Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th July and a wee bit of southern history

Here we live deep in southern Civil War territory. Over a period of time we have visited a lot of the historic sites.

About 15 minutes south of us is Franklin, Tennessee founded by Abram Maury in 1799 and named after Benjamin Franklin. Historic downtown has a fabulous ambience. For you modernist shoppers out there Cool Springs Galleria is not too far away.

The Battle of Franklin was fought in November 1864 with almost 10,000 casualties of various kinds. The area is part of the Tennessee Civil War Trail.
One of Franklin's most famous sites is Carnton Plantation built in 1826 by Randal McGavock. It has the best preserved private Confederate Cemetery in the nation located on the grounds. The plantation is a favorite field trip destination for local schools and I made sure I went along as a parent chaperone on my kids outings :) My parents loved their visit when we took them.

If you want to learn more about the history of Carnton Plantation visit

On a quilting note. For those of you who want to visit Stitchers Garden it moved to a new location in January. 209 S Royal Oaks Blvd. Ste 223, Franklin, TN 37064 ph # 615-790-0603. Their new location is huge (compared to what they had) and can be read about at

The Quilting Squares Quilt Shop is located at 107 Confederate Drive suite 1, Franklin TN 37064. ph # 615-794-4769.

On a personal stitching note my older girls are hogging my sewing machine. Elisabeth whipped out two dresses and is ready to tackle a couple of skirts. Juliet, once her finals are done, is getting ready to do a couple of skirts. No pictures of the dresses because E wants to stay private so all I can say is have a look at See & Sew B5305 view A :)


Micki said...

Happy 4th of July! I haven't been in the South for many years, and it was nice hearing about it!
Have a great weekend!

Lula said...

(belated) Happy 4th of july. I think your blog is looking lovely

Carol said...

Thank you ladies.