Friday, May 4, 2012

Tulip Grove Plantation

Last year around this time, my husband and I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the wedding of one of his first cousins.  We'd never been to Nashville, and it was a fun town.  Unfortunately, we didn't get to see much of it because my husband only took one day off work, and it was a long drive from where we live.  His parents drove, too, but they left a day earlier than we did in order to see some of the sights.

I don't think I took any pictures of Nashville during that short, whirlwind trip; but we did take some photos of Tulip Grove Plantation, where the wedding reception was held.  The wedding ceremony was held in the nearby Hermitage Chapel.  It was a real treat to see this lovely, historic home and chapel and to be part of the wedding celebration.

Tulip Grove was built in 1836 for Andrew Jackson Donelson, the nephew of Andrew Jackson, and was acquired by the Ladies Hermitage Association in 1964.  President Jackson's home, The Hermitage, is nearby.  Tulip Grove is an example of the antebellum Greek Revival style popular before the American civil war.  You can read more about the history of Tulip Grove and The Hermitage HERE.

Some of these interior shots turned out blurry because there were so many people inside, we didn't have room to set up the tripod.  I'm showing the pics anyway because I love the wall colors and the chandeliers.

You can see more of the blue walls in this picture from Wikipedia.

This is the color of blue that I want our dining room to be.  Isn't it a pretty color?  Below is another blurry picture, but I wanted to show you this dessert table.  I love the way the cupcakes are presented and all the silver serving pieces.  It's exactly what you'd expect to see in this graceful, old home.

Notice the rounded wall behind the table.  The house features a spiral staircase that winds all the way to the attic.  Here's another picture from Wikipedia.

This is such an elegant fireplace mantle with the ionic columns on either side.

I love the white paneling beneath these windows and the beautiful draperies.

Cheerful yellow walls...

and pretty pink napkins. 

These are gorgeous chandeliers!

The bride looked so elegant.  I first met her when she was about seven years old; she's grown into a beautiful young woman.  I don't have any close-ups of her, but she's sitting to the right of the window in these pictures.

Thanks for your visit -- I hope you enjoyed the tour!  I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.  Have a great weekend!!


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