I am reporting tonight as a booster for Tennessee tourism. Seriously, the people in Tennessee have been so nice, from the waitress who offered to fill up our car mugs with iced tea “for the road” – but unfortunately we didn’t bring any car mugs, so we couldn’t take her up on her offer – to the people at the East Tennessee History Center, who let my husband into the exhibits for free today when I tried to pay for him because he is not attending the FGS conference, and all the people we have talked to on the streets of Knoxville, in the stores, and in the hotel and Convention Center. It’s a good thing our daughters are not little and are not with us, because we have done a lot of that thing that they used to hate so much – stop and talk to people.
History Husband is in Hog’s Heaven; he enjoyed the East Tennessee History Center and got a 60% discount on the books he bought in the gift store and was able to order one of his favorite beers at the restaurant where we ate tonight. Tomorrow I may go back to the East Tennessee History Center and get some pointers on researching my brick wall (I brought my Smith binder with me, just in case).
Below are some pictures taken in Knoxville.
This landmark makes it easy to find our way back to the hotel from anywhere in Knoxville.
This is the view from our hotel window (the eyes are painted on the front of the Knoxville Museum of Art); however, I took this from the Convention Center side, and when we look out our window, the eyes are actually looking straight at us. Just a little bit creepy.
East Tennessee History Center
Views in downtown Knoxville
Two scenes from Market Square
A T-shirt in Mast General Store