Cat Fanciers of the South

Throughout the world, people worship felines. Some breed and show their cats. In the South, there are many cat associations like the Dixieland Silver & Golden Fanciers and the Southern Traditions Cat Club. Having grown up with cats plucked from my grandparent’s barn, I quite enjoyed learning about the variety …

Maurice’s Piggy Park

Maurice Bessinger opened Maurice’s Piggy Park in 1953. Maurice’s is still open and being run by his children serving South Carolina’s mustard sauce barbecue sandwiches. Maurice was a white supremacist and used the original location to have a museum celebrating the confederacy. Throughout the run of the business under his …

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 …

Fort Proctor

Fort Proctor can be seen in the distance from Shell Beach. It is accessible only by boat and still guarded by a wall of shells. When it was built and even in fairly recent time, the castle-like structure was on land. With climate change, Lake Borne has slowly pushed the …

Twin City Drive-In

In July 2013, drive-in’s celebrated their 80th birthday. At the Twin City Drive-In in Bristol, TN, a half full lot watched Fast & Furious 6 while hugged by the rolling hills all around them. Typically, a family will pack in a single car, since admission is per car, pull into …

Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

In 1979, Chuck and Lou Ann Best jokingly said they were going to teach a squirrel to waterski. The joke became reality and Twiggy became a star going on Good Morning America and Real People. In 1997, Chuck died in an accident on the water. Lou Ann retired for awhile, …

The Great Stone Face

In Pennington Gap, VA, there is a rock face that has intrigued people for decades. Some believe it to be a natural formation, while others believe that Native Americas carved it to show the beginning of Cherokee holy land. Notably, this rock face has been renamed The Great Stone Face …

Run for the Roses : Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a horse race and the first leg of the Triple Crown. Annually in May, about 160,000 people gather to drink, party, and depending on where you are, see the two minute race. The rich get seats on one side of the track, and everyone can pack …

Bell County Kentucky 4 Wheelin’

Coal mining was king of Kentucky for a good while. The first coal mines opened in 1820 and dominated through the 1970’s. In the 1960’s they started more mountaintop removal to extract the coal at faster rates. Today, much of the area is unusable and eroded and only one percent …

Barbara Mandrell’s Fontanel Mansion

Barbara Mandrell is a country singer who had popular country-pop songs in the 70’s and 80s. With her sisters, she had a popular variety show on NBC that had comedy skits, puppets, and performances by Dolly Parton, Alabama, and the Statler Brothers. In 1988, she built a 20 room log-cabin …