We left Ark. and headed into Tennessee. Our first stop was Memphis. Although we have been here before we did other things this time. We crossed the bridge into Tennesee and stopped at the Visitors Center to pick up info on things to do. We decided to stay at the Agri Fair grounds and stayed a couple of days.
Crossing bridge into Memphis
Memphis home of Elvis and the Blues
One of the things we did was to go to the Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assainated. This was a nice and very well done museum. It told of the civil rights movement from the very beginning. Well worth going to see.
Where Dr. King stood in front of his room when shot.
Rosa Parks refused to go to the back of the bus.
That night we went to Beale St. for some BBQ and to listen to some Blues.We went to the Rendovous in a alley for great ribs and stopped in one of the clubs and listened to some great blues. Later walking down the street we stopped at a park and there was a band playing,we ended up staying a couple of hours. We really enjoyed Memphis.
Next stop Knoxville.
After leaving Memphis we stopped at Raccoon Valley SKP park for a few days and went to the Smoky Mts. to visit Cades Cove. To get to Cades Cove you drive a 11 mile one way road passing historic sights and beautiful views.
This is the Primitive Baptist Church established in1827 in Cades Cove. During the Civil War the church was closed because of the rebellion and they were union people and there were rebels in the area.
This is the Methodist Church. You'll notice this church has 2 doors .In a lot of traditions one door was for men and the other for women. This was not the intention of this church as they borrowed the building plans from another church that did practice that custom.
The Oliver house was built before the Civil War and they had to build everything for their needs. A cantilever barn, gristmill, corncrib, blacksmith shop. They were very self sufficient.Ihe weather was great and we enjoyed the day in the Smokies.