Magazine article Corrections Today

Discover Middle Tennessee during Your Trip to Nashville

Magazine article Corrections Today

Discover Middle Tennessee during Your Trip to Nashville

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Nashville's mid-state location makes it a natural starting point for making your way around the surrounding area. Natural wonders, historic homes and sites, state parks and a variety of festivals and events all provide entertaining day trips when you're not involved in Congress activities.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park is graced by the largest remaining red cedar forest in the Southeast. The Park has 166 campsites, an Olympic-size swimming pool, wading pool, camp store, nature center and recreation hall. There are also four nature trails and facilities for picnics, bicycle riding, softball and a variety of other outdoor activities. The Park is located 30 miles outside of Nashville.

The Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village, located 35 miles southeast of downtown Nashville, features original buildings from Rutherford and middle Tennessee counties brought to Murfreesboro and restored. You'll see a church, general store, guest house, grist mill, art league exhibit and a historical Murfreesboro exhibit. Antique farm equipment and tractors are also displayed.

The James K. Polk Home, built in 1816 by the father of the former president, contains furniture, portraits, silver, china and relics used by President and Mrs. James K. Polk during their stay at the White House. The adjacent house, known as Sisters' House, was built by Maria Polk and James Walker. Sisters' House has exhibit areas featuring Mrs. Polk's Paris gown, inaugural Bible and fan and the Polk jewels. …

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