Oct 152019
 

Tucked away on a narrow two-lane road in Sandwich, Massachusetts we discovered the wonderful Heritage Museum and Gardens, a combination art museum, old car museum, museum of New England history, and delightfully landscaped gardens. This place was a real hidden gem! Founded in 1969, the 100+ acre museum complex is southern New England’s largest public […]

From Pinkos To Flakes

 Posted by at 12:46 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 202019
 

In my blog a week ago today titled A Couple Of Pinkos, I shared with you that Terry and I both got sunburns while we were down at our community swimming pool. I am a fair skinned, blue-eyed guy and I have always sunburned very easily, and some of them have been horrendous. This one […]

Jul 252019
 

Note: This story if from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. Just outside of Mount Airy, North Carolina, we discovered the final resting place of two of history’s most famous medical oddities, Eng and Chang Bunker, known to most people as the Siamese Twins. Born near what is now Bangkok, Thailand (then […]

Mobile Medical Museum

 Posted by at 12:43 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 212019
 

Mobile, Alabama has a long and colorful history. The first Europeans to visit the area were Spanish explorers who came to Mobile Bay as early as 1500. Hernando de Soto clashed with the local Indians in 1540, burning their town of Maubila, from which we get the name Mobile. For the next century the Spaniards […]

Jun 192019
 

Just a few miles from busy State Route 99 in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley is a reminder of the hopes and dreams that helped build our nation, and of a man whose life story is one of perseverance and proof that where we start out in life has nothing to do with […]

Cades Cove

 Posted by at 12:12 am  Nick's Blog
May 242019
 

Located on the eastern edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, Tennessee is a time capsule from the past, offering the opportunity to glimpse a time when people carved a life out of the very land they lived upon. Cades Cove was originally known as “Kate’s Cove” after a Cherokee Indian chief’s wife. […]

May 182019
 

Theirs was a love that could never be. A passion that had to be hidden from the cultural mores of the time. But even death could not deny them their devotion to each other. The proof lives on in a simple tombstone in Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery. Virginia native William Ashley arrived in Tampa in 1837 […]

Apr 212019
 

I have been a gun guy and a history buff for all my life, and over the years I have owned more guns than I can count. My first gun was an old Stevens Favorite trapdoor single shot .22 rifle I got when I was about eight years old. I got my first handgun, a […]

Feb 262019
 

The mid-1850s was a period of rapid growth in America. The railroads were pushing west and opening up huge new territories, and millions of people were flocking to this wonderful new land of milk and honey they had heard about back in Europe, lured by the promise of free land and a bright future for […]