The post below is excerpted from my book "A Guide to the South's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions." You can buy it at Books-A-Million stores or online here. Morris the cat, who lived to the ripe ol’ age of 21, had an important position and an office at the historic Crescent Hotel. Morris was known as the… Continue reading Morris the cat still haunts the Crescent Hotel
Below is an excerpt from my book "Forgotten Tales of Tennessee." Click here to read more about it and order. It was an odd sight that greeted Captain Bryan Graves of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as he looked down on Madisonville from his small plane in June 2007. In the wheat fields below, he… Continue reading What exactly are crop circles signs of?
When Sweetums and I went to Branson, Mo., last summer, the first place he wanted to stop was the World's Largest Toy Museum. Is anyone surprised? The museum was open with pandemic rules: masks, a limited number of people inside, and six feet of separation from other visitors. Because of that, the museum only had… Continue reading Our visit to the World’s Largest Toy Museum
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
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