Our Literary Ladies book club has gotten off to a great start! I missed the last meeting due to a bout with strep throat. However, Kristen did a fabulous job capturing the night and the amazing book that we all read. Our next book is one that I have been wanting to read for, a kid you not, a year, and it has only been out since November! However, I have read everything this author has written, follow her blog, and
stalk am friends with her on facebook. So, I knew it was coming and I could not wait! I was thrilled beyond words when Kristen said she thought it would be a great choice for our June meeting!
Well, once I read the book, A Lasting Impression, I had to find out more about Belmont mansion I had read about and the people I had fallen in love with in the book. (The lady who actually owned the mansion is a main character in the book.) As I was exploring, I found that Adelicia Acklen's 195th birthday celebration was going to be celebrated at the mansion on a Saturday in March. Parties played a HUGE role in the book, so I knew we had to take a field trip! So, we got a group together, and off we went! It was a beautiful spring Saturday for us to explore the immaculate grounds.
|The original fountain in front of the house|
|The beautiful Belmont Mansion|
|My precious friends who made the trip|
|The mansion and fountain|
|The flowers were in full bloom as we walked from the mansion to the water tower|
that is mentioned in the book.
|What the mansion looked like at the time of the book and Civil War|
|The view from the water tower|