100 Things About Nashville (part 7)

Sorry for the delay, but, here’s the next installment of “100 Things About Nashville”:

Cheekwood in Nashville is home to the Swan Ball, one of the premier charity events in the country. Said event was much more interesting before they moved the entrance to Cheekwood off Cheek Road where I may or may not have participated in lawn chair sitting with poster board numbers “rating” the swanky passers by. I refuse to talk about the fact that there are places where, say, one could, in the distant past, have crawled under the fence as a kid and let themselves into the party area because I have no idea what the statute of limitations is in matters such as this.

Rotier’s is one of the last truly family owned businesses around. My parents used to go there in college, and, though she’s not around a lot anymore, Mrs. Rotier remembers them to this day. It looks the same as it did when I was a kid, and, I learned to play Space Invaders there.

Harvey’s Had It – It was a sad day when Harvey’s closed. Not only was my father out of a job he held for 33 years, Nashville lost something uniquely Nashville. I always got my birthday cakes from the bakery there.

Saint Cecilia Academy is the oldest continuously operating school in Nashville. RIght here in North Nashville is the Motherhouse of the Saint Cecilia Dominican Sisters. The Motherhouse is filled with history dating back to the Civil War. If you ever get the opportunity to visit, you should.

The Capitol Building is one of two state capitol buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. I think the other is in Pennsylvania, but, I can’t remember right now. It’s also haunted.

If you ever get the chance to take a plant tour at Purity Dairies, you should. You get an ice cream sandwich, and, oh my dog, there is nothing like one right off the line. I think you can buy stuff from the dock, too.

Nashville’s City Cemetery is the oldest public cemetery in town. Like the Capitol Building, i is on the National Register of Historic Places and many of the people who made Nahville what is is are buried there. It’s an interesting place to visit or to take students on a field trip.

Nashville is home to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, allegedly the largest non-casino hotel in the world.

The Belle Meade Plantation, known as the “Queen of Tennessee Plantations” was also renowned as a thoroughbread horse farm. Belle Meade was home to Iroquois, the first American bred reacehorse to win the English Derby. Among his descendants are 52 Kentucky Derby winners, including Secretariat. (Bonus trivia: I am a descendant of the Harding family).

Houston’s restaurant began in Nashville. It is no longer in Nashville, but, you can find them elsewhere around the country. I’m not bitter. Much.

1 Comment so far

  1. Lesley (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 9:22 pm

    Actually, the world’s largest non-casino hotel is the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. The wikipedia entry for the Operlan’ is incorrect.

    There’s still a Houston’s in Memphis that’s easy to get to, but there’s always a waiting list. It’s only a 3 hour drive!

    I love seeing the nuns at Target.

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