Today's theme is ladybugs. This guy greeted us outside our hotel in Knoxville.
Belle Meade Plantation, in the heart of Nashville, that we discovered these are Japanese beetles, not ladybugs. And they bite. Glad we didn't p*ss them off.
Hermitage: No photos were allowed inside either house. Interesting fact - the wallpaper is original to the house and has been there for 187 years.
The Hermitage has been open to the public since 1889, making it one of the oldest historic sites in the U.S.
The Ladies Auxiliary transplanted a tree from each of General Jackson's battlegrounds to line the paths of the Hermitage. Love that.
Belle Meade: the original Harding-Jackson family made their money in thoroughbred horses.
The original plantation was over 5000 acres and included its own limestone quarry. Except for the current 33 acre historical site, that land is now the town of Belle Meade.