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Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo; a tiny home for the “King of Rock n Roll”

January 8, 2013 @ 5:05 pm
I can only imagine how bitter-sweet that winter day was in 1935. As I stand in the tiny front room of the two-room house where Elvis Presley was born the reality of how poor his family was is palpable. Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. His identical twin, Jessie Garon, arrived first but was still-born. As the tour guide puts it, “the doctor was ready to leave but the mid-wife convinced him to stay because she thought there was another baby coming.” Today there is wall paper but according to the guide the Presley [...]

The North Carolina Museum of Art – an unexpected treasure in the Heart of Carolina

October 5, 2012 @ 9:00 am
Paris, France, Florence, Italy – these are cities one typically thinks of when talking about art capitals of the world. Imagine my surprise when I discovered much of the world's art can be seen in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Art is one of the great cultural secrets of this southern capital city.   The museum started in 1947 with the initial acquisition of 139 pieces of American and European art. Since that time the collection has grown and now includes Jewish ceremonial objects, ancient American works, Egyptian funerary art, paintings from the Italian Renaissance and baroque [...]

Battleship North Carolina by day – Ghost Ship by night

September 14, 2012 @ 9:00 am
The USS North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during WWII, earning 15 battle stars. The USS North Carolina was designed to carry 1,800 men, but by the end f the war was home to over 2,300 The crew slept in metal bunks stacked five tiers high The Battleship could carry 120 days of food supplies These are only a few of the facts you'll learn when you're welcomed aboard the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, NC. In 1960 Battleship North Carolina was scheduled to be scrapped by the US Navy when citizens of North Carolina [...]

Surratt House and Museum; home of the first woman executed by the US government

September 7, 2012 @ 9:00 am
Have you ever visited a place and for some reason it stayed with you? I'm not talking about fond memories. I'm talking about a feeling you had while visiting. A feeling that enveloped you and for whatever reason when you think about it you remember those emotions. Mary Surratt's home in Clinton, Maryland is such a place for me. Mary Surratt was convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to kill President Abraham Lincoln. As a kid my father took us to see her home. I remember the eery sensation I had walking through the house. It was especially haunting [...]

Visit Babyland General Hospital and see the Magical Cabbage Patch

August 24, 2012 @ 9:00 am
Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia is a place I visited out of love. It was the one thing my mother wanted to do when she visited me when I was living in Atlanta. Being a good daughter, I drove her to Cleveland to see the Magical Cabbage Patch. If you aren't familiar with Babyland General Hospital - it's the birthplace of the Cabbage Patch Doll. It's here creator Xavier Roberts built his hospital dedicated to finding permanent homes for all the babies and kids from the Cabbage Patch. It's also the only place in the world you can witness [...]