Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Roll That Beany Footage!

Last year while exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, by happenstance, Ole Boy and I found the Bush Bean Visitor Center and Museum.   This year, we found it on purpose-stance.   Last year, we were really enjoying the scenery, because Chestnut Hill, Tennessee is quite picturesque.  This year, we came in via a different route on the factory side, and I just have to kinda smelled the after effects of someone eating beans.   Reminiscent of a paper mill, if you've ever had that displeasure.

The route we took last year met us with plush pastures full of bovines...cows, that is, owned by Bush Brothers.   I'd tell you how they use cows in the manufacturing process, and I can't exactly remember.  And the cows didn't smell up the place like the factory did...oddly enough.

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The museum is beany informative, and the Bush Brothers history is beany interesting.   If you're ever in the Great Smoky Mountains, it's definitely worth the drive out to visit.   Inside the museum, which is interactive, by the way, you'll find a huge can of can walk inside of it and press buttons and learn all about, well, beans.
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Old labels and pressure cookers...

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Ole Boy said once upon a time he worked on 
cash registers that looked like this.
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Little Duke Puppies are easily found throughout the store.

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What bean company would be complete without a bean stalk?

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Inside the General Merchandise Store...
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Outside the visitor center, decorated for Fall...
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Old Trucks and Ole Boy...
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They even take your picture...for free!
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Here's Duke getting ready to tell us the secret recipe.

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I am still working on vacation photos Part 2~
here's a little hint of what's to come!


  1. surely you brought one of those plush duke pups home!!! :) enjoyed this post....might even look 'em up someday.

  2. Ha! I didn't even think of buying one...and of course, if I bought one, I'd have to buy 4...or 6. One wouldn't do around my house. We bought them bright orange gourds to paint faces on instead...and taffy.

  3. I never knew there was a Bushs Bean Place!! I will to check this out. I will be coming from Bama to check out those beans!! I love Bush's Beans!! Great place., Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see Part 2 of vacation places!!

  4. That looked like a cool place to visit, Meg. I would definitely have to go and check that out if I was in the area. Do they give away free samples of anything?


  5. Holy cow, lady, I just noticed that since you've lost weight you have also lost years. You look so much younger than photos from before! How fun for you. :-D

    1. Ha, Loretta! I think it's just a grainy pic...but thanks so much!!


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