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Friends of Historic Deerfield Trip: Nashville, Tennessee

Join Historic Deerfield President Philip Zea October 16-20, 2019 to explore the best of the Music City, including connoisseur tours of remarkable private collections, fascinating museums, historic architecture, live music, and delicious Southern cuisine.


Wednesday, October 16

After arrival (on your own) at the hotel, join Philip Zea, fellow travelers, and members of Historic Deerfield’s staff for an evening welcome reception and dinner.

Thursday, October 17

We will spend the first half of the day accompanied by James Hoobler, Senior Curator of Art & Architecture at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.  With James as our guide, we will tour:

Tennessee State Museum –The Museum’s six permanent exhibitions take visitors on a 13,000 year journey – through artifacts, films, interactive displays, events and educational programing – from the state’s geological beginnings to the present day. It is one of the oldest and largest state museums in the nation.

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State Capitol –Built between 1845 and 1859 by renowned architect William Strickland, this National Historic Landmark is one of Nashville’s most prominent examples of Greek Revival architecture.  The State Capitol became the first in the Confederacy to fall to the Union Army, in February 1862. Andrew Johnson, appointed military governor of Tennessee by President Lincoln later that year, reportedly watched the Battle of Nashville from the Capitol’s tower and had a plan to dynamite the Capitol if the Confederates threatened the city.

Downtown Presbyterian Church – Built following a fire in 1848 that destroyed the previous structure, the church was also designed by William Strickland and is a stunning and rare example of Egyptian Revival architecture in the United States.

As we enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, Carroll Van West, Director of the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University, will share his insights into Nashville’s historical and cultural riches. Van’s talk will provide the perfect segue between the morning’s historic highlights and the afternoon’s country music hits:

Country Music Hall of Fame – Called the “Smithsonian of Country Music,” the Hall of Fame is an iconic landmark for country music fanatics, artists and critics. In the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects.  The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens that chronicle the stardom of the genre's famous favorites.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame

RCA Studio B – Once the recording home of popular music titans such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, and The Everly Brothers, RCA Studio B is the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville and is a legacy landmark in the rich history of popular music.  Stand in the very spot where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs, including the 1960 chart-topper, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

Country Music Classics – After returning to the hotel to relax and freshen up, we will head out to dinner for some authentic Tennessee Bar-B-Que. Then it’s off to the Historic Ryman Theater, affectionately known as “The Mother Church of Country Music” and “The Carnegie Hall of the South” – for an evening of live country music classics.

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Friday, October 18

On this day, Mr. C. Tracey Parks, noted collector of Southern decorative arts and independent scholar of Tennessee furniture, will be our host as we tour historic Sumner County, east of Nashville along the Cumberland River.  Our day will include visits to:

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – The Home of the People’s President is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums. Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with more than 20 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church and gardens.

Historic Cragfont – Built 1798-1802, Cragfont was, at the time, the finest mansion house on the Tennessee frontier and typified the grandeur and style of the best of the late Georgian period homes. It is built of gray rough finished Tennessee limestone that was quarried on site, and of poplar, walnut, cherry and ash that was hand hewn and cut from the surrounding forest.



Private Homes and Collections – Our afternoon includes exclusive visits to private Sumner County homes and collections.  

Saturday, October 19

This day we head south of Nashville to the town of Franklin, in Williamson County, where County Historian Rick Warwick will accompany us for a tour of:

Carter House – In 1830, Fountain Branch Carter built a one-and-a-half story brick house just south of downtown Franklin for his small family. In just twenty years the Carter farm grew from nineteen acres to two hundred and eighty-eight. Fountain also added a cotton gin which increased the farm’s value and production immensely.  However, on November 30, 1864, the Civil War Battle of Franklin raged across the fields south of town, scarring the landscape, claiming the lives of thousands and changing life on the Carter farm forever.

Carnton – This antebellum plantation, built in 1826 by former Nashville mayor Randal McGavock, grew to become one of the premier farms in Williamson County, Tennessee.  Beginning at 4 p.m. on November 30, 1864, everything the McGavock family ever knew was forever changed. The Confederate Army of Tennessee furiously assaulted the Federal army entrenched along the southern edge of Franklin. The resulting battle, believed to be the bloodiest hours of the Civil War, involved a massive frontal assault larger than Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. The Battle of Franklin lasted barely five hours and led to some 9,500 soldiers being killed, wounded, captured, or counted as missing, including 7,000 Confederate troops.  As a result, Carnton was pressed into service as the largest Confederate field hospital in the area. 

Carnton Plantation

Carnton Plantation

Private Homes and Collections – In addition to our visits to Carter and Carnton, Rick will lead us on an insider’s tour of Williamson County, including visits to stunning private historic homes and collections of early southern decorative arts, including Meeting of the Waters and Pontotoc Farm.

Meeting of the Waters

Meeting of the Waters

Sunday, October 20

After breakfast at the hotel, guest will depart for home or to explore further the many fascinating cultural and historical riches found in and around Nashville.



Lodging: Our lodging for this trip (arriving Wednesday, October 16; departing Sunday, October 20) will be 21c Museum Hotel in Nashville.  This invigorating combination of contemporary art museum and boutique hotel in downtown Nashville is a comfortable and memorable art-filled escape.

Arrival/Departure: Most major airlines provide service to Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is approximately eight miles from the hotel.  Uber and local taxi/shuttle services are readily available from the airport terminal.  Air transportation is not included.

Ground transportation:  All ground transportation will be provided on Thursday, October 17 through Saturday, October 20, originating from and returning to the 21C Museum Hotel in Nashville.  Travelers are responsible for their own transportation to the hotel on Wednesday, October 16 and upon departure on Sunday, October 20.



With options ranging from authentic southern barbeque to haute cuisine, prepare to savor the innovative cuisine that Nashville has to offer.


Itinerary subject to change. 



Early Bird Price before 6/30/2019  $3,995 (Save $250!)

Price after 6/30/2019  $4,245

Prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single accommodations are an additional $250.  Participants must be members of Historic Deerfield or join at registration.  Included meals and transportation:  dinner on Wednesday, October 16; all meals and transportation Thursday October 17-Saturday, October 19; breakfast on Sunday, October 20.  Prices do not include airfare.  Guests are responsible for their own transportation to/from the airport.

Special Early Bird Offer – The first 15 people to register will receive a copy of Art of Tennessee, featuring approximately 250 of the most extraordinary examples of paintings, sculptures, furniture, quilts, pottery, silver, maps, and other forms of art created throughout Tennessee.

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To register for the Friends of Historic Deerfield Trip to Nashville, Tennessee, please call (413) 775-7176.


General Terms and Conditions

PLEASE NOTE:  Any payment to Historic Deerfield for this Friends Trip constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.  Historic Deerfield reserves the right to cancel the trip if undersubscribed.  A full refund will be provided if Historic Deerfield cancels the trip.

INCLUDED—All entrance fees, lodging, meals, bus transportation, group gratuities, and taxes are paid by Historic Deerfield.

NOT INCLUDED—Fees for airfare, transportation to the hotel, personal gratuities, room service, hotel incidentals and hospitality bar, laundry and dry cleaning, parking, travel insurance, and all items of a strictly personal nature. 

MOBILITY AND FITNESS TO TRAVEL—The right is retained to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of Historic Deerfield is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subject only to the requirement that the portion of the total amount paid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodations be refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance.

CANCELLATION—All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Historic Deerfield.  Cancel-lations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $250 per person cancellation fee. Cancellation during September 2019 will result in forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person.  Cancellation during October 2019 will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. 

BAGGAGE—Transport of baggage and personal effects is at the owner’s risk throughout the travel program and are the sole responsibility of the owners at all times. The transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event, during the time passengers are not on board their conveyances.

AUTHORITY TO USE IMAGES AND AUDIO RECORDINGS—On occasion, Historic Deerfield obtains from its staff, or from trip participants, photographic or video images of participants and trip activities. By participating in this travel program, you authorize Historic Deerfield, without providing compensation to you, or obtaining additional approvals from you, to include photographic and video recordings of you, as well as voice recordings included with any videos, in Historic Deerfield’s sales, marketing, advertising, publicity and/or training activities.

RESPONSIBILITY—Historic Deerfield does not own or operate any entity which provides goods or services for this program, and acts only as agents for the independent suppliers of travel conveyance, transport, accommodations or other services. All such persons or entities are independent contractors. As a result, Historic Deerfield is not liable for any negligence or willful act of any such person or entity or any third person.  In addition and without limitation, Historic Deerfield is not responsible for any delays, delayed departure or arrival, missed carrier connections, loss, death, damage or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodations, transportation or other services or for any substitution of hotels or of common carrier equipment, with or without notice, or for any additional expenses occasioned thereby. 

Dates, program details and tour costs, although given in good faith and based on tariffs, and other information current at the time of printing, are subject to change at or before the time of departure. No revisions of the printed itinerary or its included features are anticipated.  However, the right is reserved to make any changes, with or without notice, which might become necessary, with the mutual understanding that any additional expenses will be paid by the individual passenger. If the entire program is cancelled for any reason, participants shall have no claim other than for a full refund. By forwarding the deposit, the passenger certifies that he/she has no physical, mental or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for himself/herself or other passengers and accepts the terms of this contract set out herein and in more specific pre-departure passenger information.

DEDUCTABILITY—A portion of the total cost of the trip may be considered a tax-deductable gift to Historic Deerfield, and will be acknowledged at the conclusion of the trip.

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