Anytime I travel, I like to seek out libraries (or, as is often the case, the library) in that particular area, and take photographs.
My husband and I have been enjoying a fabulous 10 day vacation in eastern Tennessee this past week, with five days and nights in the breathtaking Smoky Mountains sandwiched between four nights visiting a good friend in Nashville. We spent the first full day of our Tennessee trip taking a beautiful scenic drive up to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and back, with a planned tour of the Makers Mark distillery, and a couple spontaneous stops along rural Kentucky roads that took us to President Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace and boyhood home.
Sometime after hitting President Lincoln’s Kentucky boyhood home, on our drive back to Tennessee, we ended up in the quaint little town of New Haven, Kentucky, and drove right past their public library (the Newhaven Branch of the Nelson County Public Library). I am sorry to confess that I didn’t actually go into the library, since we were a bit pressed for time. But, my husband did pull over, turn around, and park, so that I could get a few photos from the outside.
I absolutely love public libraries! And I have so much respect for librarians who work to provide invaluable services to small towns like this.
One amusing note that I have to share — there’s a little tavern located directly across the two-lane main street from the library. Librarian happy hour, anyone?