Tennessee Sounds Good Part 2

Every state in the U.S. has symbols to brag about, songs, wild life and flags. I’ll show you some historical landmarks as well.

Tennessee got it’s nickname as the Volunteer State during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, especially during the Battle of New Orleans.

I love our state song, Rocky Top by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.

One of the finest singers is our Mocking Bird. He sings a melodious song of its own, and is noted for mimicking the songs of other birds.

The firefly and the lady bug are our state insects.

We honor the tulip poplar tree because the pioneers primarily used it to build their cabins.
tulip po

The passion wild flower, our state wild flower, got its name from Christian missionaries to South America, who saw in the flower’s various parts symbols of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
passion flower

The purple iris is commonly accepted as our state flower. All colors grow profusely all over the state.

The “bandit” raccoon is our state animal. I read in a list somewhere this adorable creature is considered one of 20 of the most dangerous animals.

Nashville is the state capitol. Our capitol building is a beautiful example of Grecian architecture.

Andrew Jackson, lawyer, judge, U.S. representative, was the seventh president of the United States. He is known for founding the Democratic Party and for his support of personal liberty. His nicknames include, “People’s President” and “Old Hickory”. His home, the Hermitage, is just outside Nashville. Anytime I can I take visitors there, and enjoy it each time.

One last landmark and treasure before I go: The Parthenon in Nashville.


One thought on “Tennessee Sounds Good Part 2

  1. Thanks for the tour of the Parthenon and I agree – Rocky Top is a great song. I think the passion flower is one of the most beautiful of all. I have never heard a mocking bird and I am surprised that raccoons are considered so dangerous.

    Thanks for the information on Tennessee, Meredith. 🙂


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