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A visit to beautiful Hogeye, Kentucky

I love old barns but in particular those painted with advertisements or messages. Maybe it’s because See Rock City barns are so picturesque. Whatever the reason, Sweetums and I always stop to take a photo when we see one. We’ve taken photos of See Rick City barns, Visit Sequoyah Caverns in Alabama (now closed) and… Continue reading A visit to beautiful Hogeye, Kentucky

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When Sweetums encountered the shark at Souvenir City

When Sweetums and I got married on Oct. 16, 2016, our cake (from the very talented Michelle Wilbourn at Takes the Cake) was shaped like the state of Alabama and covered with little replicas of tourist attractions. One such attraction was the entrance to Souvenir City in Gulf Shores, where tourists enter through a shark’s… Continue reading When Sweetums encountered the shark at Souvenir City

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The Pippen Angels are among the most tragic and beautiful cemetery monuments in Alabama

In Courtland Cemetery, established ca.-1820, four eerily beautiful cherubs mark the graves of children taken much too soon. The angel statues, set atop pedestals all in a row, represent children of differing genders and ages who are buried beneath them. I’ve looked for information on who carved the angels (I refer to them as the… Continue reading The Pippen Angels are among the most tragic and beautiful cemetery monuments in Alabama

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Guest blog by Sweetums: Don’t miss the beauty of Tishomingo State Park

Today's blog post was written by Sweetums, aka Wil Elrick, author of "Alabama Lore," "Alabama Scoundrels," and "Covered Bridges of Alabama." If you are looking for a short weekend getaway there is a spot located in the lower southwest foothills of the Appalachian Mountains which is one of Mississippi’s best kept secrets - Tishomingo State… Continue reading Guest blog by Sweetums: Don’t miss the beauty of Tishomingo State Park

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Who abandons beautiful mansions like this one in Alabama?

I'm always a little sad when I see gorgeous homes that have been abandoned... and I've seen plenty. I know most of the time they were left behind because the maintenance was too expensive and, eventually, after years of neglect, the cost of making them livable is just too high. I wish there was a… Continue reading Who abandons beautiful mansions like this one in Alabama?