I spent the Saturday of Martin Luther King Day weekend travelling around central Tennessee. I got a good start to the day, leaving my home in Jackson at about 5:30. I hoped to captur the sunrise at Stones River National Battlefield. I was a little late.
Stones River is one of the most endangered national battlefields in the United States due to the fact that it was fought in the town of Murfreesboro, TN and is miles from the outskirts of Nashville. Even due to the battlefield being so close to businesses and traffic there is still a feeling you get from walking around on sacred ground. Unlike most sites I have been to, there is not as much driving that you can do. Most of the site consists of walking trails and nature trails. Walking a battlefield always makes you feel more connected to the history. One of the high points is that Stones River is home to the oldest civil war monument, which was built months after the battle.
After taking all of my morning at the battlefield I headed back towards Jackson, but as with any weekend trip I take I always leave time for stops at places of interest. I saw a sign for the Parthenon in Nashville so being interested in Greek history I thought I would take it in. For those of you who do not know it is a replica of what they think the Parthenon in Athens looked like. I must say I was in awe by the outside, but the statue of Athena on the inside definately caught my attention. It is a must see if you are ever in Nashville.
As I headed down I-40 I came across a sign for the Natchez Trace Parkway. I had just seen a show about Meriwether Lewis and knew that he was buried along this route so I decided to take it in. Along the way you can stop at many pull offs and take in the sights of the foothills of Tennessee. I saw two waterfalls along the way and the last part of my trip after driving about 50 miles was the grave of Lewis. Having spent the day taking in history and landscape I decided to call it a day. I always recommend no matter where you are to take the time to see what is around you and try to experience something new.
Time to prep for my next trip. In March I will be visiting the Grand Canyon and plan to hike part of the south rim with Mikael, Jan, and our aunt Mary.