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Belle Vue (Bellevue, Tennessee)

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Area  0 acres (0 ha)
NRHP Reference #  73001758
Built  c. 1820
Added to NRHP  25 October 1973
Belle Vue (Bellevue, Tennessee)
Location  7306 Old Harding Road, Bellevue, Tennessee, U.S.
Architectural style  Colonial Revival architecture

Belle Vue is a historic mansion in Bellevue, a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It was a Southern plantation worked by enslaved African Americans prior to the American Civil War of 1861-1865. After the war, it remained in the same family until the 1970s.

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Location

The mansion is located at 7306 Old Harding Road in Bellevue, a suburb of Nashville in Davidson County, Tennessee.

History

The house stood in this spot as a two-storey log cabin prior to 1818, when Abraham Louis DeMoss, Sr. purchased it. DeMoss lived here with his wife, Elizabeth Newsom DeMoss and their enslaved workforce. When DeMoss departed for New Orleans, Louisiana in 1820, the wealth he had garnered from the work of enslaved laborers, allowed his wife to expand the footprint of the house. It was redesigned in the Classical Revival architectural style, with French block-printed wallpaper in the parlor. It was also renamed "Belle Vue", which means "Beautiful View" in French.

After Abraham Louis DeMoss, Sr. died in 1820, his widow lived in the house with her son, Louis DeMoss, Jr. After the latter died, the house was inherited by his son, William E. DeMoss, a physician, who lived here with his mother. After the war, DeMoss married Tabitha Allison in 1871. When she died in 1916, the house was inherited by her nephew, T. A. Baugh. By 1947, Baugh attended electricity to the house and moved in with his wife.

In 1972, the house was purchased by Sparky Forster, with only seven acres left around the house.

Architectural significance

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since October 25, 1973.

References

Belle Vue (Bellevue, Tennessee) Wikipedia


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