First stop was the Sunsphere in the World's Fair Park. Knoxville hosted the World's Fair in 1982, and the park is still a favorite place for joggers, dog walkers, and families with children. However, the "observation deck" on the fourth-floor of the Sunsphere was utterly underwhelming, as most of the park sits low along a creek, and the fourth floor is level with the street.
Nevertheless, from the observation deck I could see people decorating for a wedding in the amphitheater and could hear music from the other side of the tree line. So I set off to investigate. Along the way I crossed a bridge with a picturesque waterfall underneath. Dear Husband would have liked that.
Next I stumbled upon a statue of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), who played his very last concert ever in Knoxville, TN. The next month he died of advanced melanoma.
|View from a bridge near Blount Mansion overlooking the Tennessee River.|
The house is furnished with period pieces, including a desk with a secret compartment and a rocking bench with a removable rail so the family's slaves could tend the children as they grew from infanthood to childhood. The detached kitchen has a spice box that the matron unlocked once every morning so the cook could get what she needed. There is also a separate office with clay pipes, seals, and a traveling whiskey cabinet.
After stopping nearby for lunch, I wandered through a park (above) to Market Square (below). There were fountains, and children, and dogs, and music, and a group of people doing tai chi. Basically, a wonderful day to be out and about in downtown Knoxville, TN, where there is a surprising lot to do.
|Statue to women suffragettes.|