Each year, Cheekwood Estate and Gardens welcomes over 225,000 visitors and yet many Nashvillians don’t know the rich history behind the mansion or its connection to Maxwell House. 

We’ve rounded up some interesting facts for you about Cheekwood and the history behind the museum and botanical gardens. Photos are courtesy of Cheekwood.org and the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Cheekwood’s newest attraction, Cheekwood Harvest, opens up this weekend. They’ll have more than 5,000 chrysanthemums on display, scarecrows handmade by folks from Nashville, and a structure made out of pumpkins that’s filled entirely with…pumpkins. 

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