Cheekwood Celebrates 60 Years

As Cheekwood celebrates 60 years as a historic home, arts center and botanical garden, Executive Director Jane McLeod reflects on its lasting legacy.

Originally the home of Leslie and Mabel Wood Cheek, this Georgian style mansion has become known for the expansive views of the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee. Thanks to conservation efforts of neighboring Warner State Park, Cheekwood remains one of the few examples of American Country Place Era estates that still retains its historical vistas as they looked in the in the early 20th century.

The Cheekwood estate has been opened to the public as a historic home, now museum, botanical garden and art center since 1960. Today visitors may tour the historical home, view its art collection and changing exhibitions, and roam the 55 acres of its grounds. Cheekwood’s ground includes winding pathways, a recently refurbished sculpture trail, award-winning gardens and an arboretum.

In celebration of Cheekwood’s 60th year as an iconic Nashville estate and garden, Executive Director Jane McLeod reflects on both the history and modernity of Cheekwood’s lasting legacy.

To learn more about the history of Cheekwood, watch NPT’s Cheekwood: A Masterpiece by Man & Nature.