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Franklin, TN 37067
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Arts & Museums
Possibly the five bloodiest hours of America's Civil War took place here at the Battle of Franklin. On November 30, 1864, Carnton was occupied by Confederate troops moving toward the well-entrenched Federal army. A devastating battle ensued. Later, the mansion housed hundreds of the more than 6,000 Confederate casualties from that battle. Adjacent to the property is the largest private Confederate cemetery in America.
Carpenter Albert Lotz built this grand home in 1858 on what would become the site of the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War. Lotz turned his home into a makeshift hospital for the injured. Guided tour of the Civil War house showcase fine antiques and stories of the Lotz family during the critical 1864 Battle of Franklin. This collection of antiques is by far the finest private collection of American Victorian furniture in the Southeast according to the Magazine Antiques. Admission: $10 for Adults; $9 for Seniors
The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a beautiful observatory located in Brentwood. This fantastic observatory is a great place to get your kids along, so that they can learn more about Space and Astronomy. This place is sure to interest them in taking up Science and Engineering later on in their careers. The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory also features a well-equipped Library and a Computer Center where students can learn about telescopes and Space Exploration. Also used as a Venue, some famous artists including the likes of Marshall Chapman, Jeff Hanna, Chuck Cannon and Judy Collins have performed here.
Less than ten minutes south of the busy downtown district is a poignant reminder of life as it was in the 18th and 19th centuries. Farming was a way of life for early settlers in middle Tennessee, and Tennessee Agricultural Museum features a host of artifacts and farming implements. The renovated horse barn contains over 2,500 items on display, tracing the history of pioneer families. Special activities for children make this a true hands-on educational experience. Butter churning, corn shelling, quilting and story telling bring youngsters into the action and provide hours of fun and learning for all ages.
Step back into time as costumed docents take you on a guided tour of life as it was in the 1800s. Stroll through the lovely boxwood garden and view the plantation outbuildings. Special exhibits and events, such as "Celtic Music Festival" and "Heirloom Quilts" are scheduled throughout the year. The Peach Orchard Gift Shop offers a variety of mementos. Space is also available to rent for group gatherings.
Housed inside Cheekwood, the Cheekwood's Museum of Art is a 30,000-square foot (2,787-square meter) room, which is dedicated to American and British contemporary art. The building is built in a Gregorian-styled mansion with a large collection of paintings by American and British artists. The collections also include silver and one of the most noteworthy collections of Worcester porcelain in America. Cheekwood's Museum of Art has also been selected to house the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collections. A number of exhibitions take place here on a regular basis.
A few miles west of downtown is a gallery that houses a fine collection of impressionist paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. Inspired by the French masters of the 19th century, these gifted Americans created remarkable portraits and landscapes that rival the work of their European contemporaries. As you admire the exhibit here at Stanford Fine Arts gallery, keep in mind that each work on display is for sale and highly collectible. But be forewarned, the prices are a bit steep.
This small storefront art gallery is located in the Westgate Shopping Center of Belle Meade. Don't let its size fool you; Auld Alliance Gallery boasts one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the Southeast. In fact, art buffs will find the Post-impressionist selection quite remarkable. The gallery hosts two major shows per year, and is known for introducing some very imaginative and bold pieces to the Nashville area. Works are for sale and custom framing is available.
Twenty years ago, Carol Stein decided to give a few local artists a chance to showcase their talents. She financed a small exhibit of paintings, and the community responded enthusiastically. Today, her exhibits feature both emerging and nationally recognized artists and draw thousands of people to Cumberland Gallery. The exhibits change every month and range from paintings, sculpture, photography and other forms of fine and contemporary art. Contact the gallery by phone or e-mail for upcoming exhibits.
Located in the Belle Meade area of Nashville, Gallery One is a boon to both the established and the upcoming artistes of the city. It promotes young talent by way of exhibitions held frequently on its premises, with a space of 3,200 ft. Various guest artistes are also invited throughout the year to hold special exhibitions. Visit the gallery and take a look at some of the most beautiful paintings and sculptures in the city.
Shelton Gallery displays and sells folk art, work by local artists and knick-knacks. Curators constantly seek out new and exciting exhibits for the Nashville art crowd. Some pieces can be pricey, like an original watercolor by Nashville's Red Grooms going for $30,000. The gallery does not specialize in sculpture, but the pieces it does show are clever and unusual. Take your time. There's a lot to see, and you'll want to see it all.
Whether female or male, when you visit the Vanderbilt University campus, take some time to visit Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center. It offers a diverse collection of art and writings. The library holds volumes of books that chronicle the women's movement in America, and the art gallery displays paintings and sculptures that were inspired by advocates of gender equality. Throughout the year, special exhibits are held in the gallery to display the work of local female artists.