Belle Meade Farm Freedom

Belle Meade Farm Freedom (HM1B1R)

Location: Nashville, TN 37205 Davidson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 6.384', W 86° 51.864'

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In 1865 one hundred thirty six (136) enslaved men, women, and children at Belle Meade Farm gained their freedom. With this freedom they gained the right to choose where they would live and work. Seventy-two (72) farm workers continued under the employ of General Will Giles Harding, with 4 families continuing to live on the grounds and many others commuting to work each day from various neighborhoods around Nashville.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower left) The living quarters shown in this photograph were home to both enslaved families and later freedmen who continued to work on the Belle Meade farm. Many of these families occupied the structures until the mid 20th century. In the 1970s, the last remaining building was dismantled and moved to make way for new development.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower right) Our mission is to preserve and interpret the historical value of Belle Meade Plantation and to educate the public about its significance in American History. Through generous donations, Belle Meade Plantation acquired this half (1/2) acre of land in October 2001, thus preserving part of history nearly lost to development. Continuing efforts and archeology will tell us more about the material culture and lives of the families who lived here in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.
HM NumberHM1B1R
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 12:24pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 512204 N 3995758
Decimal Degrees36.10640000, -86.86440000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 6.384', W 86° 51.864'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 6' 23.04" N, 86° 51' 51.84" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Bellevue Dr W, Nashville TN 37205, US
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