The Tennessee Agricultural Museum is located on the grounds of the Ellington Agricultural Center. A renovated plantation barn that houses a collection of 19th and 20th century home and farm artifacts.
The self guided tour is free for individuals. If you want a group guided tour, you must have a group reservation and pay a fee. This is great for schools because you get demonstrations and educational programs. While I was there, they had a lower grade school class there. The demonstrators did a very professional job of portraying each section, and were very entertaining.
Outside there are log cabins, a small farm house, kitchen herb garden, perennial garden and nature trail is also part of the museum tour.
Inside the Agricultural Museum the artifacts date from the beginning of Tennessee agriculture. The displays are not only of early farm tools and equipment, but household goods and equipment. It gives an understanding of what both men and women on the farm had to work with.
Above is the old Black Smith Shop. Its job was to make repairs to metal parts including horse shoes.
These washing machine required a little more work than the ones we have today. The picture above shows the tub, stove for iron and other tools needed to do the laundry.
As you wind around the museum you will see many items of interest. The displays are grouped to give a general theme for each section. There is also an upstairs where the loft was converted to hold displays such as the Harness Shop in the picture below.
Outside, there is a walking trail called the Forest Discovery Trail. It starts at the log cabins and have twelve designated stops. You will need an information guide, and if you have children, adult supervision is required. The trail shows valuable products and benefits found in Tennessee forests.
Below is a YouTube video about the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.
If you would like to go to the Tennessee Agricultural Museum the
address is 440 Hogan Road, Nashville, Tennessee, 37204. The number is
615-837-5197 if you need to call. When you come
to the museum, remember it is on a campus, and it isn't up front. You
must keep to the right and when you see farm barns, look for the museum.
The hours are 9 am to 4 pm during the week.