What to do on a hot summer day, you ask? Well, how about a driving tour of historic Tennessee? Considering I’ve lived here for almost 4 years, its about time I saw what life was like in the “olden days.” Last week, Grant and I both had a free day, so we decided there really wasn’t anything better to do! We’re completely movied out, and with temps near or over 100, staying inside is really the only option, especially for a Wisconsinite like myself. I found the sights to see online, and we drove at our own pace on beautiful back country roads for a good 6 hours… bonding at its finest!
1) Donut Den. No, not on the “historic site” list, but its been in business since 1940-something, so that’s historic enough. I drive past it on my way to the gym, and am always tempted, but have never stopped. Good thing, because I’m now addicted!
2) Historic Franklin. I just love the little town square and main street of shops- it definitely reminds me of Cedarburg, where I grew up!
3) Lieper’s Fork. Supposedly a historic town, with really good almond butter from Joe’s!
4) Attempted to stop at the Rattle & Snap House. Unfortunately, its now a private home, and you need advance reservations. Otherwise the guard dogs will chase you out…
5) James K. Polk Home. The pictures speak for itself!
6) We passed a few civil war battlefields on the way to stop #7
7) Carnton Plantation. By this time, it was 4pm and still over 100 degrees. We decided to save this for a cooler day, but it looks beautiful and is sure to be another great adventure!