Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bush's Baked Beans

When we left the little cabin in the woods a few weeks ago it was 6:00 in the morning. My brother and sis-in-law had a long ride back to MI and wanted an early start. I was a little bummed because we were thinking about spending the day in Gatlinburgh. The key to the cabin had to be turned in and I didn't want to hang around 4 hrs. till stores opened so we headed home, as well.

On our way home we passed the Bush Baked Bean manufacturing plant. ( We noticed it on the way to the cabin but didn't take the time to stop for a tour.)

It was now 6:30 a.m. as we passed it and hubby pulled in the lot so I could get a picture of the front and the Cafe sign. We had just ate some of their beans the night before when we cooked out at the cabin. lol

It was just getting light outside when we pulled in. Hubby saw a man down at the end of this veranda and headed down to talk to him.

All of you have probably seen the commercials with Jay and Duke ( the dog) concerning the "family recipe". They have the cutest commercials.

Jay is the great-grandson of the founders of the company and the company spokesperson.

The gentleman at the end of the veranda happened to be married to Jay's first cousin. He felt really bad that it was too early for us to tour the facility.

BUT---he had something else in mind for us. He asked us if we noticed the old homestead across the street. Actually I hadn't.

Well, he wanted to take us through the house. It is NEVER on a tour. They remodeled it to house the board members we they come into town for their meetings rather than put them in hotels.

Here's the nice man who led us on our private tour. Cans of beans were stacked everywhere. lol

The house was built around 1900. It is much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside.

This tour happened so quickly, I grabbed my camera out of the car and didn't take the time to !check all the settings. I should have had the flash on for some of these pics. Sorry.
When you walk in the front door the foyer is being used for their meetings. The decorator put a round table with leather chairs, beautiful chandy, and silk checked drapes.

So much prettier in person.

The living room is off the foyer to the right. Every room has a fireplace, including the 5 bedrooms.

Beautiful furniture, carpets, drapes and another gorgeous chandy.

This room and the dining room have wallpapered ceilings.

This is the only downstairs bedroom, off the foyer. Each bedroom has it's own bathroom, as well as fireplace.

Another cabinet displaying beans.

This room was being used as an office.

Bathroom off the office.

This is a picture of the Bush family with 4 of their children. There would be two more born after this photo was taken.

The dining room. Love that ceiling!

Another angle.

The other side of the room. Now remember it's 6:30 a.m. I was planning on traveling not having a photo-op. lol

The fireplace in ther kitchen.

A bedroom upstairs. Look ate the birds carved on the headboard.

The fireplace in this bedroom.

Another adorable guest room. They used twin beds for the board members.

Fireplace in this room.

Bathroom. Notice the co-ordinating wallpaper,bedskirts and drapes.

Another guest bathroom.

I took this picture of the ceiling at the top of the stairs.

This is the founder of the company.

Beautiful furniture throughout the home.

The stairway.

On a hillside outside the home, black angus cattle are grazing. They belong to Jay and are quite sought after by many restaurant chains.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. I wish you could have taken it with me in person.
I hope you are off to a great start to your week.
Our temperatures finally dropped and we got much needed rain.
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Till next time!


Sue said...

I think you got the better deal with the tour of this home vs. the factory! It's a lovely home filled with great memorabilia and it's decorated so well! Glad you enjoyed yourselves. I love the company commercials with Duke, the dog, too! And the beans aren't bad, either. LOL
~ Sue

Happy@Home said...

I also think your tour was probably better than the bean factory would have been. Bush's are the only beans I buy. Love them. The house is so pretty and decorated so nicely. I absolutely love the headboard with the birds on it. The stack of beans here and there was cute too. Thanks for sharing.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, what a fabulous house. Every room is decorated so beautifully. How wonderful that he took you guys through it. That was wonderful. Thanks so much for all the fabulous pics.

Thanks also for your gracious comments on my TTT post. You asked where I got the stands for the orbs. They are actually those little stands that you get to hold marble or decorative eggs. They are usually available at most all gift shops for about $1. I love them. They display a lot of things. Hope you have a super day. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

What a great home to the bird bed...that was a real treat for you guys!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is one amazing home! I love it and all the details! The back view with the hills is just stunning!
Thanks for the tour,

Barb~Bella Vista said...

I did love the tour....thanks. How interesting and what a lovely home. That checked ceiling is fabulous!!


Jennifer said...

Well, how cool was that?! Talk about being at the right place at the right time. Proofs it - always pays to get up early and get going!! Thanks for sharing the tour with us!