Not sure why there were so many acres of dead corn fields….but they made for a few nice photos.
The Seamour Shavin House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright structure in the state of Tennessee. We made a quick stop here on our way home from Chattanooga. It is a private residence so this is as far as I trespassed.
The house was commissioned in 1949 and completed in 1952. Both the exterior and interior of the house use primarily crab orchard stone and treated Louisiana cypress wood. The stonework is reminiscent of Fallingwater. The house is sits on top of a hill to take advantage of the view of the Tennessee River and Lookout Mountain.
This old photo I took has an eerie ghoulish look to it. I like it!
These were taken in the mid 80’s on black and white film. I love finding these old photos in my collection and giving them a little upgrade. Reading on the internet I found out this bridge was destroyed by tornadoes.
The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is the U.S. government’s civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center located at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Last time we went to Huntsville in 2002, they were not offering the Marshall Space Flight Center bus tours because of security concerns after 9/11. These started back up two years ago and depart from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The tour has changed a little, but still very fascinating. No longer on the tour is the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator which is where the astronauts would practice in the very large water tank. Now, you visit various aspects of the International Space Station.
Still on the tour is the original Mercury Redstone Rocket Test Stand and both the Static and Dybnamic Test Stand for the Saturn V Rocket. These two test stand were also used for the Space Shuttle. NASA also is making progress with the development of the Space Launch System (SLS) using these historic testing facilities.
The bus tour is well worth the $12.00, but make reservations in advance to be sure you get a seat.
This was my fourth visit to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. My last visit in 2002 was very disappointing as the whole museum felt very neglected. Reading about the center, it ran into a very large debt by miss management in the late 1990’s.
I was very surprised and delighted with the progress the center is making on this trip. They have built a new building called the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. They have refurbished the old Saturn V Rocket, that used to sit on a trailer outside, and built this beautiful new building around it with some great new exhibits such as the Apollo 16 Command Module and the Quarantine Trailer astronauts stayed in after they returned from the moon. The Saturn V Rocket is a National Historic Landmark, one of only three in the world.
They have also started running the bus tours to the Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal again. They we stopped immediately after September 11, 2001 for security reasons.