7.24.2011

Outlaws of McNairy County.

{LISTEN: From Here You Can Almost See the Sea by David Gray}

Sometimes we like to get in the car, turn up the radio, and just drive. Destination unknown and a warm breeze blowing through the cracked windows.

It was a perfectly picturesque summer day, so we took a Sunday afternoon drive through the hills of southwest Tennessee. We found ourselves in the quaint riverfront town of Savannah...rich in civil war history and pretty waterside views. The Cherry Mansion sat high on a bluff, overlooking the rushing river, and although it is a private residence, we stopped to revel in the majestic pre-war architecture. The home played a pivotal part in the war between the states, as Union General Ulysses S. Grant and a few other soldiers were guests there during the pivotal first hours of the Battle of Shiloh, the 6th bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Reportedly Gen. Grant was at Cherry Mansion, that day in 1862, recovering from a night of binge drinking. 

After our short visit to Savannah, we headed west, and rolled into Adamsville, a tiny Southern town and  the home of the legendary American hero, Sheriff Buford Pusser. 
The larger-than-life lawman stood 6-6, and single-handedly fought crime along the rough Mississippi/Tennessee border in the 1960's. He defeated mobsters, shut down whiskey stills, and jailed more than 7500 criminals. In the course of his career, he survived being shot eight times, and seven stab wounds. His jaw was blasted completely off by a bullet during a 1967 ambush that took the life of his wife. After all the trials he experienced in his young life, he died after losing control of his corvette, and crashing into an embankment at age 36. Maybe you've heard of him? He's the big man who carried a big stick....he was portrayed in the film Walking Tall. 

Pusser's home now doubles as a museum, and it houses memorabilia from the mundane to the strange. The small-town guide knew everything there was to know about the famous sheriff, and the entire sleepy town seems to revolve around his legacy. 

It was really neat to spend an entire afternoon immersed in history, beginning with the ghosts of the civil war, and ending with the legendary lawman that walked so very tall.  

26 comments:

DoublClik said...

Hey Ashley, I'm Andrea a fellow photo blogger and I spotted you on Mariel's Window. I'm so glad I swung by. You are beautiful and have a beautiful family, plus you photographed a mansion, and I just fell in love with one in Pittsburgh! Blogged about it this past week. Beautiful blog

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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Great photos!! Such a beautiful mansion. I adore history, wish we had more of it here in LA. I'd love to just pick up and drive around!

mapleandvine said...

How fun! what beautiful american architecture you were able to enjoy!

Laura Elizabeth said...

What a gorgeous house! Wouldn't mind living there at ALL!

I love odd little museums, hope you guys had fun. Seems like it :)

Buford Pusser said...

LOVE YOU!!!
This was a fun little trip. Seeing some Ole Southern Homes is always fun to me. Just think what all these homes have seen. WOW if a house could talk. This was just not enough for us on this Sunday drive. So here we go pulling on in to good ole Buford's home. I am really glad we made that little extra drive. I enjoyed seeing his home. Our Little Man was Walking Tall with his new whistle. OH! GREAT PICTURES!

LOVE YOU!!!

Jeannie said...

Historic homes are so beautiful and have such history. You do so well with your photography.
Little guy catching a nap before all the excitement.

sherri lynn said...

These pictures are beautiful! That house and all of the trees are just gorgeous!

Shay said...

I love history SO MUCH! The little facts get me going everytime! And I have seen Walking Tall with the Rock in it, but had no idea it was based on a real person! So neat!

Val Fox said...

Sounds like a perfect Sunday! Great pictures, as always. :)
-Val

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Great pics! Looks like you had a wonderful time :)

www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

Janette said...

What a lovely trip! I wish we could take little random outings like this.. with no destination planned..sadly gas prices here are ridiculous :-( boo! but at least I can live vicariously via your blog posts! yipee!! Hey.. is that fringy thiny a scarf or a vest?? It's beautifuL!


Janette, the Jongleur

Eva Marie said...

How sweet is it that Hudson is having a tour of his beautiful state one town at a time..

I think it is lovely to just drive with no known destination.

Bad Joan said...

Love that diagonal picture of you by the stone wall.

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Cara-Mia said...

Looking at historical things/visiting historical places is definitely fun to do. :)

Mariel Torres said...

You guys have the coolest summer adventures!

Pink Sun Drops said...

Sunday drives are one of my favorite memories as a kid. Yours looks so peaceful and beautiful.

Shea said...

I'm feeling so inspired to go explore the historical sites right around me--I never take the time to do things like that but I know it would be worth my while! And I love that vest--what a fun piece!

MelissaOklahoma said...

I always have fun exploring historical sites. I'm loving your pictures too!

bananas. said...

gorgeous photos!!! and i love the idea of exploring nearby history. i've been meaning to do that in my area.

princessmicah said...

cute cute little boy.

Rebekka Seale said...

I didn't know there was a Savannah, Tennessee! Looks like a place I'd love to visit!

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

OOO, what an interesting day trip! The scenery is absolutely breathtaking as well. Hudson is getting so biiiiiig!

xo, Ashley

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

HAHAHA I laughed at the shot of your hubby looking angry/tough and such.
I love learning all the historical aspects of places like this. how cool!!!

Kelly said...

I love Savannah (and Tennessee!) Beautiful photos of beautiful places!

Peachy Cheek said...

Beautiful photos! What a coincidence I just watched both movies (the original and the newer one)! Sounds like a beautiful day!!

Kim

Anonymous said...

You really should have toured Shiloh National Military Park while you were in the area. It is a very beautiful and picturesque park. Something unexpected is the amount and diversity of wildlife. There are two nesting pairs of bald eagles, deer and wild turkeys. There are several historical buildings on the grounds. Also, the view from the National Cemetery overlooking the river is incredible! Hope you get a chance to visit again.