Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Homeplace

The Homeplace, an 1850's interpretative center, is located near Dover, Tennessee, in the Land Between the Lakes recreational area.  I knew I was going to love it when I saw the quilts at the entrance.  Then, when we went inside, there were quilts sunning on the porch.

A tobacco farmer showed us his tools and explained the long process of caring for and harvesting tobacco.

They were sunning their mattresses on this hot summer day.

This worker patiently showed us how to care for oxen while fighting biting flies and gnats.

See the hallway that goes through the house?  We sat there and watched a worker make thread from fleece gathered from sheep grown on the farm.  Although it was a very hot day, there was a breeze and it was cool in the hallway.

Adult tickets are $5 each, but because we have a National Parks pass, it was $2.50 each.
Land Between the Lakes Recreational area is a great weekend trip.  If you go, check out nearby Paducah and Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Taylor Grocery, Taylor, Mississippi

I have been to numerous restaurants who claim to have the South's best catfish.  This place nailed it.

The restaurant's parking lot is bigger than the rest of the town.

They don't do reservations.  No matter who you are, you have to wait on the porch until there is room for you. We were there on Thursday when the doors opened at five, and didn't have to wait but a few minutes.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sleep Tight; Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

One of my favorite things about the south is the Spanish moss that grows everywhere near the Gulf Coast and the southern Atlantic coast. The photo above is from Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia.  

Spanish moss doesn't grow here in Northwest Alabama, but traveling south through Alabama, you can begin to see it long before you get to the coast. The photos below were made at Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama.

I was totally fascinated by Spanish moss the first time I saw it on a trip to Florida. At a rest stop, I collected a handful of it, hoping to start some on our trees when we got home.  I stored it carefully in a zip-lock bag.  When we got back home and unpacked it, the bag was full of tiny bugs, which brings me to this story.

One of our tour guides in Savannah told us that the origin of the saying, don't let the bedbugs bite, came from people stuffing their mattresses with Spanish moss back in the day before we bought mattresses.  I can't find this documented anywhere, but I can believe it after seeing the bugs in that zip-lock bag. 

 Look and take photos,  but don't touch.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Savannah's Streets

Southern Living says that Savannah has the most beautiful streets in the South.  The streets of Charleston and St. Augustine and New Orleans are all unbelievable, but  after walking these streets in Savannah a few weeks ago, I'm thinking Southern Living may be right.