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 Exterior of Ziegler Cabin in Harmony, Pennslyvania. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Historic Harmony, PA

A half hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh, the tiny Western Pennsylvania town of Harmony, with a population of fewer than 1,000 people, has an unusual history that makes for a fascinating visit. Published in World Footprints

Haunted Butler County, PA

Butler County, PA has more than its share of ghost stories. Tiny Harmony, a National Historic Landmark District, was founded as a religious commune by George Rapp, a German Lutheran Separatist in 1804. Father Rapp had some... (Published in Weekender Extended Oct 3, 2018)

Exhibit of farmyard. Photo by Kathleen Walls

The Holocaust Museum  in Richmond

Some things should never be forgotten. The Holocaust is one of them. This story published in World Footprints takes you on a tour of  one of the most memorable museums you will ever visit.

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Pumpkinville

 

In Great Valley, New York, Pumkinville marks the fall season. Every September, fall fun lovers of all ages await the opening of Pumpkinville on the third Saturday of September. It runs through Halloween. The attraction, a cross between a roadside pumpkin seller and a festival, began in ...

Classy Casino Cuisine

Food may not be the first thing you think of when visiting a casino. Think again. Many of the casinos I have visited have some fabulous dining options from top of the line to economic buffets. Here are a few I recommend.

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Upscale Dining in The Outer Banks  

The Outer Banks, barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, has so many good seafood restaurants gourmets will think they died and went to Heaven. 

Bandstand at Bakers Keyoard Lounge

Bakers Lounge: A Detroit Music Icon  

Baker's Keyboard Lounge offers dining and memories. It holds claim to being the oldest continuously operated jazz club in the world. All the biggest... 

Cast of The Lost colony play on stage

 American's Oldest Unsolved Mystery

American's oldest mystery has never been solved. The story began with the settlement of Roanoke in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The prelude was ...

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Bloomsbury Inn

If you are tired of cookie cutter hotels and want a stay where you mix history, comfort, great good relaxing surroundings, cordial hosts and a friendly cat ...

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts is filled with more than 65,000 pieces of art from the earliest civilizations to the present day housed in over 100 galleries. A visitor from outer space could...

Detroit's Musical Heritage: More than Motown

Say "Detroit" and any music lover will think "Motown." Yes, Motown is a big part of Detroit's musical history but it's not the whole story...

Enchanted Mountains of New York

Cattaraugus County New York is known as the Enchanted Mountains for good reason. It may be a lesser known destination but there is so much to see and do among those picturesque mountains you will be enchanted.

 Rockefeller House at Carvers Creek State Park

North Carolina's Newest Treasure: Carvers Creek State Park

It's always exciting to watch a new state park develop. North Carolina's newest is Carvers Creek State Park. It was authorized in 2005 and opened the first stage in September 2013. 

 

Cheraw State Park 

Sometimes a state park is just a place to park your camper. At Cheraw State Park, it's a whole family adventure. Golfers will be ecstatic about the 18 hole championship course set in pine forest adjourning Jake Juniper. They will appreciate...

Niagara Falls

Mother Earth's Powerhouse: Niagara Falls 

There is nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature's most powerful places. Niagara Falls is one of those special places. I just returned from a visit there and was literally blown away. At the top of Cave of the Winds as I stood on Hurricane Deck...

large stone house known as the Wildwood Sanitarium

Wildwood Sanitarium: Do You Want to Spend The Night?

Today the stately stone building in Salamanca, New York looks deserted and run down but just looking you feel that there is a strange history. You would be right. First it was... 

  Field of American Flags at Fort Bragg's Airborne Museum

Fayetteville can Bragg

When it comes to the telling American war history, Fayetterville, North Carolina has bragging rights. Fort Bragg's 82d Airborne Division War Memorial Museum commemorates the sacrifices made by the 82 nd Airborne and Special Operation Troops in wars from...

Roomsized video at North Caralonia Aquarium Roanoke Island with alligator appearing to be near woman;s feet.

Watery Wonders at North Carolina Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a shimmering jewel in the Outer Banks. From the moment you step through the doors and are greeted with a unique preview of the resident sea life you are... 

Delicious Detroit

People are suprised when someone mentions Detroit as a top dining city. They shouldn't be. Motor City is filled with over-the-top dining. Here's a few. Published in Weekender Extended Sept 2018.

 

 

Etowah Indian Mounds: An Ancient Treasure

There's a time machne in Georgia. Etowah Indian Mounds near Cartersville in Bartow County take you back to before Hernando De Soto and his band of gold hunting explorers tramped across Northwest Georgia.... Published in Fall 2018 issue of Georgia Connector

 

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Living High in the Outer Banks


Where to stay and what to do in the Outer Banks. Published in Weekender Extended

First Choice Outer Banks


There is something to be said for being “The First.” My recent visit to the Outer Banks involved a lot of firsts. As I drove along Outer Banks Scenic Byway […]

Three Stops on the Trail of Tears


Chieftains Museum, New Echota, and Vann House help tell the story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in Georgia. Published by World Footprints

The Rise and Fall of Goldsboro


Goldsboro, Florida, the second black incorporated city in the United States, which thrived and was involuntarily incorporated into Sanford. Published in World Footprints.

A little Bit of West Virginia Heaven: Capon Springs


Capon Springs’ story began in 1765 when a man named Henry Frye stumbled upon the spring. Of course Native Americans knew of the spring’s healing power

Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy


Thomas Jefferson may have been our emerging nation’s most controversial figure.

Patsy Cline: Home is Where the Heart is


One of the most iconic names in country music history is Patsy Cline. She was the first female artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Saint Augustine’s Wild Side


Saint Augustine has so much to see and do in the historic and food areas. We sometimes forget the magnificent amounts of nature available there.

Birmingham’s Quirky Places


A visit to Birmingham’s quirky attractions. published in Weekender Extended
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Honeysuckle Teahouse: From Farm to Cup


Honeysuckle Tea House near Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a unique place in today’s world.

But Wait, There’s More


We tend to think of restaurants as separate entities but sometimes restaurants are part of something bigger. Here are a few that will offer you more than a meal.

Drop in on Ma Rainey


The singers of today who gain attention for their outrageous behaviors have nothing on Ma Rainey. Her career spanned the last few years of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Linde Marie’s Steakhouse on the Square


When she opened Linde Marie’s Steakhouse on the square in Cave Spring, Georgia in 2013, Linde Marie Wentz is quick to admit “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

Wondermade: Sticky Fun


Can you imagine a simple Christmas present turning into a worldwide business? Neither did Nathan Clark when he gifted his wife with a candy thermometer.

Winchester’s Wars


Winchester, Virginia was immersed in three of American’s wars, French and Indian War, American Revolution and Civil War.

Georgia’s Gardens of the Gods


In Georgia, art and religion often intersect. Published in Weekender Extended
Entrance to Victor's at Florence Hotel

Florence Hotel: A Blend of Old and New


We expect a hotel to have all the modern amenities and conveniences. It’s a plus when they have a unique personality and interesting history. Hotel Florence fills the bill all […]
Joplin's Mineral and History Museum entrance

Joplin’s Mineral and History Museum


How often do you find a cat in a historical museum? Add to that how often does said cat “write” for a local paper? Well, meet Percy
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Hampshire County, WV


West Virginia was born out of the War Between the States. Few other states were as divided in their sentiments. Hampshire County more than most of the other counties
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Small Town Atmosphere, Big City Fun


Campers and RVers, do you hate dealing with big city traffic and congestion but love to visit culinary destinations, art heavy communities or historical places? If so you will love […]
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Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden


Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden in Sanford, is Central Florida’s shining jewel when it comes to learning about our fellow mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Hinnant Family Vineyards


Just like good wines, Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery is well aged. Daphne Evans, Hinnant’s Wine Club Director, offered us a tasting while she told us the history of the […]

The Best of the Best: Award Winning Southern Restaurants


I’ve been busy traveling on many press trips and conferences in the South lately. In my travels, I have visited a lot of award winning restaurants. Some are upscale but […]
Sculpture in Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park

A Letter’s Legacy: Birmingham Civil Rights Trail


Letter from the Birmingham Jail is one of the most notable documents from the Civil Rights movement. On a recent press trip to Birmingham I got to visit and appreciate […]
Rear view of Old Mill Room

The Old Mill Room: Flavored with History


The Old Mill Room in Charlottesville, Virginia is the perfect dining spot after a visit to Monticello. It transports you to an earlier time. In fact it has links back […]
Outside dining at Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford

Germany without the Airfare


Want to experience Germany but can’t afford the airfare? There’s a solution. Visit Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café in Sanford, Florida.
George Wahiington leanding troups against the Whiskey Rebellion

Bourbon: It’s not just from Kentucky


Kentucky makes fine bourbon. I’ve visited the Bardstown Kentucky Bourbon Trail and loved it. But distilleries in other states have discovered the appeal of bourbon.
 

Norris Dam and The Secret City


A visit to Tennessee’s TVA lake and its surrounding attractions including Oakridge, The Secret City, and Museum of Appalachia

Capon Springs, West Virginia, Almost Heaven


Hampshire County, West Virginia has a unique resort known as Capon Springs. Published in Weekender Extended.
Medieval Torture Museum

St. Augustine’s Newest Museum: Medieval Torture Museum


St. Augustine’s newest museum, the Medieval Torture Museum is so historically accurate and realistic but still fun. Published by Florida Traveler

Simple Twist


It’s known as Simple Twist for a reason. The owners are North Carolina locals Nathan and Colleen Roby. Their dream fulfillment was a simple twist of fate.
 

Oak Ridge America’s Secret City


Few places in the world can compete with America’s Secret City, Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a history maker. Not only was history literally made here, it was achieved with a […]

Elvis Slept Here


In the days when a Model T was the latest craze and everyone wanted one of those new fangled horseless carriages, it was only natural for new roads to spring […]

Get Your Fix on Route 66


Route 66 Museum has a modest home in the county library in Lebanon, Missouri but it tells a big story. It took me back to the earliest days of Route 66.

Ava Gardener Museum


Ava Gardner was a star of the first magnitude. A visit to her museum in Smithfield, North Carolina tells a more complete story.

Gip’s Place


Gip knows how to throw a party. The party is on every Saturday night at Henry “Gip” Gipson’s house. It’s one of the last of Birmingham’s secret treasures.

Museum of Appalachia


Want to see all of Appalachia but don’t have the time to travel that far? Instead visit Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee.

Half Moon Bay-California’s Hidden Treasure


You’ve got to get off the interstate to get to Half Moon Bay but it’s well worth the drive. There is something there for everyone.

Playing in the Dirt at Lomax Incubator Farm


Would be farmers in Cabarrus County, North Carolina have an opportunity to get their hands dirty at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm. This is a unique opportunity for local Farmers-In-Training […]

Pizza and Beer


They say pizza and beer go together so here are some of each.

Jefferson School


Imagine yourself an African American in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1865. You have never been taught to read or write. Suddenly you are a free person. What do you need most […]

From Cowtown to Culture


San Angelo conjures up visions of a place filled with lore and legend. Let’s take a trip into the past to see San Angelo’s early days and the things that […]
7 Mile House circa June 1904. Original owner, Egidio Micheli, center with apron, with partner, Palmiro Testa (right). Lady on the far right back holding baby Ecle is Niccola Testa. Little girl on far right is Eva Testa | Courtesy of 7 Mile House

The Last Mile House Standing


Published by Station KCET about 7 Mile House in San Mateo
Rib dinner at King's Restaurant

Head South for Delicious BBQ


Southerners love their barbecue. Here are some of my favorites.

Landmark Park: A Taste of Rural Life in Alabama’s Wiregrass Area


Landmark Park is a step back to Dothan’s early farm heritage in the 1890s. It pays tribute to the Wiregrass Area agricultural heritage.

They Walked Into History


A visit to The Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee is a lesson in a painful part of American history. One we should all visit.

Oh God For One More Breath


Little known story of mine wars in Anderson County, TN . This one won finalist in NATJA Historic Category awards for 2017

Southern Comfort Food -Table and Main


Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations? With over 200 independent restaurants it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, […]

Just Throw Me That There Roll: Lambert’s Cafe


Lambert’s Café in Sikeston Missouri is known for throwing your food at you. Yes, at least the rolls. The rest of the side dishes, they bring to your table and […]

A Piece of Americana Frozen in Time: Red Oak II


The U.S. is full of deserted ghost towns, but sometimes ghost towns can be reincarnated. Such is the case in Red Oak II near Carthage, Missouri just off Route 66.

Awesome Alpharetta


Take a Girlfriend Getaway to Alpharetta, Georgia for fun, food, and shopping.
 the CSS Albermarle at Civil War Naval Musuem in Columbus, GA

Columbus Georgia – Where History is so Close You Can Touch It


Step back in time to 1828 and move through the years in Columbus. There’s Springer Opera, House, Civil War Naval Museum, National Infantry Museum and more.
A Southern Belle inspects the CSS Jackson at Civil War Naval Musuem in Columbus, GA

Columbus Georgia where history is so close you can touch It


Radio show on Big Blend Radio Show about Columbus, GA. Hear about the city’s storied past.
Old Mill In Abilene, TX

The Old Mill Lives On


The Mill Winery is an unusual combination of old and new. The Texas Mill and Elevator Company was built to meet the needs of the young town of Abilene in […]
Diana's Hotel in San Mateo, CA

Small Hotel- Big Welcome- Dinah’s Garden Hotel


Dinah’s Garden Hotel bills itself, “A lush oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley.” It certainly lives up to that promise.
Todd Syrup Farm in Dothan AL

Todd Syrup Farm: Raising Cane Since 1835


Can you imagine one family raising cane since 1835? Well, that’s just what Joe Todd’s family had been doing.
Ruins in Petra, Jordan

Petra up Close


This is how Lawrence of Arabia summed up Petra in a letter to a friend. He’s right; it must be seen to be fully appreciated.

It’s More Than a Building: Cherry St. AME Church


The story behind the Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dothan, Alabama plays out like a classic drama of good versus evil;
Muslim and American woman at table preparting food at Petra Kitchen

Jordan’s Food Mirrors its History


Take a gastronomical trip through Jordan’s history
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One Idea Two Ways


Two food incubators in different states. So alike yet so different. Both are fun to visit and do a lot for up-and-coming food entrepreneurs.
Pittsburgh nigh skylight view from Montery Bay Fish Grotto

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto: Dining in a Fish Bow


Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is one of those rare places that is more than the sum of its parts.
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A Trip on The Strip


Pittsburgh was named #1 Food City in the US in 2015 by Zagot. One section of the ‘Burgh stands out as the heart of its foodie movement, The Strip.
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Nash Farm: Grapevine’s Window into Yesterday


My favorite Grapevine historic/agri adventure is Nash Farm, the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County.
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Everything is Bigger at Gaylord Texan


The Gaylord Texan Resort is six miles from DFW Airport and light years away from average.
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Frontier Texas–It’s for Real


Some museums pack a punch. You walk away feeling “been there, done that” in real time. Frontier Texas is one of those.
Exterior of Filoli in San Mateo County Califonia

Filoli: Not your Average Country Home


Filoli Mansion is a bit off the beaten path and way out of the ordinary. It’s near Woodside about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Many visitors might miss it. […]
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San Angelo’s Eye Candy


Have you ever wondered where one of the world’s most prestigious collections of waterliles in the US can be found?
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Grown Up Fun in San Mateo County


Sophisticated adults traveling in San Mateo County, California will have a lot of opportunities to taste test some of California’s finest wines and craft beers right at the source.
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Slow Trip in Time on the Tule Princess


Steamboats were at their heights as the world entered the industrial age. You can catch a glimpse of that time on the Tule Princess
Header photo of Agri Lanes showing herd of goats at Harley Farm

Don’t Let Them Get Your Goat: Visit Harley Farms


Come along on a visit to Harley Farms in San Mateo County, meet the goats, they llama protectors and sample the herb infused cheeses made on site.
Nat and Willie Glockenspiel characters on clock tower in Grapevine, TX

A Day in Grapevine


If you can have this much fun in Grapevine, Texas, just think how much you’ll enjoy a longer visit. Published in Weekender Extended
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Amarillo Anytime


There is so much to do in Amarillo, Texas that anytime is a good time to visit. Published in FWTMagazine
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Perini Steakhouse Restaurant and More


Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas is well recognized even outside its native Texas, for its many awards but there is more .
Ruins in Jerash, Jordan

Jerash-Jordan’s Other Treasure


There is more to see in Jordan than Petra. Jerash is a archaeological treasure.
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The Real Wild West at Buffalo Gap Village


Buffalo Gap, Texas founded at the site of a natural pass through which bison herds traveled is a glimpse of the Wild West as it really was.
View of Kempinsky hotel and pook and dead sea

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar: Beyond Five-Star Luxury


Living in the lap of luxury on the shore of the Dead Sea. Food, wine, spa and a timeless sea in a mystic land.
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Now You’re Cooking~ Petra Kitchen


What fun to prepare you own meal before dining. It’s even better in an exotic country you are visiting for the first time.
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Wadi Rum: The Ultimate Desert


It’s known as the Valley of the Moon. The landscape of Wadi Rum is so exotic it might well be on some ancient orbiting rock.
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Looking out for Mother Earth: Feynan Eco Lodge


Spend the night in a eco-lodge that is totally solar-powered and get close to nature. It’s a trip you’ll never forget.
Ritz Theater in the Lavilla Neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fl

Puttin’ on the Ritz


The original Ritz Theater was constructed in 1929 when Black entertainers followed what was called the “Chittlin’ Circuit”
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Life in a Bedouin Tent


Get up close and personal with local Bedouins. Share their lifestyle. The experience of a lifetime.

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Touch of Old Florida: The Tallahassee Museum


With most museums, you expect to find all the exhibits tucked away neatly in a building. Tallahassee Musuem is so different. It’s like a time capsule of Tallahassee’s cultural and […]
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Mesa Verde Country: On the Trail of the Ancients: Part One


Some of American’s most intriguing mysteries surround the Anasazi culture of Mesa Verde. Modern Anthropology is uncovering many secrets
 

The Other James Boy


Say “outlaw” and “James” in the same sentence and everyone responds “Jesse James.” Remember there was another brother. Published in Legends of America.
Treasury, the highlight of Petra

Petra: An Ancient Wonder


How well Lawrence of Arabia summed up Petra. It must be seen to be fully appreciated. Published in Weekender Extended
Bellevue  at Tallahassee Museum

Classie Tallahassee


As befits the capital of a southern city, Tallahassee is pretty classy. There’s nothing plastic or theme park-ish about Tallahassee. (in Weekender Extended)

Niagara’s Other Side: Canada’s Niagara


Published in Lagniappe take a look at what’s on the other side of Niagara Falls. Canada knows how to surround Niagara Falls with glamour and glitz also.

Birth of the Civil Rights Movement


St. Augustine where it all began. In the 1700s, enslaved people were escaping not to the north, but south to Spanish Florida and the African American colony of Fort Mose.

 

 

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