Monthly Archives: February 2015

Antique Week in Nashville ~ February 2015

Antique lovers flock to Nashville each February to shop from a wide assortment of antiques and collectibles. This was the first year without The Heart of Country Antiques Show at Opryland Hotel, but many of their dealers could be found at the Tailgate-Music Valley Show at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville.

The Fiddler’s Antiques Show at the Fiddler’s Inn on Music Valley Drive in Nashville kicked off the 5 days of antique shopping. You’ll find quality antique furniture to primitives, antlers to linens, chippy paint and quilts along with vintage and collectibles.


The Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show & Vintage Marketplace opened February 12 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. This show is all inside, encompassing several of the fairground buildings that are connected with enclosed walkways. Dealers from across the country bring their treasures including fine quality antique furniture and accents, country furniture, primitives, and vintage provide something for all shoppers to enjoy.


Located in the walkway between the shows was a yummy snack and great Valentine idea…(I got a mixed bag for hubby).


IMG_5898…and here is a sampling of the Vintage Marketplace portion of the show:


The Two Hearts Antiques and Crafts Show started February 13 and ran through Sunday the 15th at the gorgeous historic Two Rivers Mansion on McGavock Pike in Nashville. You get a tour of the mansion and the 1802 house while shopping for antiques, vintage and quality hand-crafted items.







I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour of Nashville Antique Week February 2015! If you didn’t get to visit this time, don’t worry… they’ll be back!

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William Thomas Head & Nancy Elizabeth Holmes Family, Robertson County, TN

William Thomas Head

and Nancy Elizabeth (Holmes) Head Family

Coopertown, Robertson County, Tennessee

Nancy Elizabeth Holmes, W.T. Head childhood tintypes

William Thomas Head, son of:

John Winters Head (1833 – 1873)

 John Winters Head home
John Winters Head home, Jean Dennison drawingSketch by Jean Dennison in the Head/Holmes Family book
and Rosa Ann Rhoda Harris (1832 – 1884)
Rosa Ann Rhoda Harris~~~~~
William Thomas Head

William Thomas Head Hearn portrait

William Thomas Head, W.S. Mahon portrait

Nancy Elizabeth Holmes

Nancy Elizabeth Holmes, Nancy Hutcheson pic

William Thomas Head & Nancy Elizabeth Holmes wedding portrait

William T. & Nancy E. Head, Fielden Bros W.T. Head & Nancy Elizabeth Holmes wedding pic

William Thomas & Nancy Elizabeth Head’s children:

Jesse James Head (1881 – 1974)

Jesse James Head, 2 yrs?

James Henry Holmes, Jesse James Head

Jesse James Head boyhood portrait

Jesse James Head attended Highland Institute in Pleasant View

Jesse James Head attended Highland Institute in Pleasant View

Jesse James Head attended Highland Institute in Pleasant View

"Pleasant View" school, Highland Institute

Jesse J. Head Highland Institute report 1 Jesse J. Head, Highland Inst. report 2

Jesse , Jane, Elizabeth (Head) Dennison, Elizabeth (Holmes) Trabue

Jesse, Jane, Elizabeth (Head) Dennison, Elizabeth (Holmes) Trabue

Jesse James Head portrait, young

Jesse Head, group in parlor

Jesse Head and group on hill

 Jesse Head's bible cover


Eunice Head (1885 – 1886),
Head Family Cemetery, Coopertown, Tennessee
Eunice Head headstone, 1885-86, Head Cemetery~~~~~
John Herman Head (1887 – 1956)
John Herman Head young & old, Head book
John Herman Head older, Head book
 William Tillman Head (1890 – 1982)
 William Tillman Head, young & old, Head book
 Jane Head (1893 – 1995)

Jane Head baby pic

Jane Head 1894 baby pic

Jane & Elizabeth Head 1897

Jane Head 1901 bows in hair

Jane Head early 20sJane Head attended Vanderbilt University and later taught 1st grade for 45 years in Springfield, Tennessee. She never married.

Jane Head Vanderbilt graduation pic“Pikes Peak or Bust” – Jane Head and group

Aunt Jane, Pike's Peak car groupRosa Elizabeth Head (1897 – 1977)

Rosa Elizabeth Head, little girl pic

Rosa Elizabeth Head, girl, rocking horse

Rosa Elizabeth Head, 1901 with hat

Rosa Elizabeth Head, locket pic

Rosa Elizabeth Head pic head turned

Rosa Elizabeth Head, Marshall Dennison, young

Rosa Elizabeth Head wedding pic

Rosa Elizabeth Head's husband, Marshall Dennison young

Rosa Elizabeth Head older portrait


The Head farm in Coopertown, Tennessee

Jj head farm sign, heads

Head house 2 shots

Head house smoke house or crib

Head house, side view

William Thomas Head later built a nice brick house at 207 Walnut Street in Springfield.

Head house, Walnut st front shot

Head House, Walnut St, Springfield, TN

W.T. Head House, Walnut Street, Springfield

And more snapshots of the family and friends

Jesse and Lula Mai Head, 50s?

William T. & Nancy Eliazabeth Head, old

W. T. Head

"Mama Head" portrait, older

W.T. & Nancy Head, children, barns

Head, Clinard, 2 Holmes couples, Nancy Hutcheson pics

Jesse James & Lula Mai Head @ Head house

Miller:Head topo map, coopertown

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A Family Tree Connection ~ ENNIS/BINKLEY/CLINARD

ENNIS, BINKLEY, CLINARD DESCENDANTS: This past fall I saw a cute little yard sale sign on the corner of Hwy 431 at Mt. Sharon Road and it drew me down Mt. Sharon Rd. A ways down was another hand drawn sign that pointed down the driveway.

The yard sale was set up on the carport and I immediately spotted an OLD handmade ladderback chair with an old bottom that was probably originally a rocker, but those were gone. So set that aside for $5 – sold!

IMG_5054Next up a box of English dishes with a pretty black floral pattern – mine! Some lovely little country paintings for very little – put in my pile. Then a box of old silver stuff. Loved the Sheffield salt shakers and some neat old pewter and silverplate silverware. Cheap, so into the pile.

IMG_7338I was turning over a silver-plate dish and noticed a name scratched on the back – ENNIS. Hmmm….

IMG_5036In all my Clinard research, Ennis had been one of my stumped branches. My 4th great-grandfather, Joseph Clinard’s daughter, Elizabeth “Betsy” Clinard (born 1830 in Robertson County) had married a Captain John Ennis (Born 1809, died after 1880 based on census).

In the 1880 census, Joseph Clinard was living with his daughter and son-in-law, John, listed as a farmer, Betsy and two sons.

John Ennis 71
Elizabeth Ennis 50
William Ennis 17
David Ennis 15
Joseph Clinard 83

That had always made me think that any family keepsakes such as photos, Bibles, etc. had probably been left with Betsy, his daughter.

Pursuing that information years ago, I started calling the few Ennis families in the Robertson County phone book and happened up Mr. Ennis on Mt. Sharon Rd. We talked for quite a while, and luckily I took lots of notes. Mr. Ennis wasn’t in good health at that time and he told me his wife had done lots of research on his Ennis family, but had passed away. But she had ordered an Ennis family genealogy book and it had arrived and was there somewhere. He didn’t know much about his family history as there had been some kind of family disturbance. His daughter lived close by and took care of him. We rang off and I kept meaning to follow back up with him but never did.

…back to the yard sale…2014

IMG_5036So I turned over a round silver dish and see the name Ennis scratched in it. I looked at the friendly couple holding they yard sale that I had been chatting with as I browsed, and held up the dish. Are you the Ennis family?

“Yes, this was my father’s things and we have been cleaning out the house to get it ready to rent.”

A lightbulb instantly went off in my head – I had found Mr. Ennis that I had talked to so many years ago on the phone, but was saddened that I had never followed up to meet him.

So my next comment was – My Betsy Clinard married Captain John Ennis! Do you know anything about them?

Both of their faces lit up… We do! And we have his PICTURE!!!

Now, any of you that are into genealogy know that the photo is the holy grail, right along with the hand-written family tree going back many generations. Thankfully the yard sale was slow that day, so we got to talking and exchanging information, and the husband and daughter ran to house to find Captain John Ennis. They had moved all the family memorabilia to their house to sort through later but his portrait was large so had stood out.

After a bit they came back with Capt. John Ennis.. and here he is and Betsy and their children too!



 IMG_5034We were all so excited to meet and exchange family information. Pam Ennis Anderson was the daughter that he had mentioned taking care of him in our phone conversation.

I went home and immediately pulled up my information on the Ennis/Clinard line and started digging through my files for my notes from my interview with Mr. Ennis. As with most of us, we don’t really pay attention to those stories our elders are telling us until they are gone, and years later we wonder about their lives. Well, I had asked him a few key questions that cleared up some mysteries for Pam about her family.

Pam came to visit me a while later and brought that Ennis book her mother had ordered, along with a few other photos that were in their family files.

IMG_5762William Brown Ennis (born August 03, 1863) was married to Lucy K. Polk Binkley, daughter of Montgomery Binkley of Pleasant View and Frances Felts. William Brown Ennis died Aug 3, 1940 in Cheatham County at 77.


IMG_5761I need to finish putting all their family details into my tree, but wanted to share this fun “reunion”.



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Antiquing ~ Columbia & Spring Hill, Tennessee

Each month for the last 18 years, I have picked up the Busy Bee Trader, Destination Guide to Antiques, Uniques & Southern Lifestyles, and begun my delivery routes around Middle Tennessee in our trusty Suburban. Many folks often comment, “I wish I could ride along!”, however, some of my delivery days I have too many stops to allow time to browse all our great advertisers. I decided I would start featuring parts of my routes, snapping photos along the way, so you could follow along for fun outings yourself.

1658181_10152676697942993_5035789777137372955_oI pick up the Busy Bees at our printer, Interco Print, in Columbia, Tenn., and work my way from Columbia to Spring Hill to Franklin to Nashville to home in Greenbrier north of Nashville. It’s a LONG day, so I’m going to feature just Columbia and Spring Hill on this blog so you can enjoy your time without rushing.

This is the Maury County Courthouse on the Square.

IMG_6015Located on the side of the square with the fountain, Accents and Antiques is the largest antique store in Columbia with many dealers and has been in business for years. You’ll find two floors with a variety of antique furniture and accents, collectibles, books, vintage and more.

IMG_6017To the left side of the mall is Square Market Cafe, featuring delicious gourmet type lunches. Across the Square in the opposite corner is Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant featuring Southern classics. There are many other dining choices as well, depending on your mood.

Just below the Square is Mum’s The Word Florist shop and antiques. Upstairs is the florist and gift shop and their basement floor features a variety of antique dealers.

IMG_6014After leaving the Square, I take Hwy 412/31/N. Garden Street below the Square towards Spring Hill. Just a few blocks away is Sugar Creek Primitives & Gifts located on the right in a little shopping center. They feature new primitive and country home decor and accents.


IMG_6025Continuing on towards Spring Hill, I turn left on Old Hwy 31 North, then left onto Carters Creek Station Road. At the bottom of the hill you’ll come to two historic 1910 buildings filled with goodies, especially if you like primitives and country antiques. Carters Creek Station Antiques, is in the old general store and owner Linda Jones is always finding unique items that she prices reasonably so things move fast.

IMG_6030Across the street next to the railroad tracks is The Granary and 2 Storeys Antiques. There are always cool painted pieces, neat hand-crafted creations and fun finds in 2 Storeys. The Granary is loaded with a variety of country antiques, vintage, and primitives.


IMG_6029When done there, backtrack back up to Hwy 31/Nashville Hwy and go left. If you are in the mood to pick up some seafood or Cajun food, be sure and take a cooler so you can load up at Bubby Gandy Seafood Market.

 If you want to step back in time to the Antebellum era, plan to tour the beautiful Rippavilla Plantation. They are on the right before you reach Saturn Pkwy on Hwy 31. They have several great events throughout the year including the Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace, Wines & Vintage – Wine, Antiques & Artisan Market, Civil War re-enactments,  weddings and more. (Photos below from Rippavilla’s Facebook page and Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace Facebook page.) Visit their website:

10599467_10153350302113012_6621863498864740588_n2014 Swanky Plank Vintage Marketplace

10354687_781610888526827_8213884642588524100_nContinuing down Hwy 31 into historic Spring Hill, our next stop is the Spring Hill Antique Mall. Turn right onto Hardin Alley and the mall will be just ahead on the left. This was the old school gymnasium and it is large and bright with loads of fun shopping. Their dealers offer a variety of antiques, collectibles, hand-crafted and artisan items, books, musical instruments and more.







IMG_6037Next up is a quick five-minute venture out into the countryside to visit Sugar Ridge Creations. Backtrack out of Harden Alley to Hwy 31 and turn right toward Franklin. At the light just ahead, turn left onto 247/Beechcroft Rd. At the 4-way stop, turn right onto Depot Street and after crossing the RR tracks (stop and look – this is an active line), the road turns into Sugar Ridge Rd. Follow along for  a little ways, going slowly as there are some 90 degree turns, and once you are past the big farm with the boarded fence on your left, you’ll see a row of pine trees ahead on left. Sugar Ridge Creations is in on the left just past this house.

They are open limited hours and sometimes by appointment so you might call ahead. This cute shop offers vintage, re-loved antiques, junk, handmades and home decor.


IMG_6031Backtrack back out to Hwy 31 and turn left, continuing toward Franklin. You’ll be turning left into The Commons at Spring Hill.

You’ll find a cigar and tobacco specialty store, two antique shops, a quality consignment clothing shop and Early’s Honey Stand, a mainstay that has been here since 1925 selling “Authentic Southern Foods”.

Vintage 615 offers boutique clothing, monogramming, chalk paint, home decor, furniture, gifts, candles, antiques, collectibles, workshops and more. Find them on Facebook to see their offerings.





IMG_6054Just a few doors down is Addison’s Attic, painted with bright UT orange accents. They are a great little consignment boutique for quality ladies wear including many designer labels, jewelry, accessories, handbags, home decor and more.


Going around to the left and on the far side is Red Bird Antiques, featuring a collection of crafty and cool dealers. They have antiques, vintage, industrial, decor, jewelry, chalk and milk paint, gifts and more.




Follow along on my Busy Bee Trader, Destination Guide to Antiques & Southern…​ delivery routes! Here’s the first installment.. Columbia and Spring Hill, Tenn. FEEL FREE TO TAG YOURSELF AND SHARE ON!




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