Tennessee was the first state to place its agriculture department on an actual farm, and Ellington Agricultural Center set that historic precedent. Once a private estate, Ellington Agricultural Center is headquarters for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
A state-owned complex in south Nashville, Ellington is a fine urban birding site easily accessible for travelers. Just two miles east of Radnor Lake State Natural Area, Ellington is an oasis for solitary birding. With its 207 acres of diverse topography including woodlands, meadows and streams, it supports a wide range of bird life throughout the year. In 2005, trails were built throughout the campus, making birding the area much easier. A total of 124 species of birds have been recorded since October 2005. These include 30 warbler species and 10 sparrow species, as well as nesting Red-tailed Hawks, Eastern Bluebirds, Purple Martins, Common Yellowthroats and Red-winged Blackbirds.
Also, on the property is the Tennessee Agricultural Museum where you can see 19th-century home and farm artifacts, textiles, folk art, blacksmith and wood-working tools exhibited in a two-story plantation barn. Buggies, wagons, horse-drawn equipment, a McCormick reaper, a steam engine, log cabins, a farmhouse and gardens are on view.
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