Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 16, 2019

Beautiful Madison

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Madison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The city sits on an isthmus between Lakes Mendota and Monona.

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The Wisconsin State Capitol is located near the lovely lakeshore. It dates back to 1917 and has an impressive 284-foot dome. Inside you can see decorative murals and marble from France, Italy, and Germany.  Guided tours are available.

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The Chazen Museum of Art exhibits paintings, sculptures, drawings, print work, and photos. You can admire American and European art. Rotating exhibits feature artwork from around the region and abroad. Guided tours are available. There are also musical programs.

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The Olbrich Botanical Gardens are in bloom all year round with seasonal plants. The gardens opened in 1952. The Bolz Conservatory has indigenous foliage.

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There are lovely roses and the Sala, a picturesque pavilion was given to the gardens by the Thai government and offers a taste of Asia in Madison.

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The Wisconsin Historical Museum sits in Capitol Square. It lets visitors get to know about the historical and cultural significance of Madison. There are rotating exhibits and galleries as well as a fixed educational section.

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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is the inspiration of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, but he never saw it completed. It was built in 1997 using the designs of Wright. Visitors can tour the building and enjoy the rooftop terrace for awesome views of the city.

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The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art or the Madison Art Center is an impressive building that resembles the bow of a ship and spans three floors, fronted by amazing glass walls. Here you will find rotating galleries featuring both local and international works of art.

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The Henry Vilas Zoo opened in 1924.

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You can see many animals here including bears, lions, and a variety of ape species.

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Youngsters can join an educational program to learn about protecting local flora and fauna. There are interesting interactive displays and rides like an old-fashioned carousel.

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The Madison Children’s  Museum has many interesting and engaging exhibits for children. There are activities for different ages from toddlers to pre-teens. Each of the sections is dedicated to a different theme teaching children about the world around them.

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Lake Monona is fed by the Yahara River. It means “beautiful” in the local Chippewa language. This lake is known for being frozen for much of the year and used for ice skating. In the summer months, it can be used for fishing and boating.

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The University of Wisconsin campus spans over 1,000 acres and visitors can visit parts of the campus like the Arboretum which houses some of the oldest ecological communities in the world including prairies, forest, wetland, and savannas.

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It is famous for its signature lilac collection. You can get information at the Visitor Center.

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Lake Kegonsa State Park lies on the shores of lovely Lake Kegonsa. The park has forest lands, prairies, and wetlands. Visitors enjoy camping on the campgrounds

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and spending time at the beach along the northeast shore of Lake Kegonsa. You can enjoy hiking along the trails here or go boating, fishing, or water skiing on the lake. You can also enjoy swimming.

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The Aldo Leopold Nature Center or the ALNC was founded in 1994. It is dedicated to providing young visitors with interactive programs for families. There are educational programs you can join. You can see local Madison flora and fauna here.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 12, 2019

Milwaukee on Lake Michigan

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Milwaukee sits on the western shore of Lake Michigan in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is best known for its breweries. Milwaukee is also known as being the setting for two popular TV shows “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley”. The TV shows sort of made everyone want to live in the city.

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 Milwaukee RiverWalk is a two-mile-long walk along the Milwaukee River. Along the way, you can enjoy different restaurants and pubs.

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There are various public art exhibitions that make the River Walk like an outdoor art gallery. Colorful signs explain the history of the city and this is the venue for events like River Rhythms and the Milwaukee River Challenge.

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The River Walk links three interesting Milwaukee districts – Downtown, Historic Third Ward, and Beerline B.

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The Lakefront Area is a beautiful downtown area. It has plenty of stores and galleries and places to dine right on the shores of Lake Michigan. There are many lovely walking trails so you can explore the city. Along the way, you’ll find parks and attractions.

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A prominent landmark is the War Memorial Center which commemorates the soldiers that gave their lives for their country during WW II and the Korean War.

Take a look at the Municipal Pier and the Henry Maier Festival Grounds where the famous Summerfest is held.

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The Milwaukee Art Museum is an impressive building with art collections that include American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries. It was founded in 1888 and has over 20,000 artworks. This lakeside building resembles a cross between a sleek shop and an aircraft and has a tall, retractable structure on the roof which resembles wings. The museum offers free admission on Thursdays.

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The Charles Allis Art Museum displays American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries housed in an impressive Tudor-style villa from 1911.

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The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was built in 1923 as an Italian Renaissance villa displaying decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries.

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The Haggerty Museum of Art has a collection of over 2,000 pieces of art including many Old Masters.

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The Grohmann Museum housed in the Milwaukee School of Engineering has an impressive collection of art that depicts the advancement and growth of human ingenuity related to work.

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There is an amazing rooftop sculpture garden.

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The Historic Third Ward is located south of downtown Milwaukee and is a top attraction. Today it’s a trendy Arts and Fashion District with boutiques, galleries, theaters, restaurants, and spas. It is home to the Third Ward Riverwalk,

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the Milwaukee Public Market,

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Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), and the Broadway Theatre Center.

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Discovery World Museum is also referred to as the James Lovell Museum of Science, Economics, and Technology. The museum has many interactive exhibits for both young and old. It is located on the lakeshore and has an impressive architectural design. Among the highlights here is the Reiman Aquarium and the tall ship Denis Sullivan. It also offers big-screen movie adventures and live theater experiences. You can see artifacts and find out about the Great Lakes and there is a huge scale model of the entire Great Lakes area.

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The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory or The Domes where each of the Domes offers a unique experience.

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The Desert Dome features the world’s greatest collection of shrubs, cacti and other desert plant life.

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The Tropical Dome has lush greenery, flowers, and fruit and nut-bearing trees.

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The Floral Show Dome has lovely gardens filled with flowers.

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The Milwaukee County Zoo is a woodland park that provides natural habitats for the 3,122 animals from 377 different species that make their home here. You can see mammals, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Visitors enjoy seeing the polar bears, gorillas, and cheetahs.

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There are active educational programs and fun seasonal events. Among the highlights are the animal petting area, penguin viewing area, a walk-through aviary, camel rides and so much more.

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The Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum. It showcases permanent and temporary exhibits and is home to the first IMAX Theater in Wisconsin. Highlights include natural history displays of life-size dinosaurs and a reconstruction of a tropical rainforest. Visitors also enjoy seeing the past of Milwaukee in the “Streets of Milwaukee” exhibit. There are fascinating exhibits related to the continents of Africa, Asia, and the Arctic. There is a village with reconstructions of homes from Europe. The six-story Dome Theater has planetarium-type shows.

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The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church is famous for two reasons – it was built by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright and second, it resembles a spaceship or a leering alien depending from what angle its viewed. It has a blue dome with a gold cross on tip. Visitors can take group tours and are welcome to attend regular church services.

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The City Hall is an important part of the city skyline. It was finished in 1895 and was one of the tallest 19th-century skyscrapers of its kind. It was built in the Flemish and German Renaissance Revival styles. Free tours are available and visitors can climb the bell tower and view the lovely interior.

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Historic Pabst Brewery offers guided tours that start at The Best Pub and relate the history fo the brewery from 1844. The tour includes a 16 oz. Pabst or Schlitz on tap. You’ll see the historic Blue Ribbon Hall and stroll through the preserved areas of the old brewery.

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The Pabst Theater is one of the city’s architectural gems. It was built at the turn of the 20th century and resembles a European opera house with an impressive Baroque interior with a chandelier and an Italian Carrara marble staircase. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers stage and musical productions.

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Another popular attraction is the Pabst Mansion near the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Campus. It was built in 1893 for the Pabst family and has period furnishings and décor. Free guided tours are available.

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Lakeshore State Park offers awesome views of the skyline and plenty of recreation along the shores of Lake Michigan. You can enjoy walking, biking, or skating along the paved trails. You can enjoy the lake kayaking or canoeing or take a boat out on the lake.

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The North Point Lighthouse Museum explains the role that Milwaukee had in the regional maritime activities of the Great Lakes. You’ll see illustrated stories of the keepers of the lighthouse and personal scrapbooks and artifacts from wrecks.

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The Lynden Sculpture Garden is a lovely lakeside park full of wonderful sculptures.

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The inside galleries have contemporary exhibits. There are educational programs available.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 7, 2019

Visiting Green Bay

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In our armchair travels, we’ve arrived in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The state is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin has a coastline along both Lakes Michigan and Superior. Its nickname is the Badger State.

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Our tour of the state begins in Green Bay which is a city that sits at the southern end of Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. It is the hometown of the NFL football team The Green Bay Packers.

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Lambeau Field is the official home of NFL football team the Green Bay Packers. Visitors can take a tour of the stadium, including the Atrium, a private suite, and the player’s tunnels.

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You can take a look at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, which is located at the entrance to the stadium offering over 100 years of Packer’s history. Check out the Packers Pro Shop.

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The National Railway Museum was founded in 1956 and is one of the oldest and largest railroad museums. It offers visitors a look into the country’s rich railroad heritage and has a large collection of restored rolling stock and engines, photos, archives, and a library.

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One of the highlights is the Eisenhower collection where the centerpiece is the British Railways steam engine, Dwight D. Eisenhower, used during WW II.

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The Green Bay Botanical Gardens have a large variety of rare and unique plants. In all seasons something is blooming. There is a lovely children’s garden with a treehouse, maze, and slide and a beautiful Scandinavian-themed summer house to relax in.

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Tours, social events, and a series of educational programs are available. The blooms and the natural areas in the gardens represent the four distinct seasons in northeastern Wisconsin.

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The Walk of Legends is an art walkway that has 24 statues celebrating the legends and chronicling the history of football in Green Bay between 1895 and the present. The mile-long walkway belongs starts at Lambeau Stadium.

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The Packers Heritage Trail is a walking tour of important city landmarks that are associated with the Green Bay Packers. Along the way are 22 commemorative plaques with interesting facts and stats. The tour ends in the Packers Heritage Trail Plaza where you can see statues of the team’s founder and former star players.

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Heritage Hill State Historical Park is an open-air museum where you can learn about the earliest settlers in and around Green Bay. This living history park represents northeastern Wisconsin the way it was from 1672 – 1940. There are costumed interpreters that recreate life and times in the 1800s.

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You can tour 25 restored buildings. During the summer educational programs and workshops are available.

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At the historic Meyer Theater, you can see a comedy show or hear a concert performance. This venue hosts touring acts and regular original musical comedy performances by the house troupe, Let Me Be Frank Productions. The 1930s vaudeville theater has original light fixtures and the original pipe organ.

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The Bay Beach Amusement Park has a fun roller coaster and kids’ rides. It is the ninth oldest continuously running amusement park in the U.S. where most rides are only 25 cents.

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The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for nature and bird lovers. There are more than 250 species of birds making their home here. At the Nature Education Center, you’ll find interactive exhibits teaching about the environmental conservation of the area.

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You might also spot flying squirrels, wolves, and bobcats.

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Hazelwood Historic House Museum dates back to the early 19th century. You can see period pieces and memorabilia on display. There are 10 rooms decorated in the style that was common to Green Bay from the 1840s to the 1890a. You can also choose from a variety of fun tour packages including formal teas.

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Titletown is a 45- acre complex with retail shops, entertainment venues, restaurants, and businesses. One of its key features is the large public park where football games and outdoor fitness activities take place. It is a great place to mingle with the locals and a get feel of the social side of the city.

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Oneida Nation Tour will show you the city’s Native American roots. You can take a tour fo the Oneida Reservation and see how the earliest settlers lived in the 1700s at the Oneida Nation Village.

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Buffalo Overlook has a herd of 125 buffalo.

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The Three Sisters Garden at Oneida Farm grows organic produce. Tours are available.

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Neville Public Museum is Green Bay’s largest museum where you can learn about the area and see a wide range of exhibits. It has a signature permanent exhibit “On the Edge of the Inland Sea” educating people about the history of the Great Lakes Region. Exhibits take people on a walk through history from the Ice Age to the present.

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L.H. Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve is located on the southwestern shores of Green Bay and provides a safe haven for dozens of species of birds. It is also an educational facility. At the Interpretive Center, you can learn about the native plant and animal life including species like Canadian geese and wild ducks. In the summer months, you can go hiking along the many trails and in the winter go snowshoeing or skiing.

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Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo or the NEW Zoo offers more than 40 acres of exhibits that are dedicated to the animals in the area. You can see grey wolves, mountain lions, and bears. Other kinds of animals include African lions and wallabies from Australia.

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Visitors can tour the zoo and see animals in replicas of their natural habitats and learn about their preservation and environmental conservation.

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The Grassy Island Range Lights are two preserved lighthouses that once stood at the mouth of the Green Bay Harbor. They once warned ships sailing in the channels of the harbor. Now decommissioned they have been moved to this location and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | July 4, 2019

Mississippi Off the Beaten Path

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The creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson was born in Greenville in 1936. As a boy, he played in the swamplands of Leland.

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This small town now claims that it is the birthplace of his most famous Muppet creation Kermit the Frog. The small museum is housed in two rooms in the Leland Chamber of Commerce and displays puppets and memorabilia honoring Kermit the Frog. Henson’s boyhood friend was Kermit Scott and is the one that the character of Kermit the Frog is based on.

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Once Leland had established this Muppet museum they were given the original Muppet figures of Dr. Teeth, The Swedish Chef, and Chester the Rat to display. When these puppets were returned to the Jim Henson Company the original Kermit the Frog puppet was donated by Henson’s wife. Visitors can have their photos taken with a giant stuffed Kermit.

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Rowan Oak in Oxford is a two-story Greek Revival home which was built by planter Colonel Robert Sheegog in the 1840s. This is the home where author William Faulkner wrote many or this legendary Southern gothic tales. Faulkner named his home in honor of the mythical rowan tree which is considered to be a tree of peace and security. The family lived in the home until Faulkner’s death in 1962.

This is where Faulkner lived when he won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1972 the house was sold to the University of Mississippi. Today visitors can tour the house and the grounds.

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It was in the summer of 1969 when the farmhands on Egypt Plantation in Cruger were digging. Suddenly they dug up an old coffin that was made of cast-iron and glass and a body could be visible inside. It was the body of a young woman in a red velvet dress, white gloves, and square-toes boots. It was unusual that the body had not decomposed. The coffin had been filled with preservative alcohol and sealed. Local historians had no luck discovering her identity and she was reburied in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington marking her birth date as 1835 and date of death 1969 the year discovered. People intrigued by this go to visit the grave of the Lady in Red.

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Clark Creek Nature Area in Woodville is an amazing place with more than 50 waterfalls, some over 30 feet tall. Here you can enjoy the beauty of nature, hike, and cycle.

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There are large beech and magnolia trees. It is a wonderful state park to explore. The hardwood forest has some rare flora which has been carefully marked.

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Sky Lake in Belzoni was occupied by Native American several thousand years ago. Here you can see some ancient bald cypresses.

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Sky Lake is an abandoned channel of the Mississippi River.

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 Mitchell Farms in Collins has been in business since 1960. This is a great place to visit where you can pick your own tomatoes and peaches.

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The farm also offers other fresh fruits and vegetables including peanuts.

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You can tour the farm and the on-site historic cabin filled with memorabilia collected through the years.

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The Noxabee National Wildlife Refuge is home to a wide variety of wildlife native to Mississippi. All around there is wonderful natural beauty. The boardwalk at Doyle Arm offers great bird watching and is a feeding area for migratory birds.

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This is a great place to see alligators in their natural habitat.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | June 29, 2019

Exploring Mississippi

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The Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches from Cat Island in Mississippi to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island in Florida. Even though most of the seashore is submerged, the barrier islands have white-sand beaches, coastal marshes, and dense maritime forests. Here you’ll find hiking trails, camping, and areas in which to picnic. There are also old forts and recreational opportunities such as kayaking and snorkeling. At the seashore, you’ll find several visitor centers. Fort Pickens has volunteers who can answer your questions.

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The USS Cairo is on display at Vicksburg National Military Park. It sunk the same year it was commissioned. After sitting under mud for almost 100 years it was salvaged. Now the restored ship is on display along with thousands of recovered artifacts.

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The Vicksburg National Military Park commemorates the battle that took place in this town during one of the most decisive periods of the Civil War. Here General Grant was captured, giving Union forces control of the waterway.

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The park also includes Vicksburg National Cemetery where 17,000 Union soldiers are buried and another 13,000 U.S. military veterans have lost their lives in conflicts since then.

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The Old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg is a registered National Historic Landmark. Exhibits include extensive antebellum and Civil War artifacts. There is a large portrait collection, Native American artifacts, and a teddy bear which was a gift from Theodore Roosevelt. You can look at the building and visit the McCardle Research Library with historical volumes and original documents from the region’s past.

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In Indianola, you’ll find a museum that focuses on the life and work of one of the most influential blues artist of all time B.B. King. At the B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center you’ll also learn about the birth of blues in the Mississippi Delta. The exhibits here are themed by era starting with the 1930s Delta and the time King was a farmer. Other exhibits follow B. B King to Memphis where he became the “Beale Street Boy” and was on the radio for the first time. There is a gift shop that sells blues and King-related souvenirs.

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The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport is a large research and rehabilitation center with an interactive museum, teaching people about ocean life. This is one of the only dolphin rescue facilities on the Gulf coast.

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Visitors can see dolphin presentations and learn more about them as they play with their trainers. If you like you can also get a dolphin encounter. The Discovery Room has touch pools allowing visitors to interact with sea stars, stingrays, sharks, and other marine life. You can learn about reptiles and birds while watching tropical animal shows.

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Beauvoir is a large estate that overlooks the Mississippi Sound in Biloxi. It was built in 1852 and was the home of the Confederate States of America’s only president, Jefferson Davis in 1877. Later from 1903 to 1957, it was a free veterans home for Confederate veterans. It became home to the Confederate Presidential Library and Museum. In the museum, you can see artifacts that once belonged to Davis and items from the former veterans home as well as Civil War artifacts. Visitors can tour the large estate which includes the home, guest cottages, and the Memorial Cemetery.

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The Biloxi Lighthouse was completed in 1848 and became the very first cast-iron lighthouse in the southern states. It was reopened for tours in 2010 after surviving Hurricane Katrina.

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Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in a two-room house that was built by his father in Tupelo, Mississippi. Today the home has been preserved and open to the public complete with period furnishings. Elvis’ interest in music began by listening to gospel music in church.

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The chapel that the family attended has been relocated to this same property. There is a museum that chronicles his early life and a gift shop with Elvis-themed souvenirs.

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The Rock & Blues Heritage Museum in Clarksdale has music memorabilia on display from the 1950s through the 1970s. There is a collection of original records that date back to a 1905 Edison phonograph and cylinders and examples of the 1920s 78 RPM acetate records. There are guitars that have been autographed by music legends like Chuck Berry, B.B. King, and others. You’ll find lots of interesting memorabilia.

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Two miles east of Biloxi you’ll find the town of Ocean Springs. This is a haven for artists and craftspeople with art shops and studios.

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There are also a number of historic churches from the late 1800s.

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One of the highlights here is the Walter Anderson Museum of Art which features the artwork of Walter Inglis Anderson and his two brothers. The collections include oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints as well as carvings and ceramics.

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The Mississippi Petrified Forest in Flora gives visitors the opportunity to see the enormous remains of what was once a massive forest and has turned to stone with time. There are nature trails to explore. The Earth Science Museum has exhibits that explain the science behind how this all came to be. There are many interesting displays among them whale bones. Children enjoy having their photo taken on “Caveman’s Bench” and looking for treasure in the gem mining flume.

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Dunn’s Falls was named after their creator, John Dunn who was an Irish immigrant in the mid-1850s. The stream provides a natural source of power via a working water wheel and then crashes seventy feet into the river below. You can enjoy fishing, canoeing, and swimming among the rugged landscape around the Chunky River.

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Ship Island was once a single island that was split into two land masses during a hurricane in 1969.

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Here you can find some fantastic beaches. The island is accessible by a 50-minute ferry ride.

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On the way, you can see Bottlenose Dolphins.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | June 25, 2019

Beautiful Jackson

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Jackson is the capital of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The Mississippi Freedom Trail runs throughout the state and includes historic sites which were significant in the Civil Rights Movement.

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The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science offers information about the state’s natural landscape and its inhabitants.

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There are wildlife exhibits and an aquarium with more than 200 species. Since the museum cares about preserving the nature of Mississippi there is an outdoor center as well. You can relax here and walk along the nature trails.

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The Old Capitol Museum has found its home in one of the most historic buildings in the state. This is a National Historic Landmark and has information about some of the most meaningful moments for both Mississippi and the entire nation. At this location the 1839 Married Women’s Property Act was passed, the 1868 and 1890 constitutions were drawn up here and Mississippi officially seceded from the Union here in 1861.

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The Mississippi Museum of Artis has many windows that let in natural light which illuminates inside. Some of the artwork found here are by American artists including Arthur B. Davies, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh, and Thomas Sully. You can enjoy relaxing on the patio and terrace.


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Visitors can watch a film that gives important background information and see the many exhibits.

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The Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is an impressive example of Greek Revival architecture from the 1840s. This is the second oldest continuously occupied governor’s residence in the country and a National Historic Landmark.

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The Russell C. Davis Planetarium is one of the top planetariums in the South. The dome features a digital cinema offering visitors a full-dome visual experience. Here you can learn all about astronomy, celestial navigation, and voyages through space. This is one of the largest facilities of its type in the country. It hosts film screenings, festivals, and fashion shows.

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The Mississippi Children’s Museum offers interesting and educational exhibits. Everyone can get hands-on experience with the interactive exhibits. There are also exhibits that are related to the culture and heritage of the state including its history and geography.

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The Oaks is a Mississippi landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest residence in the city of Jackson. It was built in 1853 in the Greek Revival style.

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The Jackson Zoo is home to 380 animals and 202 species.

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There are ten endangered species among them leopards, spider monkeys, chimps, hippos, and lemurs.

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For kids, there is a splash pad where they can play in the water every day.

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LeFleur’s Bluff State Park is a green and lush park that includes a nine-hole golf course and a driving range. You can enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing. LeFleur was a French-Canadian explorer who set up a trading post in the 1700s on the Pearl River.

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The city’s original French name was LeFleur’s Bluff. It is a great place to escape from the noise of the city.

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Fountainhead is also called the J. Willis Hughes House and was designed in the Usonian style by the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only four Wright homes in the state.

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The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum has interesting exhibits, memorials, and films that will take you from the end of the Civil war through the 1970s. Memorial include monoliths that are dedicated to lynching victims and multiple theaters show films about pivotal moments. There is information about the important role of the church in building community and stories about civil rights activists during the turbulent 1960s.

 

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | June 19, 2019

Natchez on the Mississippi River

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Our armchair travels have brought us to the U.S. state of Mississippi which is bordered by the state of Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east and west along with the state of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. The Mississippi Delta region is considered to be the birthplace of blues music.

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We begin with Natchez a city on the Mississippi River. It is known for its antebellum mansions and an old trade route, known as the Natchez Trace Parkway which is now a recreational road and scenic drive.

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The Auburn Museum & Historic Home is an antebellum mansion and listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is located in Duncan Park. The mansion was designed and built in 1812 in the Greek Revival style. It has an impressive two-story Greek portico and pedimented gable.

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Between the first and second floors is a magnificent unsupported geometrical spiral staircase. You can see antiques and period pieces on display.

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The Charboneau Distillery is a micro-brewery that is family-owned and operated. It produces many delicious rums. It is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Mississippi and produces both white and dark rums in small oak whiskey casks.

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The rum is bottled in distinctive bottles that show maps of the historic sugar cane growing territory along the lower Mississippi River. Guided tours are available.

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The Emerald Mound Site is an ancient archaeological site that dates back to the Plaquemine culture Mississippi period.

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It is also referred to as the Selsertown site. The historic mound is on the Natchez Trace Parkway and dated back to between 1200 and 1730 AD. It has a flat top with two smaller secondary mounds at each end. It is the second largest earthwork from the Pre-Columbian period in the country. It’s open to the public and listed as a National Historic Landmark.

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The Grand Village of the Natchez is a 128.1-acre site that includes an ancient indigenous village and earthwork mounds in south Natchez. It is also referred to as the Fatherland Site. This historic village dates back to about 1200 AD.

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It is named after the Natchez people who used the site in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is a National Historic Landmark and one of the top tourist attractions in the city. The museum has artifacts excavated from the site. You can see a reconstructed Natchez house, a picnic pavilion and many nature trails.

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Magnolia House is a lovely Greek Revival mansion and the last grand mansion built in downtown Natchez before the Civil War. It was established in 1858 by a wealthy merchant, planter, and cotton broker, Thomas Henderson and therefore is also known as the Henderson-Britton House. The house contains 19th-century antiques and an impressive collection of period costumes and vintage dolls. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are available.

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Monmouth Historic Inn & Gardens is a wonderfully restored historic antebellum house. Today it is a small luxury hotel with manicured gardens and grounds. A Greek Revival mansion, it is a National Historic Landmark. There are 30 rooms and suites, a restaurant, and an elegant lounge. Tours are available and there is a gift shop on the site.

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The Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture highlights the history of African Americans in the southern U.S. It was established in 1991. It is located in a former U.S. Post Office building dating back to 1904, There are many different displays that tell the story from the incorporations of Natchez through the present including slavery, the Civil War, the Reconstruction, 20th-century wars and the Civil Rights Era.

Natchez National Historic Park is a public park that commemorated the history of the city. It comprised three different sites – Fort Rosalie, the William Johnson House, and the Melrose Estate.

Fort Rosalie is the site of a former fortification later renamed Fort Panmure and controlled by Great Britain, Spain, and later the U.S.

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Rosalie Mansion is also known as “Our Lady on the Bluff’ and offers amazing views over the Mississippi River. It sits on the former site of Fort Rosalie. During the Civil War, it served as the regional headquarters for the Union troops. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are available.

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The William Johnson House was the home of the 19th-century African-American barber and Natchez resident William Johnson.

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The Melrose Estate was the estate of a lawyer, state senator, and planter named John T. McMurran.

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The Old South Winery is a family-owned and operated winery. There is a tasting room for visitors. It is owned by the Galbreath Family.

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The wines are produced with the finest muscadine grapes in Mississippi. The wines are red, white, and rose with varying sweetness as well as one blueberry wine.

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Stanton Hall is also known as Belfast House and is one of the largest antebellum mansions in the U.S. It was built in 1857 after cotton grower Frederick Stanton’s Irish ancestral home. The house is full of antique furniture. You can relax at the Carriage House Restaurant. This house inspired the famous Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

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Longwood is also known as “Nutt’s Folly”. It was built in 1858 with a large Byzantine-styled dome. It was built by Dr. Haller Nutt and is thought to be one of the largest octagonal houses in the U.S. The first floor is furnished with heirlooms and the second floor is said to be haunted by the ghost of Dr. Nutt.

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Natchez Trace Parkway is also known as “The Trace”  and is a tourist road that follows the line of the Natchez Trace which was an old historic route stretching for 444 miles from Natchez to Nashville, Tennessee. It was first mentioned in 1733 and was at its busiest between 1800 and 1820 when the crews of flatboats that had sailed down the Mississippi to Natchez returned home on foot or horseback. It is now designated as an “All-American Road” for its historic and scenic significance. It runs past the Emerald Mound. Other tourist attractions along the route include Mount Locust and the Chickasaw Village Site.

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A nice side trip is the small town of Port Gibson which offers many interesting attractions. There are many lovely pre-war antebellum houses.

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The First Presbyterian Church in Port Gibson features a unique gold-leaf hand on the steeple which points skyward.

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Port Gibson is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

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Traveling in Alabama

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The Alabama Wildlife Center in Pelham is the state’s largest and oldest wildlife rehabilitation facility. The center was founded in 1977 and since then has helped over 50,000 wild animals.

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There are nearly 2,000 wild birds from over 100 species being taken care of here annually. This non-profit organization provides rehabilitation and medical care for the orphaned and injured birds of the state so that they can return to the wild.

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The primary services here are a wildlife helpline, a native wild bird rehabilitation clinic, and educational programs.

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The construction of Fort Morgan at Gulf Shores began in 1819 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was completed in 1834 and seized by the troops of the State of Alabama on January 4, 1861. Then in 1895, a new fortification system was begun. The brick fort was replaced by reinforced concrete batteries to protect Mobile Bay.

For 23 years Fort Morgan was the state’s biggest permanent military base and during WW II 2,000 troops were stationed here. The fort was permanently abandoned in July 1944.

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Today it offers a variety of outdoor activities. There are beaches, nature trails, and a boat launch.

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You can see the Sand Island Lighthouse which is a decommissioned lighthouse at the southernmost point of Alabama, near Dauphin Island, at the mouth of Mobile Bay.

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Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore features over 400 varieties of camellias in the wintertime, azaleas in the spring, hydrangeas, roses, and tropical plants in the summer, and chrysanthemums in the autumn. The 10,500-square foot home was designed by Mobile architect George B. Rogers and built in 1935.

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The exterior has handmade brick and ironwork from the Southern Hotel and it was built to reflect the region’s architectural history.

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The Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn was founded by Dr. Milton in the mid-1970s. A raptor barn was built in the late 1970s through volunteer work and donations. Since its founding, this center has treated and released thousands of birds of prey into the wild.

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There is an educational unit that provides programs for civic groups, schools, and churches in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky.

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Alligator Alley in Summerdale is a farm that was established in 2004 and designed as a natural environment. The alligators that have found their home here have been rescued from places which presented a danger to them.

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Visitors can stroll on elevated viewing platforms from where they can see more than 450 alligators from babies to mature adults. You can also take a nature walk on the elevated boardwalk to see the animals in their natural habitat. Along the way, you can see turtles, ospreys, owls, and bullfrogs. At the gator station, you can hold baby alligators. There are feeding session three times daily and visitors can feed the alligators.

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The Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman is on the grounds of the only Benedictine Abbey in Alabama. It consists of more than 125 miniature reproductions of famous shrines, churches, and buildings all around the globe. This is known as ‘Jerusalem in Miniature” and is the life work of Brother Joseph Zoettl of St. Bernard Abbey. Born in Bavaria he arrived at the abbey in 1892.

Alabama Off the Beaten Path

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Turkey Creek Falls at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the southeast. It is located in Pinson and the heart of the preserve is Turkey Creek Falls.

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Barton’s Beach Cahaba River Preserve offers gravel/sand bars, swamps, and ponds. It is an important nesting area for turtles.

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Lovely Rainbow Falls at Dismals Canyon is a natural conservatory. Its main feature is Rainbow Falls which cascades down the canyon over weathered rocks.

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Natural Bridge is a 60 ft. high, 148 ft,. long rock bridge that spans several natural areas and is the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies.

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Beautiful Parker Falls in Parker Canyon is located in the Bankhead National Forest which is Alabama’s largest national forest.

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Turkey Foot Falls is located in the Sipsey Wilderness area of Bankhead National Forest and is one of the two major waterfalls.

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The other is Mize Mill Falls.

 

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Montgomery on the Alabama River

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Montgomery is the capital of Alabama. It is located in the center of the state on the east bank of the Alabama River. The city sits on seven hills overlooking the river.

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The Civil Rights Memorial commemorates all those who died during the Civil Rights Movement. Surrounding the memorial is a black granite wall with the words “until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream”. Below the wall is a black granite disc with water flowing over its surface and is engraved with the names of those who lost their lives fighting for civil rights.

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It is located in an open area next to the Civil Rights Memorial Center.

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There are a variety of exhibits and educational displays as well as the Wall of Tolerance, which displays the names of visitors who have pledged to work toward tolerance and justice. Visitors can add their names which are then digitally displayed on the wall.

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The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church was founded in 1877 on the site of a slave trader’s pen. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. served as pastor here from 1954 through 1960. A mural inside the church features Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s journey from Montgomery to Memphis.

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The King family lived in the nine-room parsonage during his time as the pastor and today this is the Dexter Parsonage Museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places with many of the original furnishings. The museum also has an interpretive center with photos, exhibits, and timelines discussing the Civil Rights Movement in the city.

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Behind the museum, you’ll find the King-Johns Garden for Reflection.

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The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is the only museum in the world that is dedicated to author F. Scott Fitzgerald who is best-known for this novel “The Great Gatsby” and his wife, Zelda, an icon of the 1920s and the founder and star of the “Flapper Movement”. She grew up in Montgomery.

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After traveling through Europe the couple moved to the brick and clapboard house in the Old Cloverdale neighborhood in 1931. Julian McPhillips bought the house in 1986 and turned it into a museum. You can see photos, letters, books, and personal possessions and memorabilia that once belonged to the Fitzgerald’s.

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The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts has a permanent collection of over 4,000 artworks. This is American art from the 1700s to the present. You can see drawings, watercolors, etchings, woodcuts, and engravings from such well-known American artists like Winslow Homer and John Marin.  There is also European art and African art. Among the highlights here are the decorative arts gallery and the Weil Atrium Gallery. The museum also plays host to traveling exhibits and educational programs.

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The John and Joyce-Caddell Sculpture Garden expands over 3 acres and works of art to admire surrounded by the beauty of nature. Nymph by Jessie Duncan Wiggin.

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The Rosa Parks Library and Museum is located near the site of Rosa Parks arrest after her legendary stand against segregation. Among the historic artifacts on display are the 1955 Montgomery city bus and one of the station wagons used by the boycotters during their movement to end segregation on public transportation. You can also see photos, court documents, and Rosa’s original fingerprint after her arrest. Visitors can learn about the social and political climate of the 1950s in the city and can hear the personal stories of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The museum hosts special events, educational programs, and traveling exhibit all through the year.

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The Hank Williams Museum commemorates one of country music’s famous stars. You can see an extensive collection of Hank William’s personal belongings

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among them his powder-blue 1952 Cadillac. Memorabilia also includes a variety of awards, sheet music, autographed vinyl records, and photos.

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There is also the Hank Williams Memorial at Oakwood Annex Cemetery which is the singer’s final resting place with his wife and other family members.

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Montgomery Zoo has a large variety of animals from all over the world.

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The Australian Habitat is home to animals like kangaroos and wallabies.

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Among the African animals are cheetahs, elephants, hippos, and giraffes. At the Asian Habitat, are the endangered Sumatran tiger and Indian rhino. The South American Exhibit has the emerald tree boa, Chilean flamingo, frogs, and the endangered golden lion tamarin. The North American area includes bald eagles, bison, and black bear. There is a petting zoo for children. Enjoy the birds at Parakeet Cove.

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Old Alabama Town is a series of over 50 historic homes and buildings that have been restored and are open to the public. They are all authentically furnished to represent life in 19th and early 20th century Alabama. Interpreters are available to answer questions.

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The centerpiece is the Ordeman House.

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Other impressive buildings are the 1895 Adams Chapel School,

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the 1892 Corner Grocery Store,

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and the Ware-Farley-Hood House built around 1850.

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The MOOseum is popular, especially with young children. Here visitors learn about the cattle industry in Alabama starting from 1495 to the present.

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Visitors learn from timelines, history exhibits, and video presentations. Kids have the chance to dress up as cowboys and cowgirls.

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The Freedom Riders Museum is housed in the former Montgomery Greyhound Station where history was made as the Freedom Riders got off their bus on May 20th, 1961. The station looks like it did back in 1961 and has a collection of exhibits about the movement including photos, documents, and biographies of the brave young men and women. This museum is an official stop on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail.

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Alabama State Capitol was built in the Greek Revival style after the original was destroyed in a fire in 1850. This historic building also served as the Capitol of the Confederacy during the Civil War and was the backdrop for one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s most famous speeches delivered at the end of the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights. It is a National Historic Landmark and a destination on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. You can tour the Senate and Old Supreme Court Chambers, the House of Representatives and the Rotunda. Among the highlights are the historic murals in the Rotunda and the Trompe l’oeil paintings on the Senate Chamber ceiling. Take the time to stroll the gardens and see the statues.

The State Archives and History Museum lets you explore the history of Alabama through artifacts and historic documents. There are Native American and pioneer artifacts and a selection of Civil war items. Multimedia presentations show various moments in Alabama history.

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The State Archives was founded in 1901 as the first state archival agency in the nation. The impressive building features marble walls and staircases of Tennessee gray marble and Alabama white marble. On the second floor, you’ll find a room that has been dedicated to former Vice President William Rufus King. It displays his personal furniture, silver, china, and some clothing. Documents let you take a look at this man and the period he lived in.

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The Legacy Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of racial injustice and bringing the many aspects of it to public awareness.

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The museum stands on the spot where thousands of slaves were once warehoused waiting for their fates to be decided.

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is just a 15-minute walk from the museum. This is the first memorial made in the memory of the African Americans who were affected by slavery, lynchings, and racial injustice. The memorial includes sculptures, monuments, and artwork, which honor major figures in the Civil Rights Movement. The most impressive is the field of 800 monuments that each represent a county where lynchings occurred and are engraved with the names of the known victims.  The monuments are waiting to be claimed by their respective counties to acknowledge a dark past that will lead to a brighter future.

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The First White House of the Confederacy is a lovely Italianate mansion which served the Jefferson Davis family in 1861. At that time Montgomery was the capital of the Confederacy and Jefferson Davis was the president. The house became the social center of the South. The house was built near the Alabama River and moved to its present location and opened to the public in 1921. You can see many of the Davis family personal possessions, furniture, and artworks. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Riverfront Park sits on the banks of the Alabama River surrounded by the Union Station Train Shed, Amphitheater, and the Harriott II Riverboat.

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It is a popular park that has a boat ramp for those who want to get out on the river, lovely paved hiking and biking trails, places for picnics, a children’s playground, baseball in Riverwalk Stadium, kayaking, fishing, and more. The Amphitheater hosts events like concerts and plays.

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To get to see the city and enjoy the surrounding area take a ride on the Harriott- II Riverboat. This is a restored 19th-century riverboat that offers rides including dinner, dancing, and live shows. The park is often the background for fireworks displays.

 

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Anniston Alabama

 

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Anniston is located in Calhoun County in Alabama. This city was involved in some of the country’s historic events. The U.S. Army set up training camps nearby during WW I and WW II and during the Civil Rights Movement, a life-changing event took place here. Anniston also offers many outdoor activities.

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Anniston Museum of Natural History began with artifacts and specimens that once belonged to H. Severn Regar. It was his private collection and now the museum has more than 2,000 natural history items and diorama-style exhibits. There are seven exhibit halls all with a different theme. Like the African Hall with a collection of more than 100 animals in natural settings or the Dynamic Earth Room with gemstones, rock formations, fossils, and dinosaurs. Among the highlights here are 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummies, a selection of open-air exhibits, and wildlife gardens.

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Anniston is the world record holder for the “World’s Largest Chair” which was built by Miller’s Office Furniture Store in 1981 to advertise the store. The chair is 31 feet tall and can withstand heavy winds of up to 85 miles per hour. It was constructed of ten tons of steel and can be seen from across the city.

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Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Preserve is named after the mountain longleaf pine tree forests that are scattered across the southern states. It is located on the site of Fort McClellan a former army base and forms part of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges. Here you can see the endangered white-fringeless orchid, Black-throated green warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, and Bachman’s sparrows.

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Oxford Lake is a popular recreational area just 5 miles south of Anniston. There are walking trails, picnic pavilions, and playgrounds. The park surrounding the lake is home to the oldest covered bridge in the state.

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Coldwater Covered Bridge is a historical landmark which dates back to 1850.

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Coldwater Mountain offers beautiful woodland and mountainous terrain that is great for mountain biking. It is located just outside of the city and it great for beginners and seasoned cyclists. If you’re not into mountain biking you can enjoy the amazing scenery and go hiking along the trails.

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If your into seeing and exploring something spooky take a look at Hell’s Gate Bridge located just outside of Oxford, Alabama. It is known as the “Most Haunted Bridge in Alabama”. According to legend a young couple in the 1950s were driving along and plunged off the bridge into the water below. Now when you stop on the bridge and turn your car light off at night, the young couple will get into your car to continue their journey.

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Berman Museum was started by an American GI, who was stationed in North Africa during WW II. He later married a French spy and in their travels, they collected weaponry, antiques, and more than 60,000 unusual items from all around the world. Among the artifacts are Hitler’s silver tea service, a bullet firing flute and a James Bond-style ink pen that can fire like a .22.

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Back in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, an African-American woman named Rosa Parks stood up for her tight not to give up her bus seat for a white passenger. The incident reverberated all across the U.S. and the Civil Rights Movement started. Then in 1961, the US Supreme Court voted that segregated public busses were “unconstitutional’. The southern state ignored the ruling and still enforced segregation. Then in May 1961, the KKK attacked a Greyhound Bus in Anniston with a firebomb. They held the door shut so that passengers could not escape. The world saw the “Burning Bus” and the citizens of the city were the most shocked. Soon this all became a thing of the past and today in the

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Freedom Rider’s Park you can see artwork, stories, and photos about how one event brought a city together.

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Zinn Park is located right in downtown Anniston. It is a wonderful place with pavilions, jogging, and walking paths and a fun splash pad for kids.

Martin Luther King Jr. Pavilion hosts a range of events and concerts all through the year.

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There is also a playground for children with disabilities.

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White Oak Vineyards are located in scenic rolling hills and offer a selection of French hybrid red and white wines, southern fruit, and Muscadine wines. Muscadine is a wine made from American grape varieties which have low sugar content. The sugar is added late and this becomes a great dessert wine. Visitors can sample the wines, buy bottles, and take a look at the juices, jellies, and jams at the farm shop.

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Longleaf Botanical Gardens are located next to the Anniston Museum of Natural History and Berman Museum. The gardens offer visitors tropical cascades and borders that are filled with many colored flowers and plants. There is a section for butterflies and hummingbirds and a garden with plants that are native to central Alabama.

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The Longleaf Nature Trail has more than 25 native tree species, shaded woodlands with fragrant azaleas and hydrangeas.

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Cheaha State Park sits at 2,407 feet above sea level. There are amazing views of lakes, mountains, and awesome sunsets.

 

If you arrive early you can have a buffet breakfast at Vista Cliffside Restaurant with panoramic valley views of Talladega National Forest.

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There are hiking and biking trails and you can head for the summit of Cheaha Mountain.

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There are a bunker tower and observation deck.

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Day tubing is a great thing to do on Choccolocco Creek. Just floating along seeing the scenery along the river banks drift by.

 

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