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Historic Homes and Honky Tonk

April 14, 2014



There are many historic homes in the Nashville area. This kind of sightseeing may or may not be of interest to Tim, but I will remind him that it will be my anniversary, too. I love looking at historical sites and especially homes that have historic significance.

The Hermitage is a historic plantation and mansion just minutes from downtown Nashville. It was owned by Andrew Jackson, our nation’s seventh president. The mansion sits on 1,120 acres. Besides the mansion and beautiful grounds, highlights to a visit to The Hermitage include the original Hermitage home, spectacular Southern gardens, a museum filled with historical information and artifacts, enslaved memorials, Jackson’s tomb, and much, much more.


Not far from the Hermitage is the Clover Bottom MansionThis Italianate house was built in 1858 for Dr. James Hoggatt and his wife Mary Ann. They lived there with their two nieces and the sixty slaves that they owned. With that many slaves the plantation was completely self-sufficient. Much of its prewar and early war history can be found in John McCline’s Slavery in the Clover Bottoms. McCline was born into slavery on the plantation and he remained there until the age of ten or eleven when he attached himself to a passing Federal regiment. It currently houses the Tennessee Historical Commission. The first floor is open for free public visitation, but visits have to be made by arranging an appointment in advance by calling the Commission.


The Belmont Mansion is another historic home I’d like to visit. The Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee and one of the few nineteenth-century homes whose history revolves around the life of a woman: Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham. She was reputed to be the wealthiest American woman of her time. A visit to this home includes a tour of nearly 10,000 square feet of the antebellum home and its beautiful architecture and a history of the life and legacy of its mistress.



The Carnton Plantation was built in 1820. It served as a Confederate hospital during the Battle of Franklin and now has a Confederate Cemetery on its grounds that holds the remains of nearly 1,500 Southern soldiers. Much of the home and plantation has been restored and revitalized. Its beauty has drawn people to have their weddings there.


The back of the house:



A garden view:



There are too many historic homes in the Nashville area to list here, but I will definitely squeeze in as many as I can on our trip. Since music and Tim’s love of it is the main focus of our anniversary getaway, I will include the Honky Tonk Highway in this post.

The Honky Tonk Highway in Nashville is a stretch of bars on Broadway known for their atmosphere and music. On the corner starting the famous strip is Legend’s Corner. Its walls are lined with thousands of vintage album covers. Next door to that is one of Nashville’s most famous honky tonks: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. A little further down is a cozy little place that offers traditional bluegrass: Layla’s Bluegrass Inn. The Stage is another club on this famous stretch of honky tonk bars. It offers a large dance floor in addition to its authentic music.

There are many, many more places worth mentioning along the Honky Tonk Highway. Since I don’t want to spend my whole vacation in bars, we will probably have to be choosy about which places we visit.  Tim will probably make those choices according to the musical aspect of our trip.


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