Civil War Heritage

If you ever find yourself in Nashville I highly recommend the Civil War tour offered by Grayline. On this tour you have the opportunity to learn about the Battle of Franklin (known as the five bloodiest hours of the Civil War) at three different heritage sites: Carter House, Lotz House, and the Carnton Plantation. All sites are incredibly well preserved and offer a slightly different perspective on the life and times of those who resided in Franklin during this battle. Continue reading “Civil War Heritage”

Tennessee State Museum & The Parthenon

I wanted to write a quick blog entry on the Tennessee State Museum and the Parthenon.

Firstly, the Tennessee State Museum is located very close to the Tennessee State Capitol. It is an absolutely huge museum covering the entire history of Tennessee. And I mean the entire history from the prehistoric period to today. The museum starts with an overview of relevant Native American history. The other two floors are focused on the Antebellum and Civil War periods. We found it impossible to read every label and see every object. Basically the museum struck me as more of a place where you wander around and read what looks appealing. Continue reading “Tennessee State Museum & The Parthenon”

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

President Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States of America serving from 1829 to 1837. The Hermitage in Nashville was the living quarters of Jackson and his family. It was also a cotton and tobacco plantation. Today, the Hermitage is regarded by many as the best preserved early Presidential home. I have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to visit this site. Continue reading “Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage”

Ryman Auditorium

Our first day in Nashville was filled with museums, snow, and amazing food. The first museum/heritage site on our itinerary was the Ryman Auditorium. Technically speaking it is a National Historic Landmark and has been since 2001.

First a little history. Originally the Auditorium was the Union Gospel Tabernacle built in 1892 and funded by Mr Thomas Ryman. In 1906, Ryman died and the Tabernacle was re-named the Ryman Auditorium. It came under the ownership of Lula C. Naff until around the 1950s. From the 1940s until the 1970s it was the home of the Grand Ole Opry radio station. Between the 1970s and 1990s the building was uninhabited and eventually deteriorated. Finally, the building was renovated and restored to what it is today. That is oversimplifying what really is a fascinating history. For the sake of this post, it’s a start to get you interested. Continue reading “Ryman Auditorium”

Orlando, Miami, and Nashville

Since I am leaving for America on Saturday I thought I’d write a quick blog entry on what museums/museum-like places I will be visiting.

Our first stop is Orlando. My main intention for this part of the trip is to be entirely surrounded by all things Disney. In saying this, we are visiting Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). Part of this park is a World Showcase, exhibiting the culture, architecture, food, and products of eleven separate nations. Thinking back to a subject I completed on exhibition development, this kind of exhibition has a fascinating history. The 1889 World Exposition in Paris, for example, had a ‘Street of Cairo’. Visitors could literally walk down a re-created Egyptian street purchase goods and try typical foods. Even closer to home we have the 1988 Brisbane World Expo. Even though I was -4 years old when that expo happened the fact I could never visit has left a void in my life. I hope that Epcot at least attempts to fill that void. Continue reading “Orlando, Miami, and Nashville”