Architecture

Searching for the Perfect Society in Tennessee

In the late 19th century, British social reformer embarked on a bold social experiment in the rugged terrain of eastern Tennessee. He created a utopian society and called it Rugby. 6 Facts About Rugby, Tennessee Rugby's founder, English author...

Meet the Man Who Owns Florida’s Oldest Working Post Office

His name is Fredrick Wood III. But to the 150 or so people who live in the small community of Evinston, Florida, he's simply Fred. Everyone here knows Fred because he's the caretaker of the Wood & Swink Post Office and Community Store. It's the ...

A Secluded Mayan Oasis

What is today known as the Maitland Art and History Center was built by early 20th century visionary and architect J. Andre Smith in 1937 as an artist colony. Dedicated to experimental art, creatives from around the world, including big names like Ra...

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...

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...

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...

The Story Behind Florida’s Abandoned Dome Home

The headquarters of a bizarre cult or left behind by a group of extra terrestrials? Origins of the abandoned dome home of Cape Romano near Marco Island, Florida have confounded many over the years. But the real story of the eccentric house is a lot ...

Cracker Style is at the Heart of Fort Christmas

No place in Orange County preserves the feeling of "Old Florida" better than Fort Christmas Historical Park. The centerpiece of the 25-acre park is a replica of the fort that was built on Christmas day 1837. European settlers constructed the origi...

The Man Behind Vero’s Eccentric Driftwood Resort

No place to stay personifies “Old Florida” quite like the Driftwood Resort in Vero Beach. Eccentric citrus farmer Waldo Sexton constructed a private beach house called the “Breezeway” by the Atlantic during the 1930s. Following numerous additions,...