Nashville -- civil war, country music, good times

Trip Start Apr 06, 2014
Trip End Apr 20, 2014

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

A weekend visit with college friends Mari and Rollie included a jam-packed introduction to the wonders of Nashville and surrounding areas. Mari and I started off Friday afternoon with a visit to nearby Franklin and the Carter House which was the site of a disastrous Civil War battle in November, 1864. Union forces were positioned at the Carter farm, Confederate soldiers attacked, and the farmyard was the site of savage fighting for 5 hours - 2,000 dead, 6,500 wounded. Our tour guide told two stories - one of the Carter family and neighbors who hid in the basement and also the fighting from the perspective of the soldiers and generals. Franklin itself is a a beautiful town with many homes on the historic register.

Saturday morning we relaxed on the Wussow's beautiful deck and I had a chance to meet their children, grandchildren, and grand-dog, too.

Lunch\brunch was at the Belle Meade Plantation, previously a famous thoroughbred horse farm. Rollie drove us around to see the neighborhood sites and Nashville highlights including huge mansions, Vanderbilt University, Studio B and the area of town where all the recording studios are found, the state Capitol, Farmer's market, performing arts centers, and the music clubs -- already packed by mid-afternoon.

Andrew Jackson's home, Hermitage, has been a museum for 130 years. The mansion, out buildings, and grounds have been authentically maintained. Both interpreter-lead and audio tours were well-done. The museum adds details about the Jackson family and their lives.

We finished the day with a fun performance at the Grand Ole Opry. The 4,000 seat auditorium was packed. The schedule contained a great variety of styles of county music: traditional to modern, bluegrass to Cajun, the square dancers, too. Highlight of the evening for all of us who watch The Voice was the first ever appearance at the Opry of the Swon Brothers!

Thanks to Mari and Rollie for the great time and also to Ann, Mike, Ellie, Matthew, Michael, and Dorothy for the great conversations.
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Looks like a lot of fun in beautiful weather

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