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ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS NOVEMBER 19. 2012

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS

    Somewhere in Tennessee…..”We’ve really been following
the “Lincoln Trail,” said Bobbie Lhea Everhart, the 16-year old
daughter of Bob & Sheila.  We’ve already visited Lincoln’s home in
Springfield, Ill. That’s where the tour guide told dad to stay off the
carpeting or get hit with a wet noodle.  It was Lincoln’s Presidential
Library & Museum, his tomb, and then the Lincoln Boyhood National
Memorial, where his mother is buried, next.  I thought it was all very
exciting, and it even got better when we reached Clayville, where mom
and dad performed.”
     “The Clayville Historical Site, is the restoration of
the 1834 Broadwell Inn & Tavern, the first stagecoach stop on this
important road just west of Springfield,” added Bob.  “The restoration
is complete, and it’s a beautiful old Inn and Tavern. It was built in
1834 by John Broadwell, a wealthy man from New Jersey.  The two-story
Inn was built to resemble a two-story country Inn in England. 
Downstairs was a kitchen, a commons area, and a bar.  Upstairs were
rooms for travelers to rest.  The Broadwell’s attorney was none other
than Abraham Lincoln, who helped arrange all the necessarys to build the
beautiful structure.  The Inn thrived until stagecoach usage diverted
to railroad and then to highway, and fell into great decline.  The
Historical Society that formed to restore the structure, hired Sheila
and I to perform for their catered roasted chicken and grilled pork chop
dinner.  We had a great time, the ‘feel’ of this place is
extraordinary, and the food was fantastic.  Once again Sheila sold a lot
of CD’s, mostly our Smithsonian ones this time, which is always a great
treat for us.”
     “We skipped over to Kentucky for some sight seeing,”
Sheila added, “before we got lost in Tennessee.  There’s a General
Patton Museum there that we found extremely interesting, but right next
door is Fort Knox, where all of America’s gold is supposed to be
stored.  We talked to a Staff Sgt., at Fort Knox, who told us he didn’t
think ALL of the gold was there, a lot of it has been moved away.  We
drove in to take a picture, but we sure didn’t get very far.  So off we
went to Old Stone Fort campground, and much to our surprise found five
white-tail deer sleeping right outside our camper the next morning. 
What a very pleasant experience and picture taking opportunity.”
     “Mom wanted some southern style catfish for lunch,”
Bobbie Lhea added, “so dad stopped at the first seafood restaurant he
could find, Captain D’s.  And yes, they had some really good catfish.  I
had some too, and dad was proud to say we managed a budget lunch.  He
decided to take-out three portions of gumbo, for later, but when we ate
it I think they put too much okra in it, it was kind of slimy, and dad
wouldn’t eat his.”

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