October 9, 2:00-4:30pm – Myers Brown, “The Belmont’s Landscape”

Adelicia Acklen, Portrait by William Brown Cooper
History buffs as well as rosarians will not want to miss the October 9,2022, meeting of the Nashville Rose Society at Belmont University. Our speaker will be Meyers Brow, Executive Director of Belmont Mansion. His presentation will explore the gardens and landscaped environment surrounding Adelicia Acklen’s summer home, Belmont Mansion.

The home featured gardens, statuary, aviary and zoo and included a steam engine powered water tower to provide irrigation. This unrivaled wonder impressed Nashvillians and outsiders alike but was heavily damaged by the Union troops who constructed earthworks on the property during the American Civil War.

Myers is a Fellow and a current officer of the Company of Military Historians and is on the advisory boards for the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association. Prior to joining Belmont, he served as Director of Archival Collection Services and Chief Historian at the Tennessee State Library and Archives. He previously worked as a curator with the Tennessee State Museum, the Alabama Historical Commission, and at the Atlanta History Center. He also served as the chairman of the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

He is the author of two books: Images of Tennessee’s Union Cavalrymen (published in December 2008) and Images of Tennessee Confederates (April 2011). He served as editor of the Best of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Volume 5, Nathan Bedford Forrest and the Confederate Cavalry in West Tennessee (published April 2013).

The October meeting will be held at the Ayers Academic Center (Rooms C & D) at Belmont University, 1515 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, just off Wedgewood Avenue. Ayers Academic Center is Building #8 on the Belmont campus map, and is the building next to the Inman Center where the Frist Lecture Hall is located (location of previous NRS meetings).

Parking: The Ayers Academic Center is located at the corner of Wedgewood and 15th avenues on the northern front of campus. The entrance to the parking garages for both buildings is the same as we used last year. There are two elevator banks in the garage underneath the Ayers Academic Center – the South and North elevators. Members should park by, then use, the North elevators to the 4th floor. These open up directly across from our meeting room – which is Ayers C & D. It is not easy to find the meeting room from the South elevators!