Nashville Part III: Greek Architecture and Tennessee Barbecue
Ashland City, TN - Events of Tuesday, July 24, 2012
When we were finished touring Fontanel Mansion, we headed about 20 miles south of Nashville to Nolansville, TN for a late lunch at Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, which was featured on Triple D. On the way, we made a short side trip to visit the Parthenon. No, we didn't put pontoons on our car and sail to Greece. Nashville has a full-size replica of the Parthenon located in Centennial Park. The replica was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
Because one of Nashville's nicknames is Athens of the South (presumably because it has so many colleges and universities and is a city of learning like Athens in ancient Greece), many buildings of the exposition were based on buildings of ancient Greece. However, the Parthenon is the only one that was a full-size replica, so it was the only one that was not torn down after the exposition. In case you're wondering, Nashville's other nickname is Music City.
Nashville's Parthenon was not intended to be permanent, so it was originally built of wood, plaster and brick. It was kept in place after the centennial exposition because of its immense popularity. After about 20 years, the Parthenon had suffered serious deterioration from the weather, so it was demolished and rebuilt starting in 1920 from concrete on the original foundations. The exterior was completed in 1925, and the interior was completed in 1931.
Today, the Parthenon functions as an art museum with a collection of 63 paintings from the 1800s and 1900s on permanent display and with various traveling art exhibits. Also on display are reproductions and castings of several ancient Greek sculptures. It was getting late and we were very hungry, so we decided not to pay the $6 admission fee ($4 for seniors) to go inside. Instead we were content to look at the reproductions of the sculptures on the outside.
As we said, our real destination was Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint in Nolansville. Martin's is another barbecue restaurant that does whole hog barbecue. Unlike Scott's where we went recently near Jackson, TN that only had pulled pork, Martin's also has ribs, brisket, chicken and turkey.
Margery had a half rack of ribs served dry with sauce on the side ($12). She also had hand-cut fries and slaw. Paul decided on a pulled pork plate with potato salad and slaw ($10). Sandwiches range in price from $4 to $6.
The ribs were tender enough, but not quite fall-off-the-bone tender. The dry rub was a little heavy on rosemary for our taste, but ribs were nice and smoky and meaty. The sauce was very good - tart and sweet at the same time. The pork was smoky, tender and moist; but Paul thought the portion was a little skimpy for the $10 price.
That evening back at the motor home, we decided we needed to go for a walk to burn off some of our big barbecue lunch. We ended up down by the river again at the boat launch. The level of the water was down a about a foot from where it was a few nights before when we were there, and a little more of the boat ramp was exposed. Unfortunately, the part that was exposed was wet and slippery. Guess who got to close to the slippery part and ended up getting wet.
Paul rushed to Margery's aid. Well, he didn't actually rush because he took time for a photo as soon as he was sure she wasn't hurt and wasn't going to slip deeper into the water. He also didn't want to rush too fast for fear of falling himself. Fortunately, Margery wasn't seriously hurt. The expression on her face in the above photo is one of disgust at getting wet rather than an expression of pain. She had a few scrapes on her knee, a wet butt, and a couple of bruises - one to her knee and one to her dignity.
We took the following couple of days to relax around the motor home, then departed for our next destination on Friday. We'll tell you where that was in our next post.