I know what you may be thinking…that the video is probably of our nutty kids acting like grown monkeys. Close. But not it.
Yes, our two fun and sometimes monkey-like kids were with us at the Nashville Zoo, but we didn’t video them. We caught the real monkeys in action! We’ll get to that later.
First, I want you to see my favorite part…Grassmere Historic Home and Farm, which are on the zoo property. Actually, zoo property is on the Grassmere historic property.
The home was completed about 1810 in a Federal style. Now it has a more Italianate style after porches were added about 70 years later. When you get close to the brick, you can see that it was formerly painted white – maybe with milk paint – because it’s faded in all areas except what’s under a nearby roof or eve.
There isn’t a tour of the interior (boo-hoo), but the grounds are wonderful and speak to the working farm aspect. The impressive barn seems to be a newer structure. Beyond the barn you’ll find a couple of fenced pastures.
The carriage house is very rugged and aged…nothing like the “prettified” ones you see on fancy antebellum home tours.
Inside, the carriages are dusty, old, and wonderful!
Behind the house, a separate kitchen is connected by a long, covered walkway from the back porch.
Directly behind the back yard, the family garden plot looks recently worked and weeded.
Could there be vegetables currently growing there?
This sign caught my eye, and I laughed. Without the sign, I had no clue what this was…flowers growing inside a small fenced area. Why? Now we know.
Just beyond the huge garden, there’s the slave house. Slave homes are always so sad to me. I imaging a lot of misery inside those walls.
Behind the slave house, zoo personnel added a cemetery of unknown graves that they transported after finding these unmarked graves while adding the zoo parking lot.
Just behind the unknown graves, you’ll find the family cemetery.
You’ll find lots more information here about how Grassmere and the Zoo connection came about.
The zoo itself is completely enjoyable. HH and I were very impressed and a little surprised at how much we liked it. They are renovating the elephant area, so no elephants are there right now, but they’ll be adding rhinos after the renovation is complete.
The kangaroo petting is so fun. They are sweet, calm, and actually like having humans pet their soft coats while they eat any vegetation in site.
They act like goats!
Speaking of which, a separate petting area for goats and a few birds, gave me a close encounter with a spitter – except I didn’t realize the danger while taking this picture!
Lots of goats – plus hand-washing stations as you leave all petting areas.
Phone pics aren’t great, but you get the idea of this buy’s bill color.
And, this owl!
The Indigo Maccow are such a beautiful color!
Giraffes have plenty of room to roam and eat.
Walkways are smooth around the park and restrooms are plentiful. My kind of place!
Toward the end of our tour, I heard a very loud noise that I couldn’t identify. It sounded like very loud honking!
I followed my ears to a crowd gathering at the back end of the White-Cheeked Gibbon exhibit.
This white one is the female hanging at a good distance away, swinging quietly by herself.
The dark ones are the males – and the loud ones.
You’ll see what I mean in this video. Ha!
Isn’t that the funniest noise?