I am still in love with this house. I dream of one day building a home with a dog trot.
*Fair warning... long post with lots of awesomesauce photos!*
For me, the best part of this vacation was visiting the 1850's Homeplace located in the southern, Tennessee part, of Land Between the Lakes. If there is anything you should know about me, it is this... I was born in the wrong era. I love to see and hear about all the history. Though I am partial to phones and internet as well as electric and indoor plumbing, I would like nothing more than to buy some wooded acres, build a tiny house on it, throw up some solar panels, and call it home. After visiting the Homeplace, I have new ideas banging around inside my head on what I want that tiny home to look like. On to the photo tour!
First off, I forgot to take a photo of the actual entrance which is this sort of earthen mound. You go inside the doors to the gift shop and museum type area that held artifacts and information. Walk out the back doors and follow a little wooded path that opens upon this wonderful old farm!
There were lots of animals (horses, oxen, chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs), a small blacksmith building, a huge tool barn, and lots of little outbuildings to house tools and food for the specific animals they were near. Absolutely worth a visit if you are near the area.
Next up on the tour of Good Things... the Woodlands Nature Station. The Nature Station houses native animals that are unable to be released back into the wild. I wanted to go to the Nature Station so I could see the red wolves. There are fewer than 300 of them left in THE WORLD. Recently (May) the wolves here had a cub! Great news! Bad news... we waited and waited and waited outside their pen, but no sighting of a single red wolf was had. No sightings of their coyotes either. Apparently they were all hiding out due to the rain that was moving in later.
Inside the learning center, there were all types of skulls and butterflies plus pelts of various native animals. A skunk is surprisingly soft. They also had snakes which Rowan was fascinated with. Next time we visit we will try to go earlier in the day when the animals may be more active.
Lastly, before going we decided that while we were there we would pick a place to eat out one night. I looked over the restaurants in the area. Considered visiting Patti's 1880's Settlement, but I decided I didn't want to visit the place that every one else visits when they go. I wanted off the beaten path. I found it at Belew's Dairy Bar.
I have been thinking about that Homeplace and how sweet the ladies at Belew's were and it's a good thing too because if I focused on the bad stuff, I'd have a stroke.