Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trip to TN - Day 3

(Friday July 1st)
We all decided to go to Cheekwood which is a Botanical Garden (http://www.cheekwood.org/About/History_of_Cheekwood.aspx.).  The history is interesting as it has ties to Maxwell Coffee.  It honestly wouldn't have been on my list of things to do but it was nice and I enjoyed this large train exhibit they had set up.  I obviously like the little houses that were a part of the display.  The houses are representations of famous houses in TN, mostly Nashville I believe.

You can see some of the structure of the train exhibit:  (It was rather large and well done)

Then it was off to look at the gardens

Makenna did not want to miss any time with her new best friends...cousins Caitlyn and Anna

Then we went to the BelleMeade Plantation House (no pictures allowed inside).  http://www.bellemeadeplantation.com/index.php/Our-History/Our-History/  It's well known for the Thoroughbred horses that trace their bloodlines back to BelleMeade (such as Seabiscuit, Secretariet, Smarty Jones, and Giacomo, to name a few).
It still had a few slave cabins on the property that we could go look at:

After that it was trying to find a place to eat for late lunch.  We drove somewhere that was famous and quite packed.  Don't know what it was called as we didn't stay but it had pictures of a lot of famous country singers.  We just ended up at some Mexican restaurant.  Then we went back to the hotel for swimming and relaxing from the oppressive heat.

We sat around the pool, ordered pizza's for dinner and talked.  It was nice to hear the brother's and sister's talk about old times.

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