Museums

There’s a Presidential detective story waiting at Madison’s Montpelier

Proceeding through the gates along the scenic driveway leading to Montpelier the unsuspecting traveler may not be fully prepared for what awaits. James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier in Montpelier Station, Virginia Montpelier was the lifelong home of James Madison. However, as his home stands today Montpelier is more than a former president's house.  It's a multifaceted educational opportunity. Madison is best known as the father of the United…
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North Carolina Museum of Art; where art and nature combine

  The North Carolina Museum of Art is an amazing treasure in the Heart of Carolina. Located in Raleigh it is one of a small group of museums that combines nature with major collections of art. With over three miles of trails winding throughout the Museum Park the NCMA creates a collage of art and nature in a most unique setting. The NCMA is set to dedicate the…
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Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo; a tiny home for the “King of Rock n Roll”

The two-room house where Elvis Presley was born January 8, 1935 I can only imagine how bitter-sweet that winter day was in 1935. As I stand in the tiny front room of the two-room house where Elvis Presley was born the reality of how poor his family was is palpable. Elvis was born in the front room. His identical twin…
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The North Carolina Museum of Art – an unexpected treasure in the Heart of Carolina

Paris, France, Florence, Italy – these are cities one typically thinks of when talking about art capitals of the world. Imagine my surprise when I discovered much of the world's art can be seen in Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina Museum of Art is one of the great cultural secrets of this southern capital city.   The museum started in 1947 with the initial acquisition of 139…
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Battleship North Carolina by day – Ghost Ship by night

Battleship North Carolina ~ PullOverandLetMeOut The USS North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during WWII, earning 15 battle stars. The USS North Carolina was designed to carry 1,800 men, but by the end f the war was home to over 2,300 The crew slept in metal bunks stacked five tiers high The Battleship could carry 120 days of food…
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Surratt House and Museum; home of the first woman executed by the US government

Have you ever visited a place and for some reason it stayed with you? I'm not talking about fond memories. I'm talking about a feeling you had while visiting. A feeling that enveloped you and for whatever reason when you think about it you remember those emotions. Mary Surratt's home in Clinton, Maryland is such a place for me. Mary Surratt was convicted of conspiring with John Wilkes…
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