A Psychic came in to investigate and reported:
She is still hurting from the loss of so many children. Adelicia is missing her
children, and is looking for the ones who had died so long ago.
was worried that Belmont would be torn down soon because the present Belmont University
is growing so fast, and the buildings are being renovated and new ones are being
Despite the high standards taken by responsible people to be sure to not
make or leave a mess on any property near the mansion, keep Belmont in terrific
condition, carefully preserving and maintaining the art and antiques, and using
the Grand Salon for events which she would approve of, Adelicia has made herself
a member on the staff, a harmless entity supervising in her own way.
children is an awful, painful, stressful experience for any parent. Adelicia lost
so many, due to illnesses which are now taken care of by medicine and vaccines.
Perhaps she didn't fully go through the mourning process because she had to be
strong and carry on for others. She now can't rest, despite the fact that they
are all on the other side waiting for her.
Sources include: belmontuniversity.edu * theshadowlands.net
johnnorrisbrown.com * belmontmansion.com * tennesseeencyclopedia.net