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The story of those giant Indian heads and how you can see them

If you travel along the South’s back roads, chances are you’ve come across at least one 20- or 30-foot tall Indian head carved from a massive tree. These unusual and detailed works of art – which range from 15 to 40 feet high – were created by artist Peter Wolf Toth to honor our country’s… Continue reading The story of those giant Indian heads and how you can see them

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This fun stop on I-75 in Georgia yielded fresh produce, TOE jam and moonshine

I’ve been meaning to write about a fun little stop Sweetums and I made last summer in Forsyth, Ga., but I seem to have lost my photos. Thankfully, Sweetums had taken some and I also found some on a Facebook page for the business, so I hope the owners don’t mind me borrowing a handful.… Continue reading This fun stop on I-75 in Georgia yielded fresh produce, TOE jam and moonshine

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Rare monument shows man's love for his four-legged friends

Florence Y. Barr was only 33 years old when he died in 1884 in Florence, Ala. Barr was the only son of Isaac and Rebecca Barr. Although I know very little about his life, I know he adored his four-legged friends. I know this because his monument in Florence Cemetery is one of my favorite… Continue reading Rare monument shows man's love for his four-legged friends

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The story of Beautiful Jim Key, the horse that could read and do math

A 1904 advertisement invited the public to see Beautiful Jim Key at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. Price of admission was 15 cents, a fair amount considering visitors would get to see a horse who, according to the ad, “ Reads, Writes, Spells, Counts, Figures, Changes Money Using a National Cash Register, Even Gives… Continue reading The story of Beautiful Jim Key, the horse that could read and do math

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Lane Cake is a true Southern welcome

Have you ever had Lane Cake? Here is the story behind the notoriously difficult-to-make cake, in an excerpt from my book, "Forgotten Tales of Alabama." It was in 1960 that one of Alabama's most famous residents, Nelle Harper Lee, immortalized a lesser known woman from the state's past: Emma Rylander Lane. In Harper Lee's only… Continue reading Lane Cake is a true Southern welcome