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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Model Railroad Bates Motel

2017 TN State Fair: Model Railroad Bates Motel

Happy Halloween!

At the 2017 Tennessee State Fair, the Model Railroaders from the Tennessee Central setup their railroad display. They have a similar setup every year, but this was something I'd never noticed before: a replica Bates Motel with the creepy mansion on the hill. Look closely and Norman Bates is coming down the stairs.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Family Lines System caboose - Ethridge, TN

Family Lines System caboose - Ethridge, TN

Most people who pass through Ethridge see all of the Amish stores along highway US43. However, the caboose is located in the small central business district along Depot St.

Family Lines System is a precursor to CSX with the consolidations of several other railroads into one: Seaboard Coast Line; Louisville & Nashville; Georgia Railroad; Clinchfield; Atlanta and West Point Railroad.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Mount Olivet Confederate Memorial Hall - Nashville, TN

Mount Olivet Confederate Memorial Hall - Nashville, TN

This structure was built in 1856, the year Mount Olivet opened. It was originally a holding vault as the earthen covering helped the deceased to be kept at cooler temperatures. Even as embalming procedures improved in the 1860s, this was used well into the 20th century. It was designed by architect Adolphus Heiman, who went on to die in the Civil War as a Confederate Colonel and is buried at Mount Olivet's Confederate Circle.

By 1997, the unused vault had fallen into disrepair with a fear of collapse. The local chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans repaired the vault and converted into a Confederate memorial. Today on the inside are displays of prominent Confederates who are buried at the cemetery including Mary Kate Patterson, John Bell, George Maney, William Bate & Adelicia Acklen.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Hernando de Soto Bridge

Hernando de Soto Bridge

The Hernando de Soto Bridge carries Interstate 40 across the Mississippi River and connects Memphis and Arkansas. The through arch bridge opened in 1973 and is a total of 9,432 feet including where it crosses Ark floodplains.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Monthaven - Hendersonville, TN

Monthaven - Hendersonville, TN

Monthaven, also known as the Leonard B. Fite House, is a historic home in Hendersonville, TN and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The exact date of it's construction is not known and has multiple additions. It was used as a field hospital during the Civil War with bloodstains soaked into the poplar floors. A few skirmishes occurred on the property as well. The historic building is now home to galleries and offices of the Hendersonville Arts Council. For the full story: hendersonvillearts.org/wordpress/?page_id=15

Monthaven - Hendersonville, TN

Monday, October 26, 2020

Cheatham County Courthouse - Ashland City, TN

Cheatham County Courthouse (Oct. 2014) - Ashland City, TN

The front of the Courthouse which is seen here serves as the main entrance with two columns and was built in 1914. An older section of the building is behind the front part and was built in 1869. If you view large, the words "Cheatham County Courthouse" appear above the front of the building. There is no "town square" in Ashland City, but this building faces the intersection on TN12 and TN49/249. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The County Jail was added to the back of the courthouse in the 1980s.

This visit was made during October 2014 when the county placed some Breast Cancer Awareness Month decorations on the grounds. These include a pink ribbon on the lawn, a pink wreath above the main entrance and pink bows on the lamps

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Beechgrove Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Beechgrove Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Located on Old US41 in Coffee County, north of Manchester. I can't find how old the building is, but on the sign is a memorial to William S. Watterson who dies in 1851 and was the founder of this congregation. There was a second marker for the cemetery being restored in 1994.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Kern Building - Knoxville, TN

Kern Building - Knoxville, TN

This Italianate building on Knoxville's Market Square was designed by Joseph Baumann and built in 1875 for Peter Kern. Kern was a German immigrant who opened this as a confectionery store and later became mayor.

This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Mall Building, and also had the name of Odd Fellows Hall. Today, the top two floors are the Hotel St. Oliver, while the Tupelo Honey Cafe is on the ground floor.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Mitchell House - Lebanon, TN

Mitchell House - Lebanon, TN

This home and the Castle Heights Military Academy is stop #13 on the Historic Lebanon Driving tour. Here is the text from that brochure:

The Mitchell House is a fantastic example of neoclassical style architecture. Built as the home of Castle Heights President, David Mitchell, it was completed in 1910. The three story, Sewanee sandstone structure has 10,600 square feet and many fine original features such as hand-carved woodwork, ornamental ceilings and an impressive staircase. In 1936 the building became the home of the Junior School for the Castle Heights Military Academy.

After the school closed in 1986, the home sat empty and neglected for over ten years. The Cracker Barrel Foundation, with its national headquarters in Lebanon, oversaw the complete restoration of the structure in 1998. Now the Executive Office of Sigma Pi Fraternity International, the building is a grand testament to the community’s preservation efforts.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Bob Sheehan Memorial Bridge - Nashville, TN

Bob Sheehan Memorial Bridge - Nashville, TN

Over the years, I have had several opportunities to photograph old truss bridges that have been converted to pedestrian-only for preservation. This is one of the rare bridges that I have driven over when it was still open for cars in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville.

When this bridge was originally built in 1928, it carried both directions of traffic along Lebanon Pike (US70) in Nashville. It is a riveted 8-panel Parker through truss with K-Hybrid panels with a total length of 525 ft. to cross the Stones River.

When Lebanon Pike needed to expand to two lanes in both directions, the Elmer Disspayne Sr Memorial Bridge was built parallel to this one to carry two eastbound lanes while the old bridge would carry two westbound lanes. Then when this bridge was structurally deficient in 2009 the Disspayne bridge was widened to carry all the lanes of traffic and this became part of the Stones River Greenway.

Using the historical Google streetview feature, you can get some good before and after views here:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Old State Bank Building - Decatur, AL

Old State Bank Building - Decatur, AL

From wikipedia:
The Old State Bank is a historic Jeffersonian-style bank building in Decatur, AL. It was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1934 and 1935. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 24, 1972, due to its architectural significance.

The Decatur branch of the Alabama State Bank opened its doors on July 29, 1833. It was authorized by the Alabama General Assembly in 1830 to be one of three branches of the Alabama State Bank. After outstanding debts of over $1 million were unable to be reformed the Decatur branch franchise was revoked. The building remained vacant until the 1860s when it was one of three buildings that survived the Civil War in Decatur. During the Battle of Decatur, the bank was used as headquarters for the Union forces in the area, and was also used as a hospital while battles raged outside. Such evidence of the battle remains in the form of visible bloodstains in one of the three vaults, slugs from musketfire, and Minie balls are still clearly seen in the walls of the building.

In 1881, the First National Bank opened its doors in the Old State Bank building. But, when First National Bank completed its new office in 1902, the bank building was used as a residence and office by Dr. J.Y. Cantwell. After signs of deterioration began to show themselves, Cantwell's grand niece, Mrs. W. B. Edmundson, deeded the building over to the City of Decatur in 1933. Management of the structure was vested to an eight member Board of Governors. The petition for restoration was presented to the Civil Works Administration and restoration commenced. Being one of only a handful of local buildings to survive the destruction of the American Civil War, and after going through the many changes over the years, the Old State Bank has become a symbol of historical significance.

By the year 1946, the building was deeded by its owner to the Morgan County American Legion, Post No. 15. At some point, the original bank building was completely obscured by a brick facade which also enclosed the front portico and columns. The appearance was simply a huge, ugly, brick warehouse and, by the early Seventies, the original history was long forgotten. As part of a plan to remove aging, blighted buildings, a demolition crew was contracted to tear down the old building with a wrecking ball. It was soon obvious that something unusual was present when the wrecking ball could tear right through the front wall at some places, but the heavy ball bounced off other spots. The invincible spots were found to be the five limestone columns hidden behind bricks for generations. (A few of the columns still carry wrecking ball scars.) The project to demolish the old, blighted warehouse quickly transformed into restoring this centerpiece of a newly formed historical district.

In 1972, the Old State Bank was named to the National Register of Historical Places at the age of 139 years. Three years later, in 1975, the American Legion, Post No.15, donated the Old State Bank building to the City of Decatur, AL. Plans for restoration were put together in the year 1976, as the bank turned 143 years old, and was put under the control of the Old Bank Board members. Restoration of the bank was finished in the year 1983, at the age of 150. In 1984, a curator was appointed, and daily tours were implemented. A second wave of detailed restoration was undertaken in the years of 1995-1996, and was led by noted preservation architect, Harvie Jones. Funding was provided by the Alabama Historical Commission, the City of Decatur, and the Old Bank Board of Directors. The City of Decatur commemorated the bank's 175th anniversary in 2008.

The architecture of the bank shows the influence of Thomas Jefferson's fusion of Palladianism with Roman temple forms. The five limestone columns across the front weigh 100-150 tons each and were mined in nearby Trinity. The pentastyle portico is highly unusual.

Old State Bank Building - Decatur, AL Old State Bank Building fountain - Decatur, AL Old State Bank Building - Decatur, AL

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

NCStL Train Depot - Lebanon, TN

NCStL Train Depot - Lebanon, TN

The NCStL Train Station located one block south of the Lebanon town square along highway US231 is stop #2 on the Historic Lebanon Driving tour. Here is the text from that brochure:

The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad Depot was built in 1916. Lebanon’s first depot was built in 1869 for the Tennessee & Pacific Railroad one mile south of the present site.

The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad acquired the line in 1877. The old depot was abandoned and a new depot built closer to the Square.

This depot was used until the last passenger train pulled out of Lebanon in the 1930s. Passenger Rail Service did not return until 2006 with the Music City Star.

Today, the old station is used as offices for Shenandoah Mills. On their website, they say:
Our home is the original Lebanon Train Depot, constructed in the early 1900′s. We have completely renovated the facility to preserve and restore it’s integrity as well as to keep our equipment fresh and innovative. In 1996, we were awarded the William Baird Beautification Award and the Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Cedar Tree award. shenandoahmills.com/about/

Monday, October 19, 2020

Gov. John Sevier Cenotaph - Nashville City Cemetery

Gov. John Sevier Cenotaph - Nashville City Cemetery

A Cenotaph is a memorial to someone who is buried elsewhere. This cenotaph is dedicated to John Sevier and was designed by noted architect Adolphus Heiman. Sevier is actually buried at the Knox County Courthouse in downtown Knoxville.

The Text reads:
Noble and Successful defender of the early settlers of Tennessee, the first and for twelve years governor, representative in congress, commissioner in many treaties with the Indians. He served his country forty years faithfully and usefully, and in that service died.


A few years ago, an associate challenged me to find all of the Tennessee Governor's burial sites. This is #13 in my quest, so I am finally taking it seriously. My list: SWT) William Blount 1) John Sevier 3) Willie Blount 9) James K Polk 13) William Trousdale 14) William B. Campbell 15) Andrew Johnson 17) William G. Brownlow 22) Alvin Hawkins 23) William B Bate 25) John P. Buchanan 35) Austin Peay 36) Henry Horton 44) Ray Blanton.
See all of them here.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

James K. Polk's Fountain

James K. Polk's Fountain

Also known as "Polk Memorial Fountain" this originally was located at Polk Place, which was the President's home in downtown Nashville. When Polk's home was torn down, the fountain was moved to the Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, TN.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Gibson GuitarTown - Johnny Cash

Gibson GuitarTown - Johnny Cash

In 2004, Gibson Guitars started the Nashville GuitarTown project which placed decorated Guitar statues (such as this one) around town. Then in 2006, the guitars were auctioned off for charity.

The Johnny Cash guitar was made by Marsha Rusk and is located in front of Curb Records along Music Row. it is next to the Carter Family guitar.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

McGavock-Gatewood-Webb House - Nashville, TN

McGavock-Gatewood-Webb House - Nashville, TN

Every year, Historic Nashville Inc. releases the "Nashville Nine." This is a list of endangered historic sites in Nashville. This house with a fascinating history made the list in 2011 but appears to be in better shape now than then.

From Wikipedia:
The McGavock-Gatewood-Webb House, also known as Blue Fountain, is a historic house in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. It was built in the 1840s.

The house is located at 908 Meridian Street in Nashville, the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. It is located opposite the Ray of Hope Community Church (formerly known as the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, built in 1925), between Vaughn Street and Cleveland Street. It is in the neighborhood of Cleveland Park, in East Nashville. It is East of Downtown Nashville, and East of the Cumberland River.

The house is linked to the McGavock family. In 1754-1755, James McGavock moved from County Antrim, Ireland to Philadelphia. By 1765, his son, David McGavock, acquired 640 acres of land East of the Cumberland River, though he did not live here. (Another son, Randal McGavock, who served as the Mayor of Nashville from 1824 to 1825, built the Carnton plantation in Franklin, Tennessee.) The estate was divided into two sections for each of his two sons: John McGavock inherited 320 acres, as did James McGavock.

Shortly before his death, James McGavock built this house, known as Fountain Blue upon its completion circa 1840. It was designed in the Federal architectural style. After James McGavock died in 1841, the 320 acres were divided into four for each of his children.

The 94 acres with the Fountain Blue house were inherited by his daughter Lucinda. Lucinda lived here with her husband, Jeremiah George Harris, the editor of the Nashville Union newspaper and a supporter of President James K. Polk, their son Joseph, and their daughter Lucie. Harris redesigned the house circa 1844, adding Greek Revival finishes and French wallpaper. After Lucinda died in 1847, husband and children continued to live in the house.

During the American Civil War of 1861-1865, the house was uninhabited, as Jeremiah served in the Union Navy while his son Joseph in the Confederate States Army in Knoxville, Tennessee, and his daughter Lucie was in the Northern states. After the war, in 1868, Lucie moved into the house with her husband, Professor Van Sinderen Lindsley, a Professor of Surgical Anatomy at the University of Nashville. They redesigned the house in the Italianate architectural style circa 1870, and Meridian Street was created a year later, in 1871.

The house was purchased by Leslie Emmett Gatewood in 1891. Gatewood lived here until 1905, when he sold it to Alonzo C. Webb. Webb rented the house to Professor J. J. Keys, the superintendent of Nashville public schools. By 1915, Webb house was converted into apartments for lease. After his death in 1939, the house changed ownership several times before it was owned by Webb's son, Hanor Webb, as a rental property.

In 2003, the house was purchased by the Ray of Hope Community Church to house the Better Tomorrows Adult Education Center.

It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since July 11, 2007.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Rome Clock Tower - Rome, GA

Rome Clock Tower - Rome, GA

From Wikipedia:
The Clock Tower on top of Neely Hill in Rome, Georgia is one of the oldest landmarks in the city.

The clock tower was built in 1871 under the direction of James Noble, Jr. and his family. It was originally built to hold the 250,000 gallons of water that would serve the city. 10 foot sheets of iron were used to build the frame of the tank, and red bricks surround it. The tank itself stood 63 feet tall and 26 feet wide. Atop the water tank, there is a bell and four clock faces located within a structure that stands 41 feet tall. Both the clock and bell were added in 1872, just one year after the original tower was built. The clocks were made by E. Howard Clock Company. Each face is nine feet in diameter, the hour hand is three feet, six inches long, and the minute hand is four feet, three inches long. The bell within the clock tower is made of genuine bronze and measures 40 inches wide. Engraved on the rim is the date 1872. With the addition of the clocks and bell the clock tower now stands 104 feet tall and can be seen from almost any part of downtown Rome. By the 1890s the tower could no longer support the city's water needs, and ceased to operate as a water tower. After the closing of the tower, it began to fall into a state of mild disrepair, it stayed in that state throughout the 20th Century.

The Rome Jaycees raised over $80,000, in 1986. The money was raised in order to provide landscaping on top of Neely Hill around the clock tower. The historical clock tower is now a museum, which opened in 1995, once again with the help of the Rome Jaycees. The inside of the water tank now displays works of art by local artist Chuck Smultz. Also inside are the 107 steps spiraling around the tower to the top.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Grand Ole Opry House

Grand Ole Opry House

From Wikipedia:
The Ryman Auditorium was home to the Opry until 1974. By the late 1960s, National Life & Accident desired a new, larger and more modern home for the long-running radio show. Ryman Auditorium, already 51 years old at the time the Opry moved there, was beginning to suffer from disrepair as the downtown neighborhood around it fell victim to increasing urban decay. Despite these shortcomings, the show's popularity was increasing and its weekly crowds were outgrowing the 3,000-seat venue. The Opry's operators were seeking to build a new air-conditioned theatre with a greater capacity, ample parking, and the ability to easily serve as a television production facility. The ideal location would be in a less urbanized area of town, providing visitors a more controlled, safer, and more enjoyable experience.

National Life & Accident purchased farmland owned by a local sausage manufacturer (Rudy's Farm) in the Pennington Bend area of Nashville, nine miles east of downtown, and adjacent to the newly constructed Briley Parkway. The new Opry venue was to be the centerpiece of a grand entertainment complex at that location, which would later come to include Opryland USA Theme Park and Opryland Hotel.

The theme park opened to the public on June 30, 1972, well ahead of the 4,000-seat Opry House, which debuted nearly two years later, on Saturday, March 16, 1974.

Opening night was attended by sitting U.S. President Richard Nixon, who played a few songs on the piano. To carry on the tradition of the show's run at the Ryman, a six-foot circle of oak was cut from the corner of the Ryman's stage and inlaid into center stage at the new venue. The artists on stage usually stand on the circle as they perform.

While the theme park was closed and demolished following the 1997 season, the Grand Ole Opry House remains in use. The immediate area around it was left intact through the construction of Opry Mills, which opened in May 2000.

The Opry continues to be performed every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the Grand Ole Opry House from March through November each year.

The Grand Ole Opry House was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 27, 2015.

In May 2010, the Opry House was flooded, along with much of Nashville, due to the Cumberland River overflowing its banks. While repairs were made, the Opry itself remained uninterrupted. Over the course of the summer of 2010, the broadcast temporarily originated from alternate venues in Nashville, with Ryman Auditorium hosting the majority of the shows. Other venues included the TPAC War Memorial Auditorium, another former Opry home; TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall; Nashville Municipal Auditorium; Allen Arena at Lipscomb University; and the Two Rivers Baptist Church.

Much of the auditorium's main floor seating, the backstage areas and the entire stage (including the inlaid circle of wood from the Ryman's stage) was underwater during the flood. While the Grand Ole Opry House's stage was replaced thereafter, the Ryman circle was restored and again placed at center stage in the Grand Ole Opry House before shows resumed. The remediation following the flood also resulted in a renovated backstage area, including the construction of more dressing rooms and a performer's lounge.

Monday, October 12, 2020

SeeMidTN slideshow: Top Covered Bridges of Tennessee

Here is a list of all of the best covered bridges in Tennessee.
1) Doe River Bridge in Elizabethton
2) Bible Bridge of Greene County
3) Harrisburg Bridge near Sevierville
4) Parks Bridge in Trimble
5) Emerts Cove Bridge near Gatlinburg
6) Port Royal Bridge remains
7) Red Boiling Springs
8) David Crockett State Park
9) Cumberland Gap rails-to-trails bridge
...and more!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Wayne County Courthouse - Waynesboro, TN

Wayne County Courthouse 1

I took this photo in 2009. Here was my original writeup...
I was visiting an antique store on the Waynesboro town square when the store owner saw me picking up a county brochure.

"You're not from around here," he said with a smile.

I told him that I like taking pictures of courthouses.

He said, "You've come to the right place...except ours is ugly!"

I pointed to the county tourism brochure and said, "The word they used was 'different'."

"Well, that's the kind way of saying it."

From him, I learned the old courthouse had burned down due to an arsonist. Plans were drawn for the replacement courthouse to be built at a shopping center, hence the shopping center look to the building. Then, I guess some people got sentimental and wanted the new courthouse in the center of the square, but it was too late to change the design. Therefore, as the store owner put it, it was a double mistake.

Update in 2020. This courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Here are the notes from the Tennessee Historical Commission:

Judged worthy of preserving, the Wayne County Courthouse was officially placed in the National Register of Historic Places on July 29th.

Designed by the Nashville architectural firm of Yearwood and Johnson and completed in 1975, the Wayne County Courthouse exemplifies the character defining features of Brutalism design.

The large-scale angular building is notable for the exposed “raw” concrete/masonry exterior, large areas of formed concrete and limited fenestration. The combination of voids and solids of the design give the building a unique appearance in Waynesboro.

All these features of Brutalism are extant in the building and part of the original design. Features of Brutalism inside that remain are the exposed concrete and marble with no embellishments.

A comparison of the building with the few Brutalist designs in the state reveals that the Wayne County Courthouse is unique in design due to the relationship of the solid rectangles, sloping rooflines, and tall clock tower.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. It is part of a nationwide program that coordinates and supports efforts to identify, evaluate and protect historic resources. The SHPO administers the program in Tennessee.

The full nomination can be seen at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/historic-commission... Wayne County Courthouse 2 Wayne County Courthouse clock tower

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Murfreesboro East Main: 331 E. Main

Murfreesboro East Main: 331 E. Main

This house is on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property to the East Main Street Historic District in Murfreesboro, TN. Here is a description of this house from the brochure entitled "Explore Historic Murfreesboro - A Walking Tour"
331 East Main Street
The windows—different shapes and sizes—draw attention to this 1896 house built for Murfreesboro jeweler William R. Bell. The elegant oval stained glass window beneath the Neoclassical porch is overshadowed by the projecting Palladian window on the first floor, above which are paired arched windows with keystones. On the roof, an elaborate round window, finials, cresting, and towering chimneys add to the picturesque quality of the dwelling.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial - Smyrna, TN

Capt. Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial (3) - Smyrna, TN

Description of the memorial:
On June 2, 2016, at the age of 32, Kuss tragically lost his life when his jet crashed a day before the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna. A Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet similar to the jet flown by Captain Kuss and on loan from the National Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.

Although I wasn't home at the time, I live less than a mile from where Capt. Kuss crashed in Smyrna. This memorial is also nearby, located on TN266 Sam Ridley Pkwy and across from the Smyrna MQY airport. Parking is available at Lee Victory Park.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

I Dream of Weenie hot dog stand

I Dream of Weenie hot dog stand

This popular place to get a hot dog is located in a converted VW bus in East Nashville's trendy Five Points neighborhood. If you hadn't guessed it yet, the name is a play on the 1960's TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. The logo on the sign depicts a hot dog that looks like genie Barbara Eden. Also, check out the hot dog flower pots on the railing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Endangered: Lookout Mountain Hardy House

Endangered: Lookout Mountain Hardy House

From the article:
The house was built in 1928 by Edith Soper Hardy after her husband passed and left her $25,000 to turn her home into the one she'd always dreamed of. So she tore down the 1800's cottage on the property and built a small storybook style home.

Local historian David Moon, founder of PicNooga, a historical photography preservation organization, argues the house has historical value due to Edith's humanitarian work and her husband Richard's time as mayor of Chattanooga from 1923 to 1927. Edith founded the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga in 1910, and was named director of The American Humane Association.

While the house has historic value, it has also been vacant and neglected for two decades. The home is now owned by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, located next door to the prominent Cravens House. The focus of the military park is the Civil War, so they don't have the resources to maintain a delapidated house built 60 years after the war.

The Park now has plans to demolish the house. The Cravens house is in desperate need of better parking, so this would likely become a parking lot. Plus the park has plans to add landscaping consistent with the time period of the Civil War. Now, people who wish to save this house have one thing in their favor: the park doesn't have the money to demolish the house.


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

RCA Studio B with Historic Marker

RCA Studio B with Historic Marker

Perhaps the most famous site along Nashville's Music Row is RCA Studio B. According to the historic Marker:
RCA Records established a recording studio in this building in November 1957, with local offices run by guitarist-producer Chet Atkins. Its success led to a larger studio, known as Studio A, built next door in 1964. Studio B recorded numerous hits by Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbinson, Don Gibson, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, and many others. Along with Bradley Studios, Studio B is known for developing "The Nashville Sound."

Today, the studio is opened as a tourist attraction: studiob.org/

Monday, October 5, 2020

First Marshall County Court House (1836) - Lewisburg, TN

First Marshall County Court House (1836) - Lewisburg, TN

According to the TN Historic marker:
In this room of the original Abner Houston home the first court of Marshall County met October 3, 1836. Moved and restored by Robert Lewis Chapter DAR October 6, 1957.

Abner Houston was a pioneer of Lewisburg, and this home originally stood on Haynes St. two blocks north of the town square and current Marshall County Courthouse. Today, it is located in front of Lone Oak Cemetery in the triangle formed by US31A and Yell Rd.

Learn more here:

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Walgreens neon sign - Nashville Arcade

Walgreens neon sign - Nashville Arcade

In downtown Nashville, there is a Walgreens Drug Store at the 5th Ave. entrance to the Arcade. The Arcade is a covered shopping arcade built in 1902 and modeled after an arcade in Italy.

I can't tell you how old the neon sign is, but I assume it is vintage. What I can say is that the Walgreens has been at this location since at least 1960. In 1960, when this Walgreens still had lunch counters, this was one of the primary locations of the Nashville sit-ins, a nationally significant passive resistance movement to end local segregation.

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Peyton Manning "The Sherriff"

Peyton Manning "The Sherriff"

As a Tennessean, may of my friend root for the Tennessee Titans to win. However, whenever the Titans would play Peyton Manning and the Colts, some fans didn't mind losing so much since they adore Manning for his role in bringing a national championship to UT. The statue of one of the best Quarterbacks in NFL history is outside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Friday, October 2, 2020

A.J. Morton & Son Funeral Home - Columbia, TN

A.J. Morton & Son Funeral Home - Columbia, TN

A.J. Morton & Son Funeral Home is an important Civil Rights site in Tennessee and is threatened due to neglect. It has been collapsing for several years and threatens the First Missionary Baptist Church next door. It was listed in the Tennessee Preservation Trust's Ten in Tenn threatened historic properties in 2010.

Here is the historic marker
Side One
Side two

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Peanut Shop - Nashville Arcade

The Peanut Shop - Nashville Arcade

The Nashville Arcade is a downtown shopping center that dates back to 1902. It is modeled after an Italian shopping arcade as it's a bunch of shops along this two-story alley with a roof but open air. There are a few restaurants and retail stores along with a vibrant arts community.

The Peanut Shop is probably the most famous store at the Arcade. It opened in 1927 when Planters Peanuts were operating retail stores across the nation. In 1960, Planters did away with these retail locations and Nashville's continued as an independent nut shop. They even have their own banjo-pickin' southern hillbilly peanut mascot known as the Nashville Nut.