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Monday, July 6, 2020

Checkerboard Picnic Table at Riverfront Park

Checkerboard Picnic Table at Riverfront Park

Over the last few years, downtown Nashville's Riverfront Park has expanded to the Ascend Amphitheater. Close to the amphitheater are some outdoor ping pong tables and colorful picnic tables with painted board for checkers or chess.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Sweetens Cove Primitive Baptist Church

Sweetens Cove Primitive Baptist Church

From Wikipedia:
Primitive Baptist Church of Sweeten's Cove is a historic Primitive Baptist church in Marion County, Tennessee, located in the Sweeten's Cove area in the Sequatchie Valley, about 7 miles north of South Pittsburg.

Sweeten’s Cove, which is identified as Sweeden’s Cove in some old maps and documents, was an area of early settlement, primarily by members of the Beene (Bean) and Raulston (Roulston) families. The church was established around 1821 as Union Primitive Baptist Church. It adopted its current name in 1834. The church building was completed in 1853.

On June 4, 1862, Sweeten's Cove was the site of a minor battle between Union Army forces under General James Negley and a Confederate cavalry unit led by Colonel John Adams. Twenty unidentified Confederate soldiers who died in the battle are buried in the Bean-Roulston Cemetery, which is about 0.7 miles (1.1 km) north of the church.

The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Trail of Tears came through Smyrna

The Trail of Tears came through Smyrna

This PDF document can explain it a lot better than I could:

In 2012, the Native History Association discovered a previously unknown segment of the Trail of Tears where it crossed the Stones River at the former town of Jefferson.

This website tells you how to get there:

It's a 2.5 mile hike starting from the parking lot at the East Fork Recreation Area. New signs here point out it is a Trail of Tears site. The trail starts by passing an abandoned picnic area of the park. The trail will proceed along a closed gravel road: Central Valley Road past a closed water treatment plant. The path goes through a farmland, and then a muddy horse trail. Once the trail makes a 90 degree turn to the left, you are on the old Trail of Tears path.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church - Selma, Alabama

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church - Selma, Alabama

From Wikipedia:
Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church is a church in Selma, AL. This church was a starting point for the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and, as the meeting place and offices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Selma Movement, played a major role in the events that led to the adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The nation's reaction to Selma's "Bloody Sunday" march is widely credited with making the passage of the Voting Rights Act politically viable in the United States Congress.

It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on June 16, 1976 and later declared a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1982.

For more of the story:

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Childhood School of Tina Turner

Childhood School of Tina Turner

The Flagg Grove School was the childhood School of Tina Turner. The school has been preserved and relocated to be a Tina Turner Museum, and it's free to visit. Inside the school museum are several of Turner's performance outfits, gold records and photos. A portion of the inside is recreated to look like the school would have appeared when she was a student.

Inside Tina Turner's Flagg Grove School

This is one of the exhibits at the conveniently located West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. It is just off Interstate 40 at exit 56. The free museum has several exhibits of West Tennessee including: Tina Turner's School, Sleepy John Estes home, West TN Music, Cotton, Hatchie River and Lincoln exhibits.

Tina Turner Museum / Flagg Grove School

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

I.W.P. Buchanan House - Lebanon, TN

I.W.P. Buchanan House - Lebanon, TN

This home is stop #10 on the Historic Lebanon Driving tour. Here is the text from that brochure:

428 W. Main St.
The Queen- Anne style Victorian house built by I.W.P. Buchanan is a George Barber design. Barber was a well-known American architect headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1888. Construction began on the home in 1894 and was completed in 1897.

Isaac William Pleasant Buchanan (1866-1943) came to Lebanon as a child when his father, Dr. A.H. Buchanan, accepted a teaching position at Cumberland University. Buchanan would receive his bachelor and doctorate degrees from Cumberland and serve as professor of mathematics at the school in 1894-1898.

Buchanan was a natural at mathematical and mechanical applications. He held several patents and in addition to founding the Castle Heights School in 1901, also designed its Main Administration building. Buchanan married Willie Conn Elkins in 1892.

The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tellico Blockhouse site

Tellico Blockhouse site

From Wikipedia:

The Tellico Blockhouse was an early American outpost located along the Little Tennessee River in Vonore, Monroe County, Tennessee. Completed in 1794, the blockhouse operated until 1807 with the purpose of keeping the peace between nearby Overhill Cherokee towns and early Euro-American settlers in the area in the wake of the Cherokee–American wars. The Tellico Blockhouse was the site where several treaties were negotiated in which the Cherokee were induced to cede large portions of land in Tennessee and Georgia. During this period, the blockhouse was the site of official liaisons between the United States government and the Cherokee.

The Tellico Blockhouse site is located at the junction of Nine Mile Creek and the Little Tennessee River (now Tellico Lake), just off U.S. Route 411 between Maryville and Vonore. Fort Loudoun was located just across the river to the west, but was in ruins by the time the blockhouse was built.

For much more history:

Monday, June 29, 2020

Hume-Fogg High School front entrance - Nashville

Hume-Fogg High School front entrance - Nashville

Hume-Fogg High School is a public academic magnate school located in downtown Nashville. The five-story Tudor Revival building opened in 1912 when two schools merged. The school building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. For more information:

A good friend of mine is a Hume-Fogg alumnus. I showed him this picture and he said that sometimes going to class felt as daunting as the photo represents.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Restored Coca-Cola Mural - Cookeville, TN

Restored Coca-Cola Mural - Cookeville, TN

In 2015, a store owner in the Cream City Depot District in Cookeville was renovating the exterior of his building. When removing the stucco, they found a forgotten Coca-Cola mural. From there, they contacted Coca-Cola who has been restoring vintage ads throughout the region. On Sept. 4, 2015, the city unveiled the restored mural with the 'Silhouette girl.'

Full story:

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Heigold House facade - Louisville, KY

Heigold House facade - Louisville, KY

text of the historic marker:
Christian Heigold, a German immigrant and stonecutter, came to Louisville sometime prior to 1850, and in 1857 he built his home at 264 Marion Street in an area known as the Point.

This was a period of unrest and attacks on Irish and German immigrants, not long after the infamous Bloody Monday incident in 1855. In order to prove his patriotism and loyalty to America, he carved inscriptions and busts of American notables into the facade of the house. Among the incised mottos is one reading, "Hail to the City of Louisville." Heigold died shortly after the facade was completed in 1865, and his son Charles lived there until his death in 1925.

The Heigold house was one of only a few structures on the Point to survive the Great Flood of 1937, and the only one still inhabitable. The house survived until 1953 when the city purchased the property in order to expand the city dump.

Mayor Charles Farnsley saved the facade of the house from demolition by moving it to Thruston Park on River Road between Adams and Ohio streets. In June of 2007, the facade was moved to the entrance of historic Frankfort Avenue.

For more info: louisvilleky.com/louisville-uncovered-presents-the-heigol...

Heigold House facade detail of James Buchanan - Louisville, KY

"Hail to Buchanan, now and forever"

Heigold House facade detail George Washington - Louisville, KY