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This Tennessee town has two sculptures of Minnie Pearl, but the chicken-wire statue stole my heart

After writing for It’s a Southern Thing about an amazing statue of Minnie Pearl, the country comedian who was a Grand Ole Opry favorite, I decided to visit it in person. (Click here to read my original story on SouthernThing.com). The statue was originally placed in downtown Centerville, Tenn., the birthplace of Minnie Pearl, whose… Continue reading This Tennessee town has two sculptures of Minnie Pearl, but the chicken-wire statue stole my heart

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Is Barbie Beach the tackiest roadside attraction ever? See for yourselves

On a recent trip through Georgia, I was driving along Highway 16 when I spotted a sign that said “Barbie Beach Parking.” I did a double take and looked for a place to turn around, exclaiming “I didn’t realize Barbie Beach was on our route.” I told Rebekah, my friend and fellow traveler, that I’d… Continue reading Is Barbie Beach the tackiest roadside attraction ever? See for yourselves

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This historic cemetery has a grave for an arm, with a marker etched with an arm, of course

On a recent visit to Newnan, Ga., to tour some movie filming sites, my friend Rebekah and I stopped at historic Oakhill Cemetery for one purpose: to see an arm grave. Before heading out on our trip, I'd seen a story about the unique grave so we made a detour specifically to find it. The… Continue reading This historic cemetery has a grave for an arm, with a marker etched with an arm, of course

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A visit to the site of the nation’s deadliest train wreck

The story below is a guest blog by Sweetums. I sure appreciate his help! By Wil Elrick On a recent road trip to Nashville, Kelly suggested we stop and visit the site of what is today known as The Great Train Wreck of 1918. Today, the site is marked with a plaque but there is… Continue reading A visit to the site of the nation’s deadliest train wreck

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You have to see this 150-foot sea serpent to believe it

Sweetums and I had been missing the mini road trips we’d largely curtailed during the pandemic so we decided to drive to Nashville on I-65 and drive back along the Natchez Trace, ending in Florence, Ala. We’ve driven the remainder of the Trace, which is a beautiful drive. Of course, I didn’t want to miss… Continue reading You have to see this 150-foot sea serpent to believe it