Starting the Adventure

Nashville Travel Blog

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I had driven the hour to Becky's the night before so we could hit the road at six this morning. We actually left her town between 6:30 and 7:00 but we still made decent time on our journey southward. We didn't need to stop a lot. We did stop at the Kentucky welcome center and then later for lunch at a McDonald's about an hour from Nashville. We spent the drive talking, never needing to turn on the radio.

Our first stop in Nashville was Andrew Jackson's Hermitage (where we did our best to park in some shade as my car's air conditioning was not really behaving). We wandered through the museum first and then headed up to the house. At the house we got caught in a line but the wait wasn't too bad (plus we were in the shade).

Inside the house we learned about Andrew Jackson, his wife Rachel, and a little bit about the children that lived in the house. We were able to see the downstairs which had the parlor as the main "attraction." Upstairs were several bedrooms and a spacious hallway in the middle that in the 1800's doubled as a setting room area or extra bedroom. While the tour was guided, we had multiple guides who passed us from one section of the house to another along with the warning not to touch anything since so much was original.

Outside we walked along the porch to see the butler's pantry and the dining area. After this we went through the gardens (part of which was being set up for a wedding) and also saw the small family graveyard with the domed memorial to the president and his wife and then simpler tombstones for the others which included a former slave who had been instrumental in the possibility of the proper becoming open for tours.

From here we walked along the property past the springhouse to where the first Hermitage had stood (later converted in slave quarters).

After a brief visit to the gift shop (and taking the obligatory photo of our heads in place of Jackson's on the twenty dollar bill ;), we were back on the road, this time more into the city for brief forays onto the campuses of Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. Nothing was really open at this time and season but it was cool to get to say that we had been there at least. We did walk through one student building at Vanderbilt and saw a very large dining space. I also found the roses at Belmont gorgeous!

We then drove a short distance to the park where the Parthenon is located. As we got out of the car, we could hear music coming from our left; a concert was in its final minutes.

We strolled along the lake that the Parthenon overlooks and took a few photos.

Dinner was at Hattie B's which had a very long line out the door (and an overcrowded parking lot--let's not talk about my parking job...) but Becky had heard about the place on a TV show. The wait was worth it. The chicken was delicious and we got to watch some hockey on the TV screens even if we were hoping that the Penguins would beat the hometown team of the Predators.

Our hotel was in Franklin about a half hour south of the city but it was an easy drive. Once there we came up with a basic plan for the next day as well as got in a workout down in the small workout room.

Toonsarah says:
I do love a road trip!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2017
jacobi says:
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Posted on: Jun 16, 2017
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Posted on: Jun 16, 2017
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