Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nashville

We left Gatlinburg around 8:30 and had a pleasant drive to Nashville, arriving at The Hermitage around noon (we gained an hour as we returned to CDT west of Knoxville).  We took a tour around Jackson’s house (around 8,000 sq.  ft.) and the grounds.  An audio tour was included in the ticket price, so we heard a lot of information.  The Hermitage was damaged by a fire in 1834 and has been restored to look as it did in 1836 when Jackson lived there after his two terms as president.  The home was lovely with some original furnishings and personal items of Jackson’s.  We found the tour interesting, as we both recently read Jon Meacham’s biography of Jackson titled  American Lion.  Jackson’s wife Rachel died shortly after he won the presidency in 1828.  Andrew and Rachel, along with other Jackson family members, are buried in a corner of Rachel’s Garden right by the house.  We arrived at our hotel around 3:45 and relaxed a couple hours.  This Hampton Inn hotel (very funky decor) is close to Music Valley Opryland, so we decided to walk to the Grand Ole Opry House.  It was a longer walk than we anticipated, but on the way we went through a very impressive and huge convention center.  Lots of people were going to see George Jones tonight.

We drove 226 miles today and walked about 6.8 miles.  In the three weeks we’ve been on the road, we’ve driven 3,749 miles and walked 97.8.

The Hermitage

Nashville Photos

The day started out comfortably in Gatlinburg, where it was about 70 this morning.  Later in the afternoon in Nashville the temperature was in the high 80s and very humid.

The Hermitage - Mannequins to scale

The Hermitage

The Hermitage - Back of house

The Hermitage - Rachel's Garden

The Hermitage - Rachel's Garden

The Hermitage

The Hermitage - Alfred's grave

The Hermitage - Andrew and Rachel's tomb

The Hermitage - First Jackson log cabin

Nashville - Opryland Convention Center

Nashville - Opryland Convention Center

Nashville - Grand Ole Opry House

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