Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another Day Trip

This morning Mia, Honey and I left Paducah for Nashville, Tennessee.  Another day trip that promised not to take as long as the one to Maker's Mark on Tuesday.  Nashville is a quick, two hour, one hundred and twenty one mile trip from the location of the trailer.

We arrived in Nashville just before ten o'clock a.m.  I love country music but I just don't get all the museums, hall of fame's, and other hokey stuff that goes with the idolization of those who make the music.  We drove through downtown and visited the Broadway area where many of the smaller bars are the places where many of the stars of country got their start singing for free.  We saw the Hall of Fame but it is a huge building and frankly I didn't what to make Mia and Honey wait while I spent a bunch of time wandering through the building plus the cost is what I consider extremely high.
So we moved on and drove by the Capitol Building and some of the state offices.  There are some very old buildings in town and thank God we didn't have the trailer with us.  Some of the streets are so tight I wouldn't have made it around the corners.  We didn't stop.  The pictures are from the Internet.

I love history and Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's Home Of The People's President is just 15 miles outside of town.  It is a beautiful homestead that documents Jackson's history as a soldier, husband, father, farmer and two term President life.  We spent a few hours touring the grounds, home, and museum.  Filled with contradiction and conflict, a sense of style and destiny, politics not as usual and a love story, the life and times of the founder of what became the Democratic Party is beyond interesting.

The Revolutionary courier captured at age 13 later became a lawyer, moving to Nashville and becoming one of the founding members of Tennessee.  Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and then the Senate he was appointed colonel in the Tennessee militia.  He acquired the Hermitage plantation and had slaves working it for him.  In 1812 he became nationally famous as his defense of New Orleans and decisive victory of the larger invading British forces sparked his popularity.

In 1824 he was nominated for President but lost to John Adams.  Nominated again in 1828 he won the office but lost his wife, Rachel, who died just after the election. According to the brochure handed out to visitors, "His unconventional ideas and stands on controversial issues upset the status quo, brought muddy boots and common voices into the White House, and outraged the elite establishment."

These pictures are of the house, garden and property as we toured.
Outside the Museum

Presidents carriage

White Fence around the Home


Backside of the Home

Kitchen and Smoke House

House from the Garden

Andrew Jackson and wife Rachel's final resting place

Slave Quarters

Originally his home before building the big house, later converted to slave quarters.

I purchased a book on his life and times from Amazon for my Kindle.  It was less than a third of the cost of the hard copy version for sale in the gift shop.

We are looking forward to going to the Saturday Farmers Market in Mayfield, KY and then enjoying a quiet Memorial Day weekend here at the campsite.  Seems it might get a little warm.

Hope all is well and thanks for stopping by.

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