Friday, October 1, 2010

Cumberland Gap, TN --Part II


Today, I continue my tour of Cumberland Gap, TN. George and I visited there last weekend --and we enjoyed our visit very much. Above, you will see a sign for a Bed and Breakfast. Note the name. Below are more pictures.





Did you read the name of the Bed and Breakfast???? It's called "The Olde Mill"---and there's a good reason for that... This used to be an old mill! See the wheel?????



This old log building caught my attention ---but I didn't realize what it was until we read the sign. The sign says that it was the Infantry Regimental Headquarters.




We passed by this old home --and the roof caught my attention. Interesting, don't you think????




Here's a picture of the entire home... Bet this was one of the nicest homes in Cumberland Gap at one time.. Neat, huh?




Well---I've seen lots of Covered Bridges in my life --but don't think I have ever seen a Covered RAILROAD Bridge..... Have you????? WELL----I looked up some information and found out that this used to be a railroad track.. BUT--when they took out the tracks, they added the covering --for bikers and walkers. Neat idea, don't you think????



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I was surprised to see another baby Cardinal (very young --since he was shaking and could not feed himself YET) with his Daddy at our feeders this week. I didn't realize that the birds had babies this late in their breeding season. BUT--it's been a great year for Cardinals, since we have had several broods here this year. So far, this is the only baby I've seen this week. Isn't he a Cutie?

George and I went to Knoxville last night to see our grandson play in the band (he's a drummer) at their football game. That was SO much fun --as you can imagine. Today we will check on George's parents in Hendersonville, TN.

Hope you have a great weekend. I'll blog again on Monday.
Hugs,

63 comments:

Jane said...

Good morning Betsy!

I so enjoy being able to travel vicariously through you and George. Hope that George's parents are doing well,

Jane

Darla said...

These photos are great....do you ever do sepia or black and white?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thanks for the tour of this area.The old 'fancy' house is lovely.Have a great weekend.
Blessings,Ruth

Auntie Bliss said...

I've not been to Cumberland Gap! That would be a great little trip and educational too. I LOVE old cabins and gristmills. No, I haven't seen a train track thru a covered bridge! That is cool!

Arkansas Patti said...

That log building does reek military doesn't it. Maybe I've seen too many movies.
Bet that roof was thought quite daring in its day. Love those who could color outside the lines.
Have a good weekend with George's parents.

Susie said...

Those are some neat looking buildings Betsy.

The little cardinal is too cute.

You guys have a good day with George's parents.

Sandra said...

the buildings are wonderful, so glad you showed them to me. Old buildings just fasinate me, these are great. sweet little bird visitors and no, never seen a covered railroad

Tabor said...

Great photos and I love that area...especially at this time of year. BAby birds? WoW winter is not far away.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Everything that caught your attention would have caught mine too! Love that old mill. Did you go inside?

This weekend we may go visit a friend who lives in a rustic cabin about 50 miles from our home.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures, Betsy! Neat Bed and Breakfast! Hope y'all have a good visit today and a great weekend.

Harriet said...

Love all the pictures! What a great place to visit. Have a good weekend, do you have plans for another Sunday afternoon trip?

Fred Alton said...

Yes, I think that house with the interesting architectural top was once the main attraction in the area - and also, what a neat idea to cover the old railroad bridge for the convenience of bikers and hikers. Know what I think? I think that we who live along the Appalachian chain of mountains live in the most beautiful part of the world!

Mildred said...

I loved seeing the photos from your trip. I note how blue the sky is; don't you love this time of year?
Many blessings to you, George and his parents today.

Small City Scenes said...

Thanks for the tour. It was wonderful. Love the old mill and the house with the amazing roofline. It is just great.
Oh the baby Cardinal is so sweet. I hope he grows up before winter weather sets in. MB

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Yes, I have recently seen two sets of Northern Cardinal parents with young. So it seems like you are right - we have a Cardinal baby boom!

The Cumberland Gap pictures are great! The log regimental headquarters must have really served as a big help when defending from Native Americans and also British and any other folks who wanted to attack. Thick walls help keep the place warm too.

Have a wonderful day!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Gorgeous photos...love that house.
Have a safe day of traveling...hope the parents are doing well.
Enjoy your weekend.
Suz

The Incredible Woody said...

Old railways make the BEST bike paths!

Ginny said...

I'm still enjoying that beautiful header. I love that house!! Hmmm...if you flip that top upside down, it would hold two really big scoops of ice-cream! What an adorable cardinal picture, who knew there are babies this late??? If your weather there is like ours today, you will have a beautiful trip to Hendersonville!!

Kelly said...

Betsy...is Cumberland Gap near Cumberland Falls? We've had some baby cardinals too. I'm glad they had a second brood, because the first brood ended with Cowbird babies!!!

Sunny said...

The old mill is charming. I was born in my Grandmother's old mill house in England.
I think of your posts as delightful little getaways when I need a break from whatever I'm doing.
The Cardinals are adorable :)
Happy Weekend to you and George.
☼ Sunny

Karin said...

That is definitely a beautiful part of the world you visited. When we lived in CT/MA/KY we would see old mills - repurposed. Cool! Have a great day with George's folks and a lovely week-end!

From the Kitchen said...

I enjoyed my "visit" with you today. Still no signs of color around here. Sounds like you have a good weekend planned. Enjoy!

Best,
Bonnie

nanny said...

Love the old mill....
I'll be that house was a real conversation starter back in the day....still so pretty.

Tricia said...

Betsy! Great post, you so much stuff here that I love - An old mill w/ lots & lots of history, Cardinals, a covered bridge, and a BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY!!! WoW! Love it

Catherine said...

You always see such pretty things Betsy! And the birds are so sweet. Most of our birds have headed South. There are only the sparrows, woodpeckers and nuthatches around. They are not scared of the approaching cold weather! :)

Have the lovelyest weekend Betsy!
xo Catherine

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I loved seeing that old mill! It's so well preserved.

The baby bird looks so sweet on it's wobbly legs! I hope there is time for it to grow before harsh winter weather hits.

Enjoy your weekend and safe driving!

Janie said...

What a great idea to turn an old mill into a B&B. Looks like a fun place to stay. And the roof on the older home is fascinating. I wouldn't know how to describe the shape. Bell-like, maybe.
The baby cardinal is adorable. I'm surprised, too, to see one hatched so late in the year.
Glad you were able to go see your grandson play drums!

carolina nana said...

Hope you have a wonderful fall weekend.
Marilyn

Lana said...

Loved the Olde Mill! What a fun place to stay and dream about all those who had come before you! Wish you could see the covered bridges a few counties south of here! They are beautiful, and we are headed in to what is known around Central Indiana as "Covered Bridge Festival" time. It's mainly centered in Parke County, but it branches out to the bordering counties as well.

Have a great weekend and a good visit with George's folks.

Pam said...

You go to so many wonderful places and I enjoy traveling along too.
That's a sweet baby bird, I thought it was a bit late in the season also.

be well, be happy and safe on your travels. Hope all is well with Georges parents.
Hugs!

Carletta said...

Hubby and I followed a trail of old mills a few years ago when we left the Smokies. I just love them!
The covered railroad bridge got me for a minute since I knew I had never seen any. I was pretty sure an Engine wouldn't fit through. Nice that they did that though.
A baby cardinal. Oh, I so hope he grows quickly before it gets too far into cold weather.
Have a wonderful weekend Betsy! I always wonder what you and George will get into. :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Love the old mill...awesome pictures...always enjoy your blog...everytime...every read
Have a great weekend

Glenda said...

Love the old buildings! Old mills are always fascinating to me.

I learned something new from your post: I didn't know that cardinals had a new brood this time of year. I'll have to watch for some little ones here.

Have a blessed weekend!

Glenda said...

P.S. I almost always learn something new from your posts!!

SquirrelQueen said...

I love to see the old mills, I would like to stay in that B&B just to explore. When I was young there was one we visited that was working but I can't remember where it was!

All of the building you found are great, these are the kind of places I enjoy seeing. It does seem late in the season for the baby cardinal, he is so cute.

Have a great visit with George's parents.

NENSA MOON said...

Ow... those buildings are amazing!!
I always love the old buildings... they usually give the deep and strong impression... especially those buildings on the pics above were very artistic in design...I really love this kind of buildings...
Thanks for sharing with us, Betsy!

A blessing to you, my friend!
nensa

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Betsy! I love the old mill and the covered bridge. The house is neat, I love that design. Great photos! Have a wonderful weekend.

Neal said...

That covered bridge is part of a walking trail that starts on SR 63 near US-25E and is suppose to go to Middlesboro eventually....at least that is what I understand.

diane said...

There are some very interesting old buildings there. The house is gorgeous and a lovely blue sky too. It will be fun watching the baby bird grow.I bet you were a proud grandma.

Mary said...

That would be a nice B&B to stay at. Love the roof of that house! Interesting bridge and a good idea. What a cute cardinal baby. We've had quite a few too and now that I know I have a hawk stalking my birds, I worry about them!

Diana (Di) said...

Betsy, I can hear it in your "voice"... you had a great time. Wonderful historical sites and I too love that roof and the covered bridge.

Hope your weekend is a lovely one.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Lovely old buildings!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

"The Olde Mill" Bed and Breakfast. Oh I'd love to stay there!

And love to get inside the Infantry Regimental Headquarters.

Such history at these places!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Hi Betsy, I'm just now catching up on reading my favorite blogs, and when I saw the Olde Mill it brought back lots of memories, as we have eaten there!
A wonderful place, and so authentic, it's like stepping back in time.
Fancy that ! A new baby, this late in the season ;)
Enjoyed your post, I'm off to read more ....
Hugs,
Jo

amelia said...

I hope you are enjoying your time with Georges parents Betsy!!

I've been at a St Johns Ambulance workshop all day with Luke and I'm glad to be home!!

I love the mill, they always smell so nice, kind of old and I identify with that!! :)

Diane AZ said...

Interesting what you found out about the covered bridge, that it used to be a railroad bridge. Such a sweet little cardinal, what a nice surprise. Take care and have a great trip to Hendersonville. :D

Rose said...

fantastic photos. i loved the old house with strange roof. the bed & breakfast looked so inviting. have a good evening. rose

LV said...

Thank you for another great trip thorough part of the state of Tennessee. I love that part of the country.

June said...

Pretty place! I do love old buildings!

Your quivery, shaky, fluttery baby cardinal made me smile.

B. Meandering said...

The Old Mill B&B looks like a wonderful place to stay--so great that someone is preserving it.

I love seeing history like that regimentary headquarters.

All the places that caught your interest would have caught mine too just like someone else commented.

Enjoy seeing Tenn. with you and George!:)

Oh and: Cute papa and baby bird.

Meems said...

Betsy,
You two are quite the get-away-and-have-fun folks! I love it that you share all your great ventures with us. We like to stay in B&B's when we travel, too. I make good notes about which ones are worth returning to... there are so many that are suffering right now.
Would you recommend this one?
Meems

Reader Wil said...

Hi Betsy! Thanks for the wonderful trip and for sharing those beautiful photos. It's the first time I pay you a visit, but as your husband often talks about you, I got curious to see your blog!It's great!

Lisa said...

I enjoyed taking this walk with you . There is so much history all over and your sure did capture some beauty. Have a most beautiful day.

Daisy said...

Hello Betsy! I hope you've had a good weekend. Great pictures! It does seem late to see a baby bird this time of year. That was kind of a surprise. Have a good week! :)

Denise said...

Hi Betsy, loved this latest series of photos. Those old places have so much beauty and character and I've seen a lot of cardinal babies late in the season, that surprised me too. Have a great week.

Sharon said...

Pardon me, I just stumbled in...
Love your header picture! Great trip and wonderful pictures!!! I imagine that fancy house is a roofer's nightmare. :-)

Rose said...

That little stream that goes beside the old mill used to have several trout in it...not sure if they are still there or not.

It travels on and becomes a regular creek...when I was a kid, we played in it most summer days. It is where we hunted crawdads, and mussels, and skipped rocks, and had a grape vine swing for a short while.

THE OLD GEEZER said...

The old home is very neat!! Great photos and information. :-)

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Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hi, Betsy. These are such neat buildings. I love the old log building with chinking.

EcoRover said...

Lovely pics of a great historic visit, Betsy. Hope you will have good fall colors.

PS: Mrs & I took a long hike today & came home for moose steaks on the grill--tender, lean & tasty.

KathyA said...

I've never seen a covered railroad bridge, either! Poor baby cardinal--I hope his daddy helped him.

Ruthi said...

the Olde Mill must have a very interesting history to tell. just by the look of it... it must've witnessed a lot of things and stories worth telling.