Chain Rock in Pineville Kentucky!

Chain Rock in Pineville Kentucky!
Chain Rock in Pineville, Kentucky!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Downtown Madisonville Kentucky

Madisonville has ALWAYS been one of my favorite little towns to just hang out in.  It has small town charm, easy going folks, and it is just barely big enough to have a cool, small mall!

It has an attractive downtown too!  Here are some random photos from downtown I took not too long ago....

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hanson Kentucky

Near Madisonville is the very cool small community of Hanson!

It had been some time since I had been able to stop here.  They were having a pretty cool little street fair when I stopped by.

I will have to go back on another day to get better shots of the buildings downtown.

Anyway, back when I collected old toys, there used to be an amazing antique and collectible toy shop on the corner.  There is a gaming shop there now.  Also, a VERY cool old book store is next door.  Luckily, that business is still around!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park- Tennessee

Here are a few photos from the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park.

We went when a Native American event was scheduled, but their seemed to be a delay in the festivities.  A Frybread stand was set up, and a tipi with a sign asking that no one enter.  We did not stick around to see what other events were going to happen.

There is a nice little museum on the ground devoted to Davy.  I did enjoy the items relating to the old TV show.  A replica birth cabin is also at the park.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tupelo Honey- Johnson City Tennessee

While in Johnson City, we stopped in the old train station which now houses the cozy and happenin' restaurant, Tupelo Honey!

This might be my new favorite small chain restaurant.  There aren't many of them, but the few that are around are in great tourist towns....  I asked someone there about the chain and they told me that the chain started in Asheville (I have heard that from multiple cool restaurants lately.

We had a great meal here.  One thing I loved is that they bring out biscuits with honey before your meal!

They also have a cool train layout!  VERY nice and appropriate touch!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Johnson City Cardinals- Johnson City Tennessee

Since we were in Johnson City during the cold months, there were no baseball games going on....  but I did get a few pictures of the home of the Johnson City Cardinals!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Johnson City Tennessee

Here are just a few photos I took around Johnson City Tennessee. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dickson Williams Mansion- Greeneville Tennessee

We bought our tickets to the Dickson Williams Mansion at the General Morgan Hotel.  This was very convenient, and you could buy tickets for other tours at the hotel!  PLUS, the Dickson Williams Mansion is right behind the hotel!

A very friendly lady introduced herself to us as Patty, our guide.  From there we were off for a marathon tour!

She took us over at 1.  I told her we like the "weird stories" and trivia relating to a historic home.  She delivered.  I told her she was giving us a great story in each room.  In the first room, there was a white couch and 2 chairs donated by the Johnson family that had been to the White House!  She knew something cool about each room!

She talked about how the house had been built, with a generous portion built for servants.  The family housed both Union and Confederate soldiers here at different times during the war (the family had 1 child fighting for the north, and 2 for the south).

People visit this house because of Morgan.  John Hunt Morgan was a legendary Confederate General who operated in a very rough way.  Anyway, Patty pointed out the areas (outside of the home) where he was chased, and gave us a very vivid account of his final moments.  After the tour, we were able to retrace Morgan’s last moments.

The last room you really tour is the room where John Hunt Morgan spent his last night.  Patty talked about Morgan’s body being displayed there the next day.  Morgan had no descendants (though Patty did have someone come through claiming to be a descendant- and that person said they would never take a DNA test).

Patty asked if we were on a time limit, and I told her not really.  Well, we ended the tour well after 3!  This was a great tour, of a cool home with a great Civil War connection.  PLUS, the one hour tour ended up being much longer, and we LOVED THAT!  With Patty, we got way more than our money’s worth and we felt like we truly understood the Dickson Williams Mansion AND Greeneville in the Civil War.  This tour gets my highest possible recommendation!

Friday, January 29, 2016

General Morgan Inn- Greeneville Tennessee

We have been trying to stay at historic hotels when we can.... and I was super excited that we were able to get a room at the General Morgan Inn!

This great hotel is literally the heart of the town.  It is vibrant and warm.  The front desk was able to tell us everything about the town, tours, and history.  The Andrew Johnson sites, historic buildings, and great local shops are all a very short walk from here!

They have a very nice upscale restaurant inside.  We were able to purchase tickets for a local tour at the front desk too.

Local coffee shop Catalyst Coffee is housed inside of the General Morgan Inn, and we were given vouchers for breakfast at the coffee shop!

I REALLY like having a nice coffee shop inside of a hotel.  The Alex Johnson has a similar set up too.

This is such a perfect hotel in a great historic town.  We went there mostly for the history... but I am sure we will be back again because Greeneville, and the General Morgan Inn, are so cozy!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Catalyst Coffee in Greeneville Tennessee

As we stayed in Greeneville Tennessee for a few days, I was thrilled to see that the town has a GREAT little local coffee shop!

We stayed at the General Morgan Inn, and in the same building was Catalyst Coffee!

The place is cozy, in a historic area, and it has good coffee!

We hung out here a good amount while in town.  The staff was helpful and friendly.  The coffee was good.  The food was good.

AND Catalyst Coffee cares about their community!  THEY GIVE AWAY THEIR PROFITS!  Seriously, check out their page for more info on it!  I think that is pretty cool though!

Monday, January 25, 2016

President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library near Greeneville Tennessee

Tusculum College near Greeneville Tennessee has a GREAT little museum dedicated to Andrew Johnson. 

It is not walking distance from the other Johnson sites, but it is a very scenic, enjoyable short drive from the area.

Also, though the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library is small, it is packed with some super cool relics.  Johnson's desk and other items are on display.  My FAVORITE item is the train themed tea set that belonged to Jefferson Davis.  The set was taken from Richmond and was going to be a gift to the 16th President.  Since Lincoln was assassinated shortly after that, the tea set found its way in to Andrew Johnson's collection!

AND, very close by is the home stadium for the low A farm team of the Houston Astros!  The college, museum, minor league baseball team ALL make this a great area!