Day 2: Nashville, TN
We got up very early so that we could eat at The Loveless Café. You may recognize the name from several television shows. Most notable, probably, was the “Throwdown” Bobby Flay had with Carol Fay “The Biscuit Lady.” We had made up our minds that The Loveless was going to be on our itinerary after watching this show. Carol Fay was such a charmer! I really looked forward to watching her during our visit.
Sadly, this was not to be. Carol Fay passed away quite suddenly in early April. So, I could eat the wonderful biscuits (previously, lovingly made by Carol Fay) that were now being made with care and reverence by one of her “disciples,” and some of the best jams I ever tasted. Those HAD been made and jarred by Carol Fay in past years. I knew, immediately, that I would have to buy some of those wonderful concoctions and bring them home.
After a stop in the Loveless store for t-shirts, mugs, and – of course – JAM, we were on our way back to the hotel to drop off our goodies. Seems we probably should have just gone directly to, but we wanted to pick up materials for, The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s home). Wouldn’t you know, Betty took us right back to The Hermitage which was on the way to The Loveless.
The Hermitage is beautiful. The household furnishings, photos, carriages, implements, and other exhibit items were all very well set up. I learned a lot about the Jacksonian presidency and the history of those times. However, I’ve always been more interested in the physical plant (the landscape and lay of the land) when visiting historic locations. I get more out of seeing the trees, gardens, barns, sheds, pump houses, and slave quarters than I do from exhibits and home furnishings (although learning that the Odyssey mural on the upstairs walls was a teaching tool was really cool). Those who have taken on the extreme chore of restoring and caring for this important, historic, landmark have done a tremendous job. They were having to deal with the flooding that brought such devastation throughout the Nashville area. Pumps were going, and a few of the outbuilding were closed, but all-in-all, it was a peaceful, beautiful and fascinating place to visit.
Our final sightseeing stop for the day was at the Tennessee State Museum. We just beat a pretty big storm. We had heard about this museum from some really nice people we met at Jim Beam. They told us that the museum was definitely worth the visit, and with Monday being Memorial Day, we knew we’d have to take in as much of it as we could on Sunday.
There’s a whole lot of walking involved, and I must admit I was pretty walked out, but it’s definitely someplace I’d like to go to again – with more time. Admission is free and there’s plentiful parking.
The highlights of the museum for me were actual belongings of Daniel Boone and the bench built by Davy Crockett. There were lots of early, native-American artifacts that I barely did justice to, and we virtually zoomed through the materials from the War Between The States. Again, this is someplace I’d like to visit often to really take in the different areas.
Early dinner at Caney Fork Restaurant was fun. The restaurant was on Music Row, but it was just high enough that the water didn’t reach there during the flood. They have really big catfish swimming around in the water feature inside. Would you believe that those fish actually BEG? We were warned not to feed them and complied, but it was more than a little disquieting to see a fish beg.
We headed back to the hotel and a well-earned night’s rest.