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Discover Middle Tennessee during your trip to Nashville.

Nashville's mid-state location makes it a natural starting point for making your way around the surrounding area. Natural wonders, historic homes and sites, state parks and a variety of festivals and events all provide entertaining day trips when you're not involved in Congress activities.

Cedars of Lebanon State Park is graced by the largest remaining red cedar forest in the Southeast. The Park has 166 campsites, an Olympic-size swimming pool, wading pool, camp store, nature center and recreation hall. There are also four nature trails and facilities for picnics, bicycle riding, softball and a variety of other outdoor activities. The Park is located 30 miles outside of Nashville.

The Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village, located 35 miles southeast of downtown Nashville, features original buildings from Rutherford and middle Tennessee counties brought to Murfreesboro and restored. You'll see a church, general store, guest house, grist mill, art league exhibit and a historical Murfreesboro exhibit. Antique farm equipment and tractors are also displayed.

The James K. Polk Home, built in 1816 by the father of the former president, contains furniture, portraits, silver, china and relics used by President and Mrs. James K. Polk during their stay at the White House. The adjacent house, known as Sisters' House, was built by Maria Polk and James Walker. Sisters' House has exhibit areas featuring Mrs. Polk's Paris gown, inaugural Bible and fan and the Polk jewels. The home is a National Historic Landmark, and the Sisters' House is on the National Register of Historic Places. The homes are located 41 miles south of downtown Nashville.

The Antique Show and Sale in Murfreesboro will be held July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1. Located just 32 miles south of downtown Nashville, the Show presents 69 dealers from 14 states. The event is held at Middle Tennessee State University's Murphy Center and is sponsored by the Murfreesboro Antique Dealers Association.

The Wineries of Middle Tennessee offer free samplings and a tour. When prohibition hit the state, the vineyards fell into disuse; however, wine makers kept the art alive by making wine for their families and friends, a legal hobby. In 1977, Tennessee laws were changed to once again allow farm wineries. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery is located in Clarksville, 40 miles northwest of Nashville; Shangrila, in nearby Lebanon, is located 30 miles from downtown Nashville.

Historic Franklin, located 18 miles south of Nashville, features more than 50 shops, including antique and art galleries, specialty shops and restaurants.

Whether you choose to visit a historic site, tour the wineries or peruse an antique show, you won't be disappointed. You may even decide to just drive around the beautiful Tennessee countryside - whatever your preference, get set for a thoroughly enjoyable visit. Tennessee awaits!
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