I was lucky enough to visit Key West once, for one night and one day. A friend with a daughter Baby Girl’s age lived in Miami and we drove there to see them, then we all headed to Key West. I’ve written before about touring Hemingway’s house and seeing his polydactyl cats. Click here to… Continue reading This Key West Cemetery has some of the world’s strangest epitaphs
A small stone set into the earth in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis is one of the more mysterious gravesites in the state. It says simply: Daughter Dorothy Ann Whitaker Born Who Knows Died Who Cares The reason these words were carved on her tombstone is unclear, but the wording was apparently the wish of Dorothy… Continue reading ‘Died: Who Cares?’ Is this the south’s most mysterious headstone?
Most of us raised in Alabama and Tennessee visited Opryland USA, a theme park that operated in Nashville from 1972 to 1993, when it closed with the exception of holiday shows that continued through 1997. (When I lived in Georgia as a small child, we went to Six Flags over Georgia in Atlanta instead). Opryland… Continue reading About those rumors that Opryland is going to re-open …
The following story is excerpted from my book "Forgotten Tales of Tennessee." Tennessee drew much attention from the famous Scopes Monkey Trial held in the town of Dayton in 1925. The trial was a initially set up by a group of men, including an attorney named Hicks, to test a law prohibiting teaching evolution in… Continue reading The true story of a boy named Sue
In about 2004, Baby Girl and I went to look for some strange roadside folk art in Palmyra, Tennessee, about an hour’s drive northwest of Nashville. I’d read about the eccentric artist, Enoch Tanner Wickham, who built concrete figures and placed them in a park on his property. At the time, 34 years after Wickam’s… Continue reading E.T. Wickham’s wacky roadside folk art in Palmyra, TN