Sweetums and I love coming across odd roadside attractions, of course, but sometimes they leave us scratching our heads. For example, back in March when we drove to the Victorian village of Rugby, Tenn. (click here to see our photos of Rugby), we passed a giant metal chicken on the side of the highway. It… Continue reading Why is there a giant roadside chicken in Clarkrange, Tenn.?
On one of our trips to North Carolina a few years ago, I told Sweetums I had to stop to get a photo of the iconic Tinkerbell sign at Pink Motel. The motel is unremarkable, a 50s-era strip motel, but it is known for its large neon sign that features a Disney-esque Tinkerbell. The motel… Continue reading Iconic Tinkerbell sign at Pink Motel has drawn travelers for more than 65 years
The following is excerpted from my book "A Guide to the South's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions," which is sold exclusively in stores and online from Books-A-Millions. Purchase it here for $16.95. The book features sites in 11 Southern states. I visited the Coral Castle in 2005 with my Baby Girl, who was 12 at the time,… Continue reading The Coral Castle: Featured stop from my ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’
Allardt, Tenn., a tiny spot on the map I’d never heard of before this year, has an amazing claim to fame: It is the home of the official pumpkin (and other giant veggies) weigh off. We were passing through on a short road-trip when we noticed a really cool water tower in Allardt and, of… Continue reading This tiny town is home to the Great Pumpkin weigh-off
As we continue to live in the strange conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to tell the story of the heroes of Alabama’s yellow fever epidemic of 1888. The current situation gives us some idea of what medical personnel faced more than 130 years ago, although yellow fever spread differently and the virus was… Continue reading This Alabama cemetery has a memorial to 5 doctors who died in epidemic