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A Quick Tour of Downtown Knoxville

When Knoxville was chosen to host the 1982 World's Fair, many people across the country lampooned the decision. "What does this burg at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains know about hosting a first-class international event like a world's fair?" a ...

Barberville Pioneer Settlement

This bridge tender's house (pictured below) was built in Astor in 1926 and is one of the last still in existence in Florida. The men who lived here over the years operated the bridge's swing span to allow boat traffic on the St. John's River to safel...

5 Things You Should See & Do During Papa Fest

The top 5 things you should see and do during Ernest Hemingway Days July 19-24, 2016 in Key West. Visit the Hemingway Home and Museum Yes, there will be tons of people wanting to see the place Hemingway called home for more than a decade. But the t...

Trader Mae’s is Shabby Chic to It’s Core

Find yourself in the Orlando area and looking to give your home a shabby chic shot in the arm? I've got two words for you -- Trader Mae's. About a 26-minute drive northwest of downtown Orlando in the suburb of Apopka is 24,000 square feet of home de...

A Sad Reminder of Florida’s Past

During the early 1900s in Florida, prisoners were often leased to corporations for road work, timber harvesting and turpentining. Historians say the men were often chained together (photo below) and transported to work sites using convict cage wagons...

Inside the Sanctuary of Sculptor Albin Polasek

Albin Polasek was a Czech-American sculptor who created more than 400 works during his career, many of which are on display at his retirement home in Winter Park. The historic site overlooking Lake Osceola offers daily tours of the home, studio, gal...

The Story Behind This Beachside Castle

Look carefully the next time you’re traveling up A1A north of St. Augustine and you might notice a piece of roadside architecture that’s a little out of place for the beaches of Florida. Poking above the trees is a series of large turrets that belong...

You Won’t Believe What’s Inside This Unrestored Mansion

Savannah’s Historic District is filled with dignified, lovingly-restored mansions which can be toured for a price. The Noble Hardee House overlooking Monterey Square is not one of them. Ever bit as stately as its counterparts, construction on this I...

Photographer Documents Disappearing Road Stops

A sometimes little-noticed piece of roadside America is quickly fading from the nation’s landscape. Humble, solitary rest stops were commonplace off highways across the United States during the middle of the last century. They were products of a cul...