Tennessee

    Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, Tennessee: The Only One of Its Kind

    8/16/12 •

    When I saw the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I had to check it out. I found it's the only museum in the world devoted to these humble kitchen objects. Shopkeeper Andrea Ludden, whose mother sparked the collection 20 years ago when seeking a pepper mill, says the museum's collection...

    Pickett State Park, Tennessee: Amazing Caves and Rock Formations

    8/21/13 •

    Some of the most amazing caves and rock formations around can be found at Pickett State Park, a 17,372-acre wilderness area in northeast Tennessee. This oasis never seems to be crowded and offers nine great hiking trails. Many of them take you past Indian rockhouses -- huge rock overhangs that once provided shelter...

    Civil War History at the Carter House Museum of Nashville, Tennessee

    11/29/12 •

    ...miles south of Nashville, Tennessee: the Carter House Museum, which stands where the little-known Battle of Franklin was fought on November 20, 1864. The furious battle raged for only 5 hours on one of the war's smallest battlefields--just 2 miles long and 1-1/2 miles wide. Our adventure started at the Carter House, listed on the...

    Falls Mill, Tennessee: A Still-Working Historic Mill

    12/08/13 •

    When my husband and I travel, we try to include enough time in our schedule for those unexpected road signs we just can't resist following. That strategy worked like a charm recently as we drove along U.S. Highway 64 in south-central Tennessee. When we saw a sign that read "Falls Mill" pointing down a...

    Hobbies That Turned Into Storage Unit Treasures - For Someone Else That Is

    10/24/13 •

    ...already netted him a profit of $1,676. He expects to make between $7,000 and $10,000 on the contents, which include Fisher Price and Playskool toys from the 1960s and 1970s that are still in their original packages. The Tennessee resident advises new hunters to be prepared to sell their finds or else “hope [they] all...

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    5/19/13 •

    ...Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. Travel guides from people you don't know can be misleading. What one person likes might not at all match what you like so statements that this is great or that is wonderful can lose all meaning. To help remedy that, note that this guide has been written by a National...

    Fontana Village Resort in the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina

    9/28/13 •

    Tucked amid the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina, the remote Fontana Village Resort offers not just relaxation and recreation, but also an up-close look at an unusual "company town". First known as Welch Cove and now privately owned, the village was created in the early 1940s to house 5,000 workers...

    Immerse Yourself in Civil War History in Vicksburg, Mississippi

    12/26/12 •

    ...park's eerie cemetery, which has lots of trees draped with Spanish moss. We also traveled part of the Natchez Trace, which is a 500-mile path from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. During the late 1700s and early 1800s, thousands of pioneers journeyed along this trail. In addition, we visited Windsor Ruins near Alcorn and the...

    Blue Heron Coal Mining Camp in Kentucky: A Coal Mine Worth the Side Trip (1)

    9/05/14 •

    ...Kentucky, 132 miles south of Lexington on State Highway 92 and about 9 miles from the Tennessee state line. Blue Heron is 9 miles west of Stearns on State Highway 742 in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. For information about Blue Heron call 1-606-376-3787. The Big South Fork Scenic Railway runs...

    Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley's Birthplace

    10/05/12 •

    Most people have heard of Graceland, Elvis Presley's grandiose mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. But "The King" got his start in a much more modest dwelling some 100 miles to the southeast in Tupelo, Mississippi. Elvis was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in a humble two-room home his father, Vernon, built for only $180,...