The plan is to go downtown Nashville, visit Belle Meade and drive to Memphis. Will be another long day. All in all, we think we are about where we need to be, to get back to Atlanta in time for our flights.
Weather is hot, and we are staying outside a lot today. Need to drink a lot. 21C at 8am humidity of 91%. Hmm we need to find some cold museums.
Country Music Hall of Fame
After breakfast we drove to downtown and parked the car. Walked over to the Country Music Hall of fame, where we spent a few hours. Nice experience, but I am not that much into Country Music, that I get a whole lot out of it.
Walked down broadway street to the Hard Rock Cafe where we had lunch. It was very hot and humid. Glad we did not have to walk more today.
Belle Meade Plantation and Winery
Drove to Belle Meade Plantation for a tour of the Mansion.
In 1807, Virginian John Harding bought Dunham’s Station log cabin and 250 acres (100 ha) on the Natchez Trace, an ancient Native American path connecting their settlements in present-day Tennessee and Mississippi. He began to develop a plantation, naming it “Belle Meade” — French for beautiful meadow. Harding operated various businesses, such as a blacksmith shop, cotton gin, and grist and saw mills, staffed by slave labor. By 1816, Harding was boarding horses for neighbors such as Andrew Jackson and breeding thoroughbreds, as well as racing them. Middle Tennessee became known for the raising of purebred livestock, including cattle, sheep and others. In 1823 Harding registered his own racing silks with the Nashville Jockey Club (an association of thoroughbred owners). He trained horses on the track at his farm at McSpadden’s Bend, which he bought for his son William.
Continued toward Memphis, TN, where we will visit Graceland tomorrow. Turns out it is Elvis week, this week… We were able to get tickets still….