When you say Nashville, Tennessee, most people think Country Music.
A lot of people don’t know that this same Nashville also has the only full size replica of the Parthenon in the world (yes, the famous Greek Parthenon).
We got there early on a recent Sunday morning, a rainy Sunday morning, it was not open, so we did not get to see the full size replica of Athena inside. It opens at noon on Sundays. Here are our photos.
A little history ~~
A full size replica of the Greek Parthenon was built for the 1897 celebration of the 100th birthday of Tennessee’s statehood. It was the centerpiece of a 5 acre fair. The original was built of wood, plaster and brick. Along with other structures built for the fair, it was not intended to be permanent. Most of the other buildings are gone. (There was a pyramid next to the Parthenon.) The Parthenon was such a popular attraction that it was decided it should be permanent.
A project was started in 1920 to rebuild the Parthenon on the same spot, but in concrete this time. The outside was finished in 1925 and the inside was finished in 1931. A full size replica of the Athena statue was added in 1990.
The building has been used for several Hollywood movies such as “Nashville” and “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”.
These days the building is primarily used as an art museum.
We very recently traveled to Bel Air, Maryland for our son’s wedding on Christmas Eve. On a dreary, rainy morning a day or two before Christmas we learned that the town we were in, Bel Air, was also the childhood home of John Wilkes Booth (1838 – 1865). So we put the address into the Garmin and went for a drive.
John Wilkes Booth was the son of Junius Brutus Booth, an actor, drinker, and farmer. Family slaves worked the farm. There were 10 children in this family. He was the 9th child. John Wilkes was educated at a boarding school and became an actor at the age of 17. The name of the farm/estate was Tudor Hall.
17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, Maryland The day after Christmas our now married son took us on a tour of Bel Air and surrounding areas. It was a beautiful sunny day, so here are more photos of Tudor Hall, this time without the rain.
John Wilkes Booth Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865.
Booth was killed on April 26, 1865, in Royal Port, Virginia, About 75 miles south of Washington D.C.
His childhood home in Bel Air Maryland is about 65 miles north of Washington D.C.
Amelia Earhart was born in her grandparent’s house in Atchison, Kansas. There is a bridge that spans the Missouri River that has been named the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge. From the bridge you can see her grandparent’s house and from the house you can see the bridge.
Lincoln is on Highway 360 and about 60 miles west of Roswell New Mexico
It is famous for being the place where Billy the Kid was shot
in the Old Lincoln County Courthouse
Blue Eye is a very small town with a state border
that goes right through the middle of town.
Blue Eye, Missouri
The border / state line
Blue Eye, Arkansas