I visited Eastern Tennessee last month, and in between quilt barn conversations, I found out so much about the rich history of the area. So many farms that have been in the same family for over 100 years! Roy Settle, who directs the quilt trail program there through the RC & D there (That's Resource Conservation and Development, for the unitiated), was so gracious in helping me to find great quilt stories. Most of the quilt barns in the area are reproductions of actual family heirlooms!
I also found out the value of GPS. I had Google mapped my route but then one visit lasted longer than expected, and all of a sudden, I needed to go from stop B to stop E! ( I did call and cancel C and D) OOPS. So I flagged down a couple of local folks who had the gadget attached to the dash; they plugged in the address, and I was off.