I just wanted to share a few photos from my whirlwind visit to the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.
It was whirlwind, because there was a reception going on and a taping soon to follow. There wasn't enough time to explore everything, but I wanted you to get a glimpse -- in case you are visiting (or live near) Nashville, it's a great venue!
Of course, Andrew Jackson is one of the "local heroes" and it was interesting to see the many displays that looked at more than the president's portrait on the twenty dollar bill!
I was fascinated by the display on dueling. The pistol seems to move around the room so no matter where you stand, it seems to be pointed directly at you. It's a tad disconcerting.
The political cartoons were fascinating, too.
Being a state museum, its focus was, of course on Tennessee, and there were many excellent displays.
There was a wonderful furniture collection and some rooms set up to show life in the 1800s.
There was also a "print shop" --
-- and the "Knoxville Gazette was ready to break news!
The Civil War collection is significant. I was rather captivated by this well done staging of the tents in a Civil War battlefield.
But it should come as no surprise to you that my favorite area was the quilt collection.
These are just a few of my favorites.
A number of portraits were displayed in a portrait gallery. Many of the names didn't mean much to me, but they were still handsome -- of another time.
I was rather fond of this glass window...
...the large loom...
...and this covered wagon. Can you imagine making the cross country journey in this?
Of course, Rick is never far from my heart when I travel -- especially when I see things he'd like. And I thought he'd like this scene very much!
Something tells me that if this was the only bike in town, he'd be on it!
The Tennessee State Museum, downtown Nashville: Definitely worth a visit!
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