Chimney Rock Santa

Chimney Rock State Park’s is a beautiful park with a 315 foot granite monolith. Nicely, there is an elevator built to the top for easy access. There are winding paths and waterfalls and amazing overlooks. In December every year, Santa comes to take the elevator to the top and repel …

World’s Tiniest Church*

*There are a few “smallest churches in the world” and several are smaller than this church, but this is our small church. Along River Road near White Castle, LA, a sign advertises “Madonna Chapel Smallest Church in the World”. The eight foot square structure was built in 1903 by Anthony …

Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Cemetery

The only cemetery strictly for coon dogs is in Colbert County Alabama. In 1937, Troop, Key’s best friend and coon dog, died. Key buried him at a popular hunting camp and a tradition was born. Now the cemetery is home to more than 180 graves from dogs from around the …

Notable New Orleans Tombs

The Angel of Grief is one of the most striking sculptures in Metairie Cemetery. The mausoleum was designed by Favrot & Livaudais using granite from Stone Mountain. The sculpture is a copy of “The Angel of Grief Weeping Over the Dismantled Altar of Life”. The original is in Rome and …

E. T. Wickham Sculptures

E.T. Wickham (1883-1970) lived in Palmyra, Tennessee. In the 50’s he began making religious sculptures to put around his farm. His sculptures were made out of concrete and a collection of materials from around his home. He then began to put his sculptures closer to the road to show his …

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 …

Rayne Frog Festival

The Rayne Frog festival is part of the yearly calendar of festivals celebrating Louisiana industry. Rayne became the Frog Capitol of the World in the late 1800’s and is home to the Louisiana Jumbo Bullfrog. Over the years, they have sold frog legs to fancy restaurants all over the world, …

Freedmen’s Cemetery

Note: I added and wrote the wikipedia page, so it is very similar but not plagiarized. Freedmen’s Cemetery was a cemetery in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana open for burials from 1867 to 1876. Today, there is a plaque to note where the cemetery once stood. The adjacent Chalmette National Cemetery, …

Prince Second Line

If Dolly Parton is the patron saint of empathy, Prince is the patron saint of weirdos. When Prince died in 2016, my first thought was wanting to call my Dad even though he has been dead for two decades. Prince was one of our mutual musical loves. Outside of Prince …

Joan of Arc Parade

Mardi Gras is not a single day. It is a season and it kicks off on Twelfth Night which is also on or around Joan of Arc’s birthday. A newer parade to the Mardi Gras line-up is the Joan of Arc  parade started in 2008. It now kicks off the …