Foamhenge

Foamhenge debuted on April Fools Day in 2004. Mark Cline is an artist who makes dinosaurs, monsters, giant octopus, leprechauns, and all sorts of creatures. Maybe best known for Escape From Dinosaur Kingdom, a park with dinosaurs fighting civil war soldiers, Foamhenge is his favorite. Natural Bridge is a tourist …

Adam’s Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum

Adam Morales saw animals in driftwood. He collected pieces on the water, basically at his front door. Rather than whittle, he used the pieces as God sent them and used a few screws and a bit of paint and glue to make his creations. Adam died in 2019. His bigger …

Presidents Park

In 2010, Presidents Park was an attraction outside of Williamsburg, Virginia. The shabby park had a museum with an oval office that was occupied by the Obamas. Venturing outside, you could walk amongst 43 20 foot high busts of the former presidents. Before the park could pay to finish the …

Jayne Mansfield Death Site (Moved)

Jayne Mansfield was a sex symbol of the 1950’s. A great singer and performer, she starred in several Hollywood films and was an early Playboy Playmate along with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Page. With her film career slowing down in the 1960’s, she was enjoying a successful nightclub career. On …

Robert E. Lee Hotel and Highway

Robert E. Lee was a confederate general in the Civil War. Since his death, he became a cultural icon to some. His name and likeness are throughout the South, from Lee Circle in New Orleans to Stone Mountain in Georgia to Washington & Lee University in Virginia. In Virginia, before …

Minister’s Treehouse

Horace Burgess inspired by his love of God and a rather large tree, set out to build the world’s largest treehouse in Crossville, TN, and he did. Spiraling about 100 feet up there were twisty windy hallways and passages everywhere. About 2/3 up lived a chapel with a high ceiling …

Fire at the Mouse’s Ear

Flames engulfed the small strip club in Gray, TN, in the early hours of January 10, 2013. Mouse’s Ear was the only strip club between Johnson City’s Fuzzy Holes and Knoxville and was always particularly busy during race week. Rumors swirled around town- neighbors (like they had 20 years before) …

Madam LaLaurie at the Wax Museum

The Musée Conti Wax Museum shuttered its doors in 2016 to make way for condos. Along with Arnaud’s Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum, it was a place I popped into often when I am in the quarter. The wax museum was no Madame Tussauds but that made it all the more …

White Rabbits : True Crime in the Pet Cemetery

Grace Matt Thompson made headlines in 1934 after murdering her first husband’s second wife. John “Jack” Thompson, the first husband, was  an influential mafia man in Kansas City. With his connections he was able to get Grace declared insane so she would not have to stand trial for murder. Soon …