Traditional music and railroad ride; American art

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

Flag of United States  , Tennessee
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Performing traditional music of the Tennessee Valley, Matt introduced songs from several local musicians plus traditional mountain tunes. He played the fiddle, banjo, and kazoo. Great voice and he gave an excellent introduction to the topic. I bought a CD so ask to hear it when I get back.

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is actually a working railroad staffed and maintained by enthusiastic volunteers. We took a school bus to the Grand Junction (main) station on Missionary Ridge, an important location for confederate soldiers during the first part of the Civil War. Our hour long train ride covered six miles and included a stop at the East Chattanooga repair shop and turntable. The turntable is delicately balanced so that, when the engine is in the correct location, four men can actually turn it the 180 degrees. Since none of us volunteered, they used a small motor to do the rotation.

After lunch we had docent-led tours of the main collection of the Hunter Museum of American Art. Much of the museum is housed in the former home of the Coca-Cola magnate George Thomas Hunter. The collection that we saw was nicely organized by artistic period, with each room containing a varied selection. A huge window in one of the galleries provided a dramatic view of the Tennessee River below.

The rest of the afternoon and evening were designated as "free time". I checked out the Moon Pie Shop, then headed toward my campground just south of the city. Stopped at Walgreen's and grocery store, then went "home" to wash clothes, empty tanks, and relax.
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Peg on

This is all very interesting.

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