Road Trip – From Nashville, Tennessee to Cumberland, Maryland

Duke and I left Reno May 2 on a six week U.S. road trip. From Nashville we headed north into Kentucky. The countryside is beautiful, lots of spring green and wildflowers. Every day we stop for a road side picnic.


After lunch Friday we took a tour of the Makers Mark Distillery.



My Low Dutch Banta ancestors were some of the first settlers near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. We visited the old meeting house and cemetery they used.




We spent Friday night in Lexington, Kentucky. On Saturday we drove to Athens, Ohio. Ohio University is in Athens. We came into town about 2 in the afternoon. We immediately noticed student parties in every yard. We started counting the partiers and in about 5 minutes counted 65 partying kids as we were driving along. I Googled Ohio University and Party and discovered that the school is rated the number one party school in the country!

We were staying in Athens to go to a concert Saturday night at the Fur Peace Ranch. Yorma Kaukonen is a guitarist best known for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. We have seen him perform a couple of times and have always wanted to attend a concert at his guitar school – The Fur Peace Ranch. So Saturday night we went to a fantastic concert by the California Guitar Trio. It was a fantastic concert and the venue which only holds about 200 people was wonderful too.



From Athens we drove to Cumberland Maryland, another town where some of my ancestors lived. This time it was the Erbs and the Musslemans. We explored the area where they lived and Monday morning I did some research at the Genealogical Society. Duke was very patient. A couple of the people reading this may be interested in the results. I did find a couple of things. I will write it up soon.

It has been a great trip. If you would like to see all of our pictures they are on Flickr here.

Author: marionvermazen

I am a traveler, hiker, avid reader, Sun alumnus, computer geek, Spanish and French language student, knitter and genealogist. I am retired after working for almost 30 years in the Computer Industry. I live in Reno, Nevada with my husband Duke.

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