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by bill kate
September 19, 2005
From journal Let's go to Nashville, TN
Sheffield, United Kingdom
September 25, 2004
First we visited Johnny Cash's grave, then his house. This is built at the edge of the lake which actually goes into the lounge. It is at the side of Roy Orbison's House and a lot of the Cash family live round about. Across the road is an enclosure containing some deer which is part of the petting zoo Johnny had made for his son.
We visited another cemetery as Dave was looking for a particuar grave, but he didn't want to linger as they were expecting a "plantin" as he called it (funeral).
The next stop was Conway Twitty's house where we were allowed inside downstairs only. On Conway's death they discovered he had never made a new will after his second marriage. The kids did not want to give the second wife anything and because they couldn't agree, probate stepped in and sold the estate so they could share the money. The house is now used as a broadcasting studio.
The house is decorated for Christmas as Conway loved this time of year and there are two tables, 1 dining, which John Wayne gave him. The grounds are landscaped with streams, waterfalls and fountains, and there is a memorial in one corner with a Twitty bird made in coloured brick in the wall.
As we went from place to place Dave pointed out things of interest like wild turkey in a field and a face carved into a tree.
Again a very good tour and worth every penny.
From journal Nashville and vicinity
First we went downtown Nashville and saw the Bat building and called at the farmers market where we were invited to sample melon and peaches free of charge (I think we were meant to buy some afterwards). In the same area was the deli market where Tom came back with cornbread for everyone to try.
Next came the mile marker where mileage in Nashville is measured from. We saw the big stone world (weighing 6 tons), which is supported by water and can be easily moved round. We visited the old station which is now a hotel and were allowed inside to admire the wonderful painted ceiling, wander round the balcony and take a peak in a bedroom and take pictures.
We went to a peanut shop in a shopping arcade where there was a small quiz to win packets of peanuts - of course everyone bought some afterwards.
Then we were off towards Franklin where we
stopped for a wander round the town.
We passed country stars homes - one being Faith? (can't remember her surname) and Tim McGraw's home set on a large lake. (The names mean nothing to me, but I have been told since returning home that she sang the title song to the film Pearl Harbour). There were some men repairing the fence and Tom asked if Faith and Tim were home. When the men replied "no", he then asked if we could take a look at the house, but they refused.
We stopped at a race horse stables belonging to the daughter of the Atlanta CocaCola plant - Tom seemed to know everyone - and wandered around petting the horses.
Our lunch stop was a small restaurant/shop/cafe where someone called Uncle Lester put on sparkly silver shoes and danced for us, for which we had to pay him $2 each.
We weren't very happy with the lunch bill - we had two sandwiches and two cokes and were charged $18.81, rather expensive.
The tour lasted approx 5 hours, we enjoyed every minute, and it was worth every penny, except for the lunch.