When the Bell is Rung, Pigs will Fly

Gustav Dentzel pioneered the modern carousel in America in the 1860s. Many men followed his lead and the mystical carousel became the centerpiece for hundreds of amusement parks that began to spring up across the nation. The “golden age” of carousels lasted until the great depression when the economy began to decline. In the 1970’s… Read more »

Our Body: The Universe Within

Coming to Johnson City, Tennessee is a world-renowned exhibition that is all about the human body. This limited time, one of a kind display consists of actual human bodies and organs. “Our Body: The Universe Within” is at the Hands On! Museum now until August 2nd. Millions in select cities have seen this display across… Read more »

The Heart of Northeast Tennessee

Northeast Tennessee is a region characterized by small towns, rolling hills and rich history. Often referred to as Southern Appalachia, the entertaining attractions are literally limitless across the dynamic landscape. Festivals and numerous historic sites celebrate a strong folklore and frontier past. Voluminous mountains give way to spacious farmland that is solely interrupted by rural… Read more »

One Unique Tour

The snow has melted, temperatures have risen and things are starting to turn green in Northeast Tennessee. This is the time of year that is just right for outside activities- the weather is just right and snakes and bugs haven’t made their full return. There are a lot of outside activities in the region, but… Read more »

History is in Session!

In the 1920s, the hills of Northeast Tennessee were alive with the sound of country music. And when Ralph Peer headed to Bristol in 1927 to record authentic “hillbilly” artists, the future of this genre was changed for good.   Of course, country music had been recorded commercially for years, but the best artists in… Read more »

Barter Theatre

It’s Not Just Theatre…It’s Barter! With a rich history spanning eight decades, Barter Theatre still draws patrons from around the globe every day to Abingdon to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia, helps visitors make memories through its talented cast of resident actors in shows ranging from comedies to… Read more »

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site & National Cemetery

The picturesque setting of Greeneville, Tennessee frames the life of the 17th president, Andrew Johnson. His arrival to town in 1826 as a humble tailor launched his unexpected political career.  The National Park Service preserves artifacts of Johnson’s life including Johnson’s original Tailor shop. Andrew’s business became the local gathering place for political talk, shaping… Read more »

Ripley’s Star-Studded Summer

It’s tough to find a more family-friendly destination than Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. With penguins, stingrays, overnight summer camps and the return of the Live Mermaids, your kids will be the envy of every “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation” presentation on the first day of school this fall.   From the Tropical… Read more »

Historical Hale Springs Inn

These days, Mother’s Day is celebrated with macaroni necklaces, handpicked flowers, homemade cards and—if Mom is lucky—something sparkly and the day off from doing the laundry. It’s a time to show gratitude to the maternal figures in your life.   Throughout the world and over thousands of years, there have been many celebrations of motherhood…. Read more »