Paradise Gardens and the legacy of Howard Finster

The house at 200 Lewis Street in Summerville, Ga. fits in with all of the other frame houses on the street. But inside and behind that house is the story of a man who followed his own vision and in doing so, became something of a folk hero. Howard Finster”s idea for Paradise Gardens came … Continue reading Paradise Gardens and the legacy of Howard Finster

Explore Southern history in Rome, Georgia

Southern small towns are rich in history. Rome, Georgia has a plethora of stories from its beginnings as a manufacturing hub to its influence on a U.S. president. These stories are not just told in history books and online, they are depicted throughout the town in monuments and breathtakingly beautiful places. Two great starting points … Continue reading Explore Southern history in Rome, Georgia

Southern walks: Marble Mine Trail at Sloppy Floyd State Park

When I decided to take up hiking for health and recreation reasons, I knew I would start close to home. I have lived within 40 miles of James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Park in Chattooga County, Georgia most of my life. I thought about going there numerous times and checking it out. It was not until … Continue reading Southern walks: Marble Mine Trail at Sloppy Floyd State Park