The Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury, North Carolina, is just one of the many food and drink festivals taking place this spring in the American South.

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Ten of the South's Most Mouth-Watering Festivals

From Vidalia onions to beer cheese, the American South has culinary celebrations covered

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See When Fall Foliage Will Peak With This Interactive Map

County-by-county predictions reveal when to catch the most brilliant autumnal colors

The worn hands and nubby fingernails of Bentonia, Mississippi, bluesman Jimmy "Duck" Holmes reflect his years of experience. Holmes is one of the last bluesmen who play a style known as Bentonia blues.

At an Old Juke Joint in Mississippi, the Blues Are Alive

Jimmy Holmes is the last in a line of music legends as he seeks to keep a singular American art form thriving

Mary Lee Bendolph, Blocks and Strips, 2002

National Gallery of Art Adds 40 Works by Black Southern Artists to Its Collections

The "milestone" acquisition includes works by the Gee's Bend quilters, Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe and James "Son Ford" Thomas

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Best Spots to Explore Along the Great Calusa Blueway

Photographer, Ben Hicks, takes a journey along the stunning waters of Matlacha Pass and Bunche Beach Preserve

Gardens alongside the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace became archaeological sites where Girl Scouts discovered handmade nails and a shard of pottery.

Girl Scouts Join Archaeological Dig at Birthplace of Organization's Founder

The 200-year-old house, where Juliette Gordon Low was born in 1860, is undergoing renovations to increase its accessibility

A Dixie Highway marker on Georgia State Route 3

Parts of Florida Highway Honoring the Confederacy Will Be Renamed in Honor of Harriet Tubman

Miami-Dade County commissioners unanimously approved plans to rename local stretches of Dixie Highway

Blue Hole Regional Park, just south of Austin, Texas, is sought after for its canopy of bald cypress trees and its two rope swings.

The Sublime Sensation of the Swimming Hole

Kick off your shoes and jump into summer's most refreshing tradition on a lazy afternoon

The Baker Hotel’s lobby was one of the most magnificent in the nation, but after years of decay it has been left in a moldy and derelict state.

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These Photographers Venture Into Derelict Buildings in Texas So That We Don't Have To

In a new book, Shane and Jessica Steeves capture some of the state's abandoned churches, schools and hotels

The Cheerwine Festival in Salisbury, North Carolina, is just one of the many food and drink festivals taking place this spring in the American South.

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Ten of the South’s Most Mouth-Watering Food Festivals

From Vidalia onions to beer cheese, the American South has culinary celebrations covered

Decommissioned oil rigs attract both sea life and scuba divers.

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The Gulf of Mexico’s Hottest Diving Spots Are Decommissioned Oil Rigs

These artificial reefs are proving to be prime habitats for a plethora of sea creatures

A Florida manatee winters in the warm waters of Crystal River.

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There's Only One Place in the United States Where It's Legal to Swim With Wild Manatees

In Citrus County, Florida, hundreds of the gentle giants winter in the warm waters of Crystal River

Family photographs decorate the master bedroom in the home of Civil Rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers.

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Home of Civil Rights Hero Medgar Evers Is Now a National Monument

Before his assassination in 1963, Evers led civil rights demonstrations and investigated racial violence in Mississippi

The new designs call for the reopening of a long shuttered underground passageway that connects the garden to the museum plaza, as well as plans for a new area for large-scale contemporary works, performance spaces and intimate settings for the museum’s masterpiece collections.

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Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden to Undergo First Redesign in More Than 40 Years

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s design provides easier access from the National Mall and space for larger installations

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Peek Inside the Workshop Where Mardi Gras Floats Are Made

Mardi Gras World in New Orleans offers tours of its whimsical warehouse, where visitors can see floats being constructed all year round

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Houston's Rothko Chapel Casts a New Light

When the meditative space reopens, a new skylight will filter the right amount of light on the 14 canvasses installed in the artist's octagonal masterpiece

Names smoked into the ceiling date back to the 1800s

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Enslaved Tour Guide Stephen Bishop Made Mammoth Cave the Must-See Destination It Is Today

In the 1830s and '40s, the pioneering spelunker mapped out many of the underground system's most popular spots

A section of the 18,000-square-foot Cyclorama depicts a pivotal moment: Lt Edward Jones, on horseback, racing to 
reinforce the Federal line.

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Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Again

One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restored

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New National Monument in Kentucky Honors Black Civil War Troops

Over 10,000 African-American troops mustered at Camp Nelson, which also offered refuge for their enslaved wives and children

A plan for the Virginia women's monument

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New Virginia Monument Will Pay Tribute to Hundreds of Historic Women

The monument features 12 bronze statues and a wall etched with 400 additional names of women who played an important role in shaping Virginia's history

The first frozen margarita machine is in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita

A Dallas restaurant owner blended tequila, ice and automation. America has been hungover ever since

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Brush up on Your Scuba Certification—This Florida Museum Is Entirely Underwater

The Underwater Museum of Art will permanently exhibit seven sculptures in the Gulf coastal waters off Walton County, Florida

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This Is the Best Place in North America to See Synchronous Fireflies

Congaree National Park is accessible and doesn’t have a lottery system

"MonstroCity," the outdoor section of St. Louis' City Museum

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A Look Inside an Iconically Quirky St. Louis Museum

A veritable playhouse of salvaged materials and crafted objects, the City Museum has entertained the young and young at heart for two decades

A witness tree on Stuart's Hill loop trail in Manassas National Battlefield Park

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These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's History

These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country's tragic past

The original name proposed had been “Frankland,” but the counties changed it to Franklin in an attempt to get Benjamin Franklin on their side. No luck, alas.

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The True Story of the Short-Lived State of Franklin

Several counties in what is today Tennessee tried to form their own independent state

Wearing white with a white headscarf to St. John's Eve is an important part of the celebration.

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Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau Created New Orleans’ Midsummer Festival

Mardi Gras may be the city's biggest party, but St. John's Eve is its most important religious festival

The historical marker in Enterprise, Alabama describing the significance of the statue.

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Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American History

The boll weevil decimated the South's cotton industry, but the city of Enterprise found prosperity instead

The new sea turtle tanks have one-way glass to minimize visitor impact on the animals.

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A State-of-the-Art Sea Turtle Hospital Welcomes Patients and Visitors in South Carolina

The South Carolina Aquarium invites tourists to visit their reptilian patients, watch surgeries and even conduct mock operations using VR

You'll have a tail to tell after visiting this North Carolina museum.

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North Carolina Has a House Cat Museum

You’ll want to paws for this roadside attraction

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Each Spring, the World's Punniest Humans Head to Texas

The 40th Annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships comes to Austin in May

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This Virginia Winery Once Housed One of WWII's Most Important Spy Stations

Speakeasies are so 2012—this place has actual secrets

Spring in the gardens.

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The Southern Romance of the Nation's Oldest Public Garden

Three centuries of beauty and history are on display at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

House and Cedar-Lined Walk in Mist, October 2003

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Get Lost in the Landscape that Inspired William Faulkner’s Greatest Novels

A new book of photography brings the late author's Mississippi homestead to life

One of Johnny Cash's last cars, whose design was inspired by the song "One Piece at a Time."

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Explore Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Ranch-Turned Museum

Complete with a car built “one piece at a time”

George Washington seems to be crying as he stares at FDR.

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How 43 Giant, Crumbling Presidential Heads Ended Up in a Virginia Field

After an ambitious monument went bust, big dreams—and big heads—remain

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A Phone Booth Was Just Put on the National Register of Historic Places

Save your change for a telephonic trip to Prairie Grove, Arkansas

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The Twisted History of the Gateway Arch

With its origins as a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's vision of Western Expansion, the Arch has become a St. Louis icon

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The Oldest City in the United States

St. Augustine, Florida, was the first city founded by European settlers in North America

More exotic items are kept on permanent display.

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The Nation’s Stash of Lost Luggage Finds a New Life in This Alabama Town

Buy yourself a new wardrobe, iPad or other oddities at the Unclaimed Baggage Center

For Twain, the “magnificent Mississippi, rolling its mile-wide tide” was the stuff of dreams (the St. Louis waterfront today).

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How the Mississippi River Made Mark Twain… And Vice Versa

No novelist captured the muddy waterway and its people like the creator of Huckleberry Finn, as a journey along the river makes clear