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Monday, June 13, 2011


If you have a little one who loves trains, you must take them to Cheekwood this year for the current exhibit called Trains in Tennessee.

It is an outside display filled with bridges and tunnels that go through the trees and miniature models of many Tennessee landmarks.  It is a delight to walk through or just sit and watch.  We took Parker who loves trains and he was fascinated with it. At first he could not  decide which way to go!

He just ran from one side to the other!  I told him we could stay as long as we wanted, but he said, "Nana, I do everything in a rush!"

Cheekwood is a botanical garden and the trains are part of a special exhibit that lasts until the end of this year.  Despite the heat, we enjoyed some of the gardens on the property.

 This is the mansion at Cheekwood, built by Leslie Cheek who was in the wholesale grocery business in Nashville when he invested in his nephew's idea of developing a superior blend of coffee.  The coffee became know as Maxwell House and Leslie Cheek and his wife Mabel Wood Cheek built this house and garden in 1933.  It opened to the public in 1960.  It houses an art collection.
We had to visit the trains three times while we were there and we cooled off by wading the creek before we left!  It was a great way to spend the morning!

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