Belle Meade Plantation

Dr. Renald Rene LaForce I had 4 kids. One of his daughters married William Harding. John Harding is William & Sarah’s grandson. John Harding was the owner of the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville TN.

John’s son William Giles Harding (named after his great grandpa & grandpa) eventually inherited the place. One of his daughters married a William Hicks Jackson & they lived there too. You should visit the site & read about all the people that once visited the plantation. But Jackson & his son died the same year then everything was sold off.

There used to be a Harding-Jackson Cemetery on the property. But new owners moved all of them to a local cemetery. But I believe the African American cemeteries are still there as well as the unmarked grave of Mr. Bob Green.

You should also visit the curator’s blog at http://bellemeadecurator.blogspot.com/ because he’s got more stories & pics. I just wish I’d known all this back when I visited Nashville as I would’ve blown off Graceland & went here instead. If you’re a Harding or a Jackson then you’re a cousin so you’re welcome here too. 🙂

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