Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Nashville History

I just finished going on an historical tour of Nashville with tour guide extraordinaire Linda Giddens. Marge Roeder won the tour at a recent auction at Otter and invited several of us to accompany her.

After visiting the Bicentennial Mall, I made the statement that Tennessee is even prouder of her history than Texas. I can't believe I said that--but you would just have to see the Mall to understand--especially the history wall and the carillon center, plus the huge Tennessee map with all the cities, town, villages, lakes, interstates, etc. We were all blown away by the careful planning and intense interest in preservation of history.

We couldn't believe all the condos, lofts, townhouses, etc. going up downtown--and the prices being asked.

Linda is such a good storyteller. My favorite one was about Tom Ryman, the founder of the Ryman Auditorium and his conversion from tough, riverboat owner to churchgoer.

It is a cool, rainy day here--a perfect day for a tour. Thanks to Linda and Marge for a wonderful day!

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