After being in the Greater Nashville Area for a year, we finally made it to Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. This visit was my Mother’s Day present and I’m so glad we went.
Originally the home of the Cheek Family, the 11 bed / 12 bath mansion was completed in 1932, complete with two elevators, a hidden staircase, and library. The property butts up to a state park, which extends the already impressive views and creates a seemingly impossible woodland oasis in the middle of metropolitan Nashville. In 1957 daughter Huldah offered the the buildings and surrounding grounds for public use as a garden and fine arts center. Encompassing 55 acres, Cheekwood is now a highly-rated botanical garden and art museum, and a top cultural attraction in the area.
If you’re read my blog for any period of time, you know I adore exploring antebellum homes. From the spiral staircase to the brass light fixture, there is eye candy for days. We could have explored the library alone for hours.
The Second Floor is an art museum which features pieces from the family, as well as rotating exhibits. This is but a sample.
In recent times, artist Bruce Munro installed the Bell Chandelier. The modern design juxtaposed with the period furnishings is eye catching. The docent advised us to turn our cameras to selfie mode and hold it directly under the chandelier for a light effect surprise. Too cool!
There are formal gardens, water gardens, hidden gardens, and even a Zen garden. Everything is perfectly manicured and there are so many perfect backdrops for photos.
Sean Kenny’s Nature Pop
Nature Pop is a Lego art installation currently on display. It features 38 sculptures made from actual Lego bricks. The bright colors and whimsical designs are meant to stand in contrast to the natural background. There are installations inside and outside. One could make a scavenger hunt to engage even the littlest guests. Here are a few of our favorites.
The exhibition runs through September 5, 2021.
Before You Visit
- As of the date of this post, advanced reservations are required.
- Cheekwood’s rescheduling policy is not very flexible. Only one change is allowed and there is a $3 processing fee.
- Ticket options include the mansion and gardens, and just the gardens. I recommend both.
Our visit was the perfect Sunday afternoon outing. I would definitely recommend as a half-day activity when visiting Nashville.
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