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IMG_2474En route to Houston, we stopped in  Franklin, Tennessee, for a quick visit with our farm girl daughter.  It just so happened we were there when a holiday popup show sponsored by City Farmhouse was happening which gave the daughter and me a fun way to spend some time.

IMG_2465-2To no surprise, most of the booths featured things perfect for a farmhouse country look.

There was a big emphasis on pillows for all seasons.  You can be sure the ones made with French linens were being snapped right up.

I’m crazy for pumpkins,  and these made of chenille and tartan plaids were eye catching and suitable for more than the fall season.

IMG_2446White ironstone was plentiful, and I couldn’t help but think of many blog friends who fancy it.

IMG_2440It would be a lovely accent for this pottery that reminded of classic French style.

Over the years I’ve participated in a number of shows, and this one impressed me with the cohesiveness achieved by displays complementing one another.

IMG_2470I left the show with no purchase, but when we stopped by City Farmhouse, I was sorely tempted by these Christmas trees.  Rustic, yes, but they have that whimsical aspect which suits my fancy.  

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A Quick Stop

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen my daughter moved to Franklin, Tennessee, several years ago, the hubby thought that good enough reason to drive the long road from Houston to Maine and back again.  It’s a long way for a quick twice a year stop, but I always enjoy the time we have there not only because of the visit with the daughter’s family but because Franklin is part of my earliest memories.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWould you believe I was born there right in this building that at one time was a hospital? My first view of this unimposing structure stopped me in my tracks as it triggered a distant memory of a photograph of my mother standing on those steps holding an infant that was me, otherwise I would have walked by it with no thought.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow the spot is identified with a historical marker that names Dr. Tandy Rice as one of the hospital’s founders.  It was he who brought me into this world and got me started on life’s journey.

Most of my Franklin memories revolve around my great grandmother’s house.  What a wonderful place it was to play hide and seek, and she had an old out of tune pump organ that kept me entertained for hours.  The house is still there, and not too long ago I knocked on the door, explained to the current owners my history there and they were kind enough to let me in.  The old place has been updated, but the wonderful crown molding and stair railings are still there.

My memories are of a very sleepy small town, but that is not the case today.  Franklin is a very hip place with trendy shops and eateries.

One that many of you may know is the City Farmhouse that in addition to the shop hosts popup shows that draw visitors from all over the southeast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADowntown doesn’t claim all the changes. The area around Franklin, including some of my family’s former property,  has become home to large estates and horse farms.  Many belong to country music stars and a few Hollywood types.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne thing that hasn’t changed in Franklin is its southern pride.  Right in the middle of town is this towering sculpture honoring the fighting men of the Confederacy. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook real close and you’ll notice part of the soldier’s hat brim is missing.  It is said to have broken during the shipping/installation process, and it was deemed appropriate to leave it.

FranklinIf memory serves me, Franklin was the unintended site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. That battle transformed Carnton Plantation into a hospital and a burial ground for the men who died there.

Yes, Franklin causes me to wax nostalgic, and I am glad that it is part of my history.

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Farm Changes

Franklin farmThe reason the hubby and I make the long drive from Maine to Houston is to to stop in Franklin, Tennessee, where one of our daughters moved to a small farm 3 years ago.

FranklinEvery visit we see changes.  The  Katadin lambs that once grazed in the pasture are gone because they liked to jump up on people and as they grew larger that was not such a good thing.  Not only that they were nasty creatures whose fondness for the barn left it stinky and messy, and no one was crazy about cleaning up after them.

FranklinThere were lots of ducks, but who knew they would be so prolific.  Every hatching introduced 10-15 new ducklings.  Unfortunately, the ducks never left because they liked their lifestyle at the farm.  As a consequence, some ducks ended up on the dining table.

FranklinTurkeys became a bit of a problem as well.  The intent was to have them be a good food source, but there’s a small window of time when they are good to eat otherwise they get tough, really tough. So into the wild went the turkeys.

IMG_3404Still, there are chickens that roam freely

Franklinand keep the family in plenty of fresh eggs.  In fact, there are so many that the girls have made a little business of selling the extras.

FranklinBuddy and Bella, the big Anatolian shepherds, earn their keep by keeping predators off the property.  They’ve been the winner in a number of encounters!

FranklinIn the pasture, there is a new visitor who seems very content in her surroundings. She’s a boarder that gives just the right look to the farm.

FranklinThis visit I was touched to see this flower blooming.  Believe it or not, it propagated from a plant that belonged to my great grandmother which means it is well over 60 years old.  Just mentioning this flower leads to a whole other story, but I’ll save it for next time.

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Storybook Cottage

Linda  068On a recent visit, my daughter’s house was overflowing with her and her sister’s families, so the hubby and I stayed in a cozy little cottage in Franklin, just outside of Leiper’s Fork.  Storybook Cottage may have been the best of all worlds.

Linda  067Come on in and take a look.

Linda  085I would describe the decor as a blend of French country and farm house style merged together very tastefully.

cottageNo detail was spared and at every turn there was something to catch the eye.

Linda  072I loved this box of quotations and wanted to copy every one.  If anyone knows where I can find a set, do share.

Linda  079I could have spent all my time nestled in the delightful bedroom.

Linda  070It appealed to my weaver self with its vignettes of threads and spindles,

Linda  071buttons and balls of fabric strips.

Linda  078Tucked in a window alcove was a little desk where I could imagine writing or day dreaming.

cottage2All in all this was a perfect retreat where one could relax and enjoy the quiet.  If you are ever in the area, this cottage and several others are available through Shelter + Roost.  I’m betting all are equally charming.

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In the Barnyard

FranklinA couple of years ago, one daughter and her family moved to a small farm in Franklin, Tennessee.  It is halfway between Rockport and Houston, so it’s a perfect overnight stop on the third night of travel

FranklinNow, I’m not sure I’m a farm girl, but it is fun to take in all the activity in the barnyard.    How all those two and four legged critters know when its feeding time is beyond me, but when they see the girls step inside the gate, a mad rush ensues.  What is really funny is that the different species hang with their own giving real meaning  to the saying “Birds of a feather flock together”.

FranklinThe same is true of the sheep.  They stay close to one another

Franklinand follow their shepherds wherever they go.

Franklin

I couldn’t get enough of the sheep.  They are so affectionate with each other,

Franklinand their sweet faces would steal anyone’s heart.

FranklinI’m told we are having farm raised turkey for Thanksgiving,

Franklinand it looks to me like they may be hatching a plan to avoid the chopping block.

FranklinThey may have a hard time outrunning this gal

Franklinwhich means Thanksgiving dinner will be the one that doesn’t get away.

FranklinAll this activity is a bit much for Lucy who looks down on it from her high perch.

FranklinAs for Aslan, he’s on the outside looking in wanting to be part of the action.  With his energy that would cause total chaos!

FranklinIt’s tempting to linger to take in the natural beauty of the farm, but hit the road we must.  

FranklinAs we sneak down the stairs hoping to leave quietly, we find Super Daughter in the kitchen scrambling up some farm fresh eggs.  Now, that is a loving and delightful surprise.

FranklinSpeaking of eggs, the chickens are the girls’ responsibility.  Eggs are plentiful, and the girls have built a customer base for all the extras.  Pretty enterprising, wouldn’t you say?

Until next time through, that’s it for barnyard happenings.  There’s no telling what changes will occur there between now and then.

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History Comes Alive

9780446558884_p0_v1_s260x420I recently read Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.  It is historical fiction set during the Civil War and revolves around the Battle of Franklin and the makeshift hospital for Confederate soldiers at Carnton Plantation.

FranklinSince part of my family now lives in Franklin, Tennessee, on a recent visit I was particularly interested in exploring the plantation and learning more about what actually happened there.

Carnton Plantation back view
Carnton Plantation back view

While the house is original, the guide was quick to point out that whatever interior description was presented in the book was fabricated because no information on that subject exists.

FranklinThe interior has been restored to represent the style of the period,Franklin

but it does not likely reflect the original decor.

Franklin  In any case, the rooms that are open are quite charming.  Keep in mind the plantation was used as a hospital, so whatever stains were on the floor were identified as blood stains which added to the drama of the visit.

Carnton garden
Carnton garden

In addition to the main building is a lovely garden and a few still standing outbuildings.

FranklinThese include a smokehouse and one of the quarters that was used to house slaves.

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I was not surprised to see a loom there as most of the household linens of the time were  woven by slaves.  I have such appreciation for the skill it took to create on such primitive equipment.  My loom is light years removed from this.

FranklinAs a hospital, Carnton was used to treat thousands of Confederate soldiers who were wounded in the carnage that was the Battle of Franklin where nearly 11,000 men from both sides were killed.  Some 1400 of the soldiers treated at Carnton died there and were buried in trenches close to the house.    About a year and a half after the battle, Carrie and John McGavock had the bodies exhumed, placed in individual pine boxes and interred on a site close to the McGavock family cemetery.

FranklinToday it is preserved as the McGavock Confederate Cemetery and is a grim reminder of lives so needlessly lost.

FranklinThe cemetery is arranged by state and each area bears a marker with the name of the state and the number of men from there who were killed.

Carnton Plantation is just part of the surprising amount of history in and around Franklin, and it is beautifully chronicled with historical markers at every turn.  This makes the area a very interesting one to visit, and I can’t wait to go back.

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