Islands in the Stream

Q: What do you call Dolly Parton doing the backstroke? A: Islands in the Stream When I was a kid there were many jokes about Dolly Parton’s Double DDs. I hope she doesn’t mind the jokes back in the early 80s. Mostly, I think we were all in awe of …

Welcome to Hell, Here

Kenny Hill disappeared in 2000 after getting evicted from a plot of land for not mowing. He left behind a yard full of sculptures that he worked on over a decade. His parting tweaks were painting a sign that said, “Welcome to Hell, Here” and knocking off the head off …

Greenback Castle / Fortress of Faith

Unlike most shrines, this one was not built after a grand vision. Floyd “Junior” Banks started building his castle around 1993 to impress the ladies. In the maze-like structure, you’ll find collections of small stuffed animals dug into the dirt, a chapel room, a pet cemetery, 10,000 marbles, and a …

Holy Mary Shrine

Joffery J. Cochennic, Sr, saw the Blessed Mother while praying at Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Praying the the statues, he raised his head and Mary was standing where the statues had been. He describes her beauty as indescribable with deep blue eyes. After thanking God for the experience, he …

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 …

Lourdes Grotto at St. Augustine’s Seminary

Just past the little tourist strip on Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis, sits a quiet oasis with a beautiful grotto. St. Augustine Seminary came to Bay St. Louis in 1923 to flee from the Klu Klux Klan in another Mississippi city. It is notable as the first Roman Catholic …

Little Cajun Saint

Charlene Richard was born on January 13, 1947. She was just a normal little girl who loved horses and baseball. At 12, she began to see a vision of woman dressed in black and her teachers let her parents know that she wasn’t acting like herself. Her parents took her …

Our Lady of Tickfaw

In 1987, Alfredo Raimondo visited Medjugorje, a tiny town in Bosnia, where many see apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Upon his return to the states, him and his wife moved from Chalmette, LA, to the tiny town of Tickfaw. In 1989, the Blessed Mother visited Alfredo and asked him …

Shrine of Saint Amico

In the quiet town of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, a tiny chapel sits at the end of a short road of houses. The one room with a steeple was built around 1907. Surprisingly, the chapel sits unlocked. A simple wooden stop keeps the doors from swinging wide. The room smells damp and …