With Valentine’s Day close, the mind – or perhaps the heart – frequently turns to love, to romance.

In the Robertson County Marriage Book #1 1839-1861, the names are difficult to read. It seems that Polly Parsons became a bride on Oct. 29, 1839.

Burberry Green had married earlier on Oct. 16, 1839. Daniel Williams had become her husband.

This information can be seen in a new exhibit at the Robertson County History Museum in Springfield.

As one enters the Museum, there is a large cutout of the county. The numbers 225 stand above it.

225? That is no code or street number. 2021 marks the 225th anniversary of both Tennessee and Robertson County.

Across the lobby is a bright display of flags. Information sheets aid in the identification of each flag.

Here one can see the flag of North Carolina during the time when Tennessee was a part of that state. The 16-Stars and Stripes flag is beside it.

The flag of the Confederacy is located between the Robertson County flag and the 3-Star flag of Tennessee. The sixth flag is the 50-Star flag of the United States, official from 1960 to the present.

The display shelves in the lobby are not only informative but also entertaining. On these shelves can be seen Tennessee’s official plants, animals, and so on. The shelves have information cards, pictures, examples, and samples.

Here can be seen the Tennessee State Rock (limestone), as well as the State Mineral (agate).

There are two State Flowers – the iris, a garden flower, and the purple coneflower, a wildflower.

Most people know that the Tennessee State Bird is the mockingbird, but there is also the quail, the State Game Bird.

Do you know the State butterfly? The fruit? The horse?

The zebra swallowtail is the State Butterfly. The tomato is the State Fruit. And surely you guessed it: the State Horse is the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Curiously, the State Beverage is milk.

One of the most interesting of the official Tennessee treasures is the State Tartan, dedicated to the heritage of the early settlers.

Each color represents an important part of Tennessee: white – the unity of the three divisions, dark green – agriculture, purple – the iris, dark blue – the mountains, red – the sacrifices of pioneers as well as Tennessee’s soldiers.

Without even entering the rest of the Museum, a good while can be spent – and learned - in the lobby alone.

The pandemic has caused the Museum to be closed periodically already this year. The 225 Celebration Exhibit will be open through the spring and summer, however. There is much to be seen.

In the Eagle’s Eye is sponsored by the Robertson County Historical Society. Call 615-382-7173 for more information.

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