Tennessee Trip Five/Six

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday May 16, 2012 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, National Parks, Travel

Bruce was gone by the time we got up in the morning and  set off for more sites. The first stop was Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, TN.  This turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the trip. The kids were so excited because they are very interested in Cherokee history but there was not much to this site.  I don’t think we were there even an hour. We left there and went to Fort Loudoun. This was a surprise and much better. There was a good movie to give an overview.  The fort, pictured above, was built by South Carolina in 1757 to ensure the Cherokee that lived in the area  would fight on the side of English not French. This worked for a time but conflicts arose and violence broke out between British and Cherokee. Eventually, the Cherokee took over the for and massacred the fleeing British that they promised to let leave. The Cherokee did this in retaliation of the execution of Cherokee hostages at Fort Prince George.

We ended up with more time so I added the Lost Sea Adventure to the day. I saw some signs and I was worried that it would be a tourist trap but we actually enjoyed the site. It is a huge cavern with great stories and  a boat ride in the lake inside. The kids loved the boat ride and feeding the fish. Claire is still talking about this cavern and wants to go back and sleep there. I think that sounds like a great trip with dad. We had a great dinner and spent the night in a hotel.

On the way home we stopped at Andrew Johnson’s National Park. It was a little disappointing because we were unable to see the homestead because of another group and staff meeting. We did see a movie, the small visitor center, the early home and the cemetery where he is buried. The story of Johnson is interesting. He came for meager beginnings and did not have a formal education. He was the first president to be impeached but he was not removed from office. It was over breaching the Tenure Of Office Act which was later ruled unconstitutional. The site as okay but don’t go out of your way to go. After this stop, we headed home!! It was another grand adventure for the Ledford family. Even though we had a few bumps in the road, it turned out great. Where will the road take us next….



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