Archive for November 11th, 2013

CRCOK, so yeah, this may be weird, but I have long been interested in Rock City, a tourist attraction on Lookout Mountain overlooking Chattanooga, TN. This interest came from seeing barns painted “See Rock City” – advertisements for the site painted on nearly 1,000 barns in something like 20 states beginning in the 1930s and still around today. These barn advertisements (as seen on a barn on the Maker’s Mark property I visited the other day) made Rock City and Lookout Mountain a famous – if not tacky – tourist destination for the better half of the last century.

Rock City, which is actually on the Georgia side of Lookout Mountain, claims you can see seven states from its perch – a claim that has been made forever but is highly unlikely.

Anyway, when I rolled into Chattanooga the other day in the late afternoon, my first stop was the top of Lookout Mountain. I did stop by the entrance to Rock City, but because it was late in the day, I decided to forgo the entry fee and instead explored Lookout Mountain from other vantage points, like Point Park and other historic sites. Lookout Mountain was a strategic battleground in the Civil War and there is tons of history in the area.

Here is one of my views from the top of Lookout Mountain looking into the valley below.

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After exploring Lookout Mountain, I coasted in to the city of Chattanooga on the banks of the Tennessee River at sunset and was totally charmed.

KnitAI first encountered Knitting Mill Antiques, an old mill building right on the river that has been restored and converted into an antique gallery.

About Knitting Mill Antiques: “Knitting Mill Antiques is the proud home to over 100 individual dealers offering quality vintage collectables and antiques. Its location within a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century sewing factory perfectly complements its use and provides our customers with a shopping experience as unique as our wares. With almost 20,000 square feet of climate-controlled floor space, Knitting Mill Antiques has become the area’s premier destination for both the serious collector and the casual treasure-hunter.”

Learn more about Knitting Mill Antiques here.

WHRMeanwhile, a while back I did a post about Warehouse Row in Chattanooga, and I mentioned that I would like to visit it and do a road trip – and here I am… So I just had to check it out while I was in town and I was not disappointed. I love that there is so much revitalization in this city and I found it to be exciting and vibrant – much more than I expected.

About Warehouse Row in Chattanooga: “From its martial beginnings as the Old Stone Fort during the Civil War, to its transformation into a warehouse district at the turn of the 20th century, the buildings that define Warehouse Row represent the vibrant history and commercial culture of Chattanooga. As a mixed-use development in the 1980’s, Warehouse Row became a destination shopping center for the Southeast that was a part of revitalizing downtown Chattanooga.”

Learn more about Warehouse Row in Chattanooga here.

HUNTNext, I needed to make sure I got some culture while I was in Chattanooga and the city’s Hunter Museum was just the ticket.

About the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga: “Perched on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. This panorama is equaled only by the exceptional collection of American art inside, recognized as one of the country’s finest. Once inside, the inspiration continues, because it’s not just about the art; it’s all about you, the visitor. The Hunter is for the entire family to enjoy. Together, you will see art with new eyes as a way to better understand American history and to learn more about what makes us Americans today. The Hunter Museum focuses on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, furniture and contemporary studio glass covering a range of styles and periods. A few of the artists whose work is represented in the Hunter include Thomas Cole, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, Robert S. Duncanson, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, John Marin, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Jack Beal, George Segal, Duane Hanson, Robert Rauschenberg, Sam Gilliam, and Andy Warhol.”

I was impressed by the Hunter’s collection which was all American and very eclectic – just what I like.

Check out Chattanooga’s Hunter Museum online here.

Next stop: Music City USA – Nashville, baby!

Honoring our Veterans on this special day – thank you for your service.

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Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial, Louisville, KY