Our morning was very similar to Saturday, meaning we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast a la Maggie’s dad with her grandmother. Today she taught me about the Tennessee Maneuvers of World War II. This was when the military took over areas in Tennessee to practice invading for D Day. Tennessee was chosen because the terrain was so similar to where the attack would happen. I never learned this in school and was fascinated!
After breakfast we toured the farm lands. Maggie’s family farm is a centennial farm meaning it’s been a working agricultural farm for at least 100 consecutive years, their farm making hay primarily. The land can’t be planted because of the limestone that’s right under the surface so most farms have grazers like cows and horses.
A new property that Maggie’s grandmother purchased has a beautiful old building on it with a long dirt driveway and a beautiful columned porch. We took a peak inside and it’s amazing to see how it was abandoned in the mid 1900s with some stuff still strewn around. It was originally a log cabin and the door frames show how wide the beams were in those days, it’s quite impressive.
The mule barn on the property is also abandoned but in pretty good shape. You can visualize where the miles would stay and how the hay would fall from the hay loft into little holding pens so that the miles wouldn’t trample it. All I could see was how it would be a beautiful barn for a wedding...
When we drove the land of this property I started getting car sick because as you can imagine the roads through the land are not necessarily roads. I couldn’t get over the green space, I love green nature. The brush here grows so thick and the trees canopy the roads. You can imagine I love riding with the windows down singing country music here.
Our afternoon was very relaxing. We enjoyed some local vinegar based BBQ and baked beans before doing a workout and some laundry. It honestly was a perfect low key Sunday to prepare for traveling back to the city the next day.
We went into town briefly to pick up dinner and some sweets at Cracker Barrel, which originated in Lebanon, Tennessee! I loaded up on GooGoo Clusters, Moon Pies, and Mallow Cups! Oh and a pecan log. I’m all about trying local chocolate, I loaded up on Cadbury chocolate when I was in London. Side note…I don’t like moon pies…
Dinner was a salad with fried chicken and Texas toast from Zaxby’s and Diet Coke, such a treat. We ate with Maggie’s Grandma who told us about a plant that prevented pellagra in the county during the rationing around the time of the depression and the war. After dinner Maggie and I drank a beer, listened to country music and worked on a puzzle. Lucky for us we enjoy a lot of the same things!
It was a quick trip and filled with activities but felt longer and relaxed. Heading back to the city with a newfound love for the South and for friends who open up their home to you.