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Monday, November 08, 2010

Walking Around Knoxville

We finally got ourselves out of the house!! It was soooo past time for me to get out. I like being lazy and doing nothing, but after a couple of days, I gotta get out and do something.

The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 60s. That made it even more pleasant to take a walking tour around downtown Knoxville.

Tour of Knoxville

This tour centered around the music history of Knoxville. There were a lot of music “firsts” here that I was surprised to learn. Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, and The Everly Brothers got their starts here. Hank Williams, Sr. breathed some of his last breaths here. “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, Flatt & Scruggs, Kitty Wells and seven-year-old Dolly Parton are just a few country music stars who also made Knoxville part of their own music histories.

Andrew Johnson Building – where Hank Williams spent the last few hours of his lifeAndrew Johnson building

Site of Everly Brothers’ beginningsSite of Everly Bros beginnings

Roy Acuff first performed hereTennesee Theater - Roy Acuff's first performance

As we walked around town, we saw lots of beautiful autumn color lining the streets. That was nice because we haven't been able to do much “color watching.”

P1120442 Brilliant color Lots of color along the street

There are many buildings designated historic by a plaque on them with a “KH” denoting them as part of Knoxville Heritage.

We ended our walk in the Market Square which consists of several restaurants of varying styles, boutiques, and a green area. It is under some restoration which was good to see. The town is also in the midst of decorating for Christmas!

Market Square history P1120467 P1120468 P1120465

It was time for lunch so we chose Market Square Kitchen because of the specials offered. Randy had the pot roast special and I had the burrito special. Both were very tasty, good-sized portions and reasonable. It was cafeteria style, so no tip was necessary so the total was just $15. Not bad, not bad at all.

Market Square Kitchen - where we had lunch P1120469

The day was very enjoyable. We always like walking tours, it's such a great way to learn about an area. There is so much more to do here but will have to wait for another time. It's always nice to want to come back somewhere. :)

Until the next time . . .

1 comment:

  1. Love the ladder-back chairs in the last picture. The whole walking tour was great. Thanks for sharing it with us.