Thursday, September 19, 2019

Honky Tonkin' ~


Franklin, Tennessee, is just south of Nashville, so we spent a day there.  I can't say I'd ever been to a honky tonk.  I learned they were very loud ~ so loud with bands playing you can't even hear yourself think.  They were mostly packed and this was in the middle of the afternoon and already past peak tourist season.

Our first stop was the American Pickers store.  What a tourist trap!  Mostly a souvenir shop, with a few very overpriced antiques.


Also, a few oddities.



I had no idea vintage Tennessee license plates were in the shape of the state.


The same building that housed the above mentioned store, was once home to Marathon Motor Works.  That is a car company I had never heard of.



There are only eight known Marathon cars, and three of them were displayed.



I had no idea there was a full size replica of the Parthenon in Nashville.



Forty two foot high statue of Athena inside.  (The tallest indoor statue in the U.S.)  She is holding a six foot statue of Nike in her upturned palm




Friend Wink jammin' :)


The main reason we went to Nashville was so that she could find another pair of cowboy boots.  She did!


A party bike :)  They actually pedaled it down the main street.


This sign cracked me up.


Our last major stop before heading home to Ohio was to tour the Carter House.  Part of the Battle of Franklin took place on this property.  You can read more here.


 A log cabin on the property.




Another building situated near the main house.  Note all the bullet holes.



It was a great little get away with a dear friend.  She and I go WAY back . . . I actually met her in Spain.  She then spent the school year at Bowling Green State University where I was an undergraduate student and she was pursuing her master's.  Friendships like ours are one in a million and I am thankful to call her friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tennessee ~


Our first stop on the Tennessee trip was at the Ellington Agricultural Center and Brentwood Hall.  This antebellum mansion is the home of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  I was fortunate to know someone who works on the grounds and was able to give us a personal tour.  It pays to know someone :)



This "someone" is Carmen who I met a couple times in Ohio and just last week saw her at the Woolkeepers hook in.  I sort of invited us to her house and she was the hostess with the mostess, giving us a tour and feeding us a yummy dinner.  She is a cross stitcher extraordinaire, excellent hooker, quilts and who knows what else.  Oh, she also designs cross stitch patterns.  Carmen, Wink and I thank you and hubby for your hospitality!


I'm embarrassed to admit how little I know about the Civil War, but this trip has inspired me to learn more.  The Battle of Franklin was fought there on November 30, 1864.  In just five hours, there were nearly 10,000 casualties in its wake; 2,000 dead, 7,000 wounded, and 1,000 missing.  You can read more about it here. 

The Confederate Monument, also know as Ship, or our Confederate Soldiers, is located on the grounds of the Williamson County Courthouse in the County Seat - Franklin Tennessee.  Installed in 1899, it is an Italian marble statue portraying a single Confederate soldier atop a tall column and base, intended to commemorate contributions of the Confederate States Army.  

On August 17, 2017, a petition was circulated calling for its removal.  Another petition to keep the monument was also started.  Both petitions had thousands of signatures by late August.  Franklin's city administrator said the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act prevented the city from removing the monument without the consent of the Tennessee Historical Commission.  As of December 2018, the issue was in litigation.  I personally am against removing the statue.  History should not be erased.


Carnton, seen below, was used as a Civil War Field Hospital.  You can read  more here.




On the grounds, the family cemetery houses two distinct sections.  In one are the graves of McGavock family members and friends.





The other portion has many crudely marked graves.  It is believed this is the burial place for some of the McGavock slaves and later laborers.




Throughout the cemetery stone columns marked how many from each Confederate state were killed.  



The Rest Haven Cemetery is located in Franklin.





Also at Rest Haven Cemetery.





Thanks for coming along on the first days of our trip.  More to follow.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Monday, September 9, 2019

One Down, Three to Go ~


Woolkeepers Hook In, held annually in Danville, IN, is so much fun.  About 30 vendors selling a variety of items.  Mostly hooking related items, but also baskets, soaps, altered art, punch needle, applique patterns and more.  My sales were so-so, but I did too good a job supporting the other vendors :)

Melissa's and my booth.




I even remembered to take a few pictures of other booths.












I will be vending three more times this fall.  Almost too busy, but I must support my hooking/antiquing habits :)  I have three hooking classes at the beginning of October (OMG ~ 3 new rugs) and had chosen 2 of the three that I will be hooking.  I saw this one in the booth of Heavens to Betsy and fell in love, so this is what I will be hooking in Caroline Twigg's class.


This evening, I will be heading to southern Ohio to meet up with college friend Wink and tomorrow morning we will be heading for Franklin, TN, to spend a few days.  I hear it is a wonderful, historic town.  Kris Miller is having a rug camp there in October (that I am not attending ~ boo hoo ~ maybe next year).  Hopefully I will have lots to share upon my return.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren