From the pulpit to the palette: 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 when he “saw” a “face” in some white paint that … Continue reading From the pulpit to the palette: Paradise Gardens and the legacy of Howard Finster

Walk with us: Manning Mill Park in Adairsville, Ga.

Address: 163 Manning Mill Road. If you are coming from Cartersville on U.S. 41, make a right turn onto Manning Mill at Camille’s Corner convenience store. Make a left turn if you are coming from Calhoun.  A view of the lake at Manning Mill Park. The basics: The trail is 1.4 miles long and takes you past a lake. There are two paths that will … Continue reading Walk with us: Manning Mill Park in Adairsville, Ga.

The little town that built a president

For some the idyllic Southern childhood was a front porch and the smell of Sunday dinner from the stove. By those standards the 39th president of the United States had that charmed childhood. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Park has preserved Carter’s story from his life growing up on a farm just outside of downtown Plains, Ga. to his rise to the White House. You … Continue reading The little town that built a president

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 for beginning your tour are Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism … Continue reading Explore Southern history in Rome, Georgia

Southern hiking: 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 it seemed as if everyone was discovering this hidden gem … Continue reading Southern hiking: Marble Mine Trail at Sloppy Floyd State Park