I find peace and solace in my afternoon walks at The Carnton Plantation and my dog, Sassy, finds true adventure around each blade of grass. Today was no different. The parking lot may be filled with visitors touring the plantation house, but in the field, on the Eastern Flank, there’s peace. I feel like I’m walking on hollowed ground and technically, I am. This is the home of the Battle of Franklin where almost 10,000 soldiers lost their lives in five hours. If you like Civil War history, read The Widow of the South,by Robert Hicks, a remarkable story about Carrie McGavock, a very courageous, compassionate woman.
Sassy runs and plays and frolics while I walk. She keeps me in her vision, and when I get too far away she comes a runnin’. I came to Carnton Plantation, even in the dead of winter when it was was dark and desolate.
Usually that’s how I was feeling.
On one of those dark days I discovered a lone pine tree that stood out above all the others and it spoke to me of strength.(No, I’m not crazy. Don’t trees sometimes speak to you?)
It became my reminder to stand strong and on the days when I felt little inside, I’d go there and somehow it restored me.
Spring is in full swing here in Franklin and today, the sky is the deepest shade of blue…dandelions dance in the pasture…the depth of green is brilliant…and the birds are singing in the trees.
This peace that I feel comes from within, but it washes over me and fills me with gratitude, and that, my friends is a good way to rejuvenate. We all need a place where we can go…
a place where we can leave behind whatever troubles we might be experiencing…
a place where we can clear our heads and breathe clean air.
When you visit Franklin, be sure to take a walk at the plantation and bring your dog, because it’s a playground for our canine friends.
What place helps you rejuvenate? Share your thoughts below.
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