Cheekwood is considered one of the finest American Country Place Era estates in the nation. Formerly the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek, the extraordinary 1930s estate, with its Georgian mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas, today serves the public as a botanical garden, arboretum, and museum with historic rooms and art galleries, showcasing works from its 7,000 piece permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. The property includes 12 distinct gardens and a mile-long woodland trail featuring modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture.
As part of its 60th anniversary as a public institution, Cheekwood will open the new Bracken Foundation Children's Garden this March, featuring two acres of private gardens, secret nooks, hidden spaces and water features, including a Turtle Pond, Wishing Well, Art Studio, Living Library, Labyrinth, Adventure Walk, and Little Woods designed especially for toddlers with a Tea House, Story Tree, Fairy Garden and more.
Cheekwood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, was voted Best Museum and Tourist Attraction by Nashville Parent, Best Outdoor Fun by Nashville Scene, and is a USA Today Top 10 Botanical Garden.