Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is the former home of the Cheek family of Maxwell House coffee fame. The estate belonged to the family until 1957 when it was deeded to the community for use as a public garden and fine arts center. Since 1960, when it first opened its doors to the public, this institution has offered tours, programming, and exhibits for local residents and out-of-town visitors.
You’ll be amazed at the variety of gardens on the property. Carefully cultivated in partnership with community organizations like The Garden Club of Nashville and the Nashville Rose Society, the themed gardens range from a tranquil Japanese-style garden to the Herb Study Garden which shares information about herbs through its education and research programs. A sculpture trail lined with contemporary art winds through the woods for just under a mile. Native trees provide shade from the sun, creating a serene environment that can only be described as otherworldly.
The mansion itself is a well-restored example of Georgian-style architecture and design with classical symmetry and proportions. It houses the Museum of Art where you can see traveling exhibitions and curated displays featuring pieces from the permanent collection. Cheekwood staff and local instructors teach classes for kids and hold adult workshops and programs throughout the year. Seasonal festivals like Cheekwood in Bloom, Cheekwood Harvest, and Holiday LIGHTS are fun for the whole family. Be sure to stop by the on-site gift shops and treat yourself to a souvenir to remember your day at Creekwood.
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