Sunday, March 3, 2013

FREE Open House at Belmont Mansion, Nashville, Sunday, March 17 (1pm-4pm)

A Lasting Impression booksigning 2PM- 4PM in the gift shop

Have you ever heard the name Adelicia Acklen? Adelicia was the richest woman in America in the 1860s and was the inspiration behind my first wanting to write about the Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. Belmont Mansion, Adelicia Acklen's stunning antebellum home, is celebrating Adelicia's 196th birthday and the major restoration of her bedroom suite in style with a free open house! I'll be there that day signing copies of A Lasting Impression from 2pm - 4pm in the gift shop.

If you've read A Lasting Impression (that's set at the Belmont Mansion) or are part of a book club that has, why not consider coming for the FREE OPEN HOUSE that day from 1PM - 4PM. If you've not seen the Belmont Mansion yet, you're in for a treat!


Guests will be able to view the entire house, including the restored bedroom suite, an elaborate, two-decade project. There will also be storytelling and craft activities for children, as well as cake provided by local restaurant and gift shop, Savannah Tea Company. USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander will be there from 2PM-4PM signing copies of A LASTING IMPRESSION, the first of three Belmont Mansion novels based on the real history of the house and Adelicia Acklen.

In 1890, the mansion was turned into a school and dorm for the Ward-Belmont School. Adelicia's master bedroom suite was divided into dormitory rooms at that time.

Since being placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 the mansion has undergone meticulous restoration and has seen hundreds of original items returned. The master bedroom suite – Adelicia’s bedroom, the trunk room and the school room – was one of the mansion’s more difficult restoration projects and has taken more than 20 years to complete.

Among tasks done to return the bedroom suite to its original form included reproducing the faux wood graining; hand sewing and installing reproduction carpeting made in England; silver plating the door knobs; buying trims and tiebacks for the drapes, lace curtains and upholstery; and acquiring the wallpaper ceiling medallion and artwork needed to reproduce the suite’s original French wallpaper based on “The Adventures of Telemachus.”

Read more about the restoration process.

I hope to see you there!


  1. Oh,man...I wish we lived closer! I would LOVE to go : ). That would be a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! : ) Hope you have a wonderful turnout. ~Stacey

    1. Wish you could come too, Stacey! And thanks!

  2. I am trying to get my parents to let me come!! I think this would be an awesome opportunity!! Belle Meade was amazing, and ever since reading A lasting Impression I really wanted to see Belmont! Wish me luck on trying to convince my parents!

    1. SO hope you can come, Bailey! You'll love Belmont, and I'll love seeing you again.


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