Belmont Mansion in Nashville, TN
Located on campus of Belmont University, this 19th century home served as the summer vacation house of Adelicia Cheatham, one of the richest women in the world. The enormous 19,000-square foot Italianate-style villa was built in the mid-1800s. And it was more than a home. Amenities of the Belmont Mansion included an art gallery, conservatories, lavish gardens, aviary, lake, and a zoo.
A collector of art, Adelicia amassed a large art collection, including five major marble statues by famous American artists working in the Rome at the time. Visitors can enjoy a one-hour guided tour of 16 of the most impressive rooms in the home as well as enjoy time to explore on their own the wonders of Belmont Mansion.