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Letter from the Editor What makes the World go ‘round ? If I was asked what makes the world go ’round, I’d have to say music instead of love. Play a nostalgic melody from the past and it will take you down memory lane to specific places and with special people in your life. Most couples claim a certain song to be their own, with lyrics to match feelings or situations. Try watching a movie without any music. Eat in a lively restaurant without music. Visit a carnival and try to ride the carousel when there is no music. What would our world be without concerts? Regardless of style, there is sure to be a type of music for everyone. I’ve noticed many of our destinations or activities covered in this publication are centered around music. While Nashville is considered “Music U.S.A.” and the home of country music, there are many other cities that have contributed to our musical world. Memphis is known for jazz and

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blues with several festivals centered around the theme. As you already well know, one of our greatest contributing artist of all time lived in Memphis. Be sure to read our feature cover story starting on page 5. With plenty of winter activities suggested, Madison, Wisconsin takes us outdoors to play in the snow on page 8. If you prefer to stay indoors where it’s nice and warm, perhaps a bit of history studies in Virginia will do the trick. Or we can all venture north to Pennsylvania for a fun game of Russion Roulette! Whatever your interest, there is sure to be something new to do, or place to visit or someone to see in our winter issue of The Weekender Extended. So bundle up and let’s go exploring...

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Secrets - Tampa, FL Play in the Snow - Madison, WI Ride the Train / Nelsonville, OH Visit World’s Largest Crab, OH Escape / Cedar Falls, OH

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By Kathy Barnett Managing Editor

I feel it’s safe to say no other artist comes anywhere close to being impersonated more than Elvis Presley. Google the name “Elvis Presley” and over 16 million references will pop up for review. From the official web site, to biographies, to song titles, everyone knows who Elvis was - and is. Tributes to his memory are endless. When visiting Graceland in Memphis, Tn., you will find the building displaying the awards presented “since” his death is a larger collection and much more impressive than those received before his death in 1977. Career mementos, jewelry, photographs, and other Elvis memorabilia are on exhibit in outer buildings. While the 14-acre estate is open year-round, visits increase to celebrate his birthday on Jan. 8, 1935, and death on Aug. 16, 1977. It’s hard to think of him as being 75 years old. Upon entering the front door of Graceland and peaking into the living room, It’s also hard to think of Elvis being gone. Great pains have been taken to keep the home preserved just as it was when he lived there. The posh living room still glistens with mirrored walls while stained glass peacocks stand watch from the divider doorway to the piano room. The reality of a more than 30 year time lapse hits while viewing the white television with a semi-oval screen. No computers, Wi-fi, or flat screens are found here. Continued on Page 10 Winter, 2010

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Places to Go... The original vision of founders Robert and Daryl Davis, Seaside is the heart of Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast along the scenic Highway 30A corridor. Beautiful, unique residences and guest houses blend seamlessly with pristine beaches overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Gulf Of Mexico. Seaside is designed to reflect a simpler time, when meals were shared, stories entertained and walking was how people got around. Seaside is not a vacation development. It is a vibrant and evolving community of both yearround residents and seasonal guests united in the belief that life is enhanced when people interact, learn and share through experience. The diverse collection of shops and restaurants, coupled with year-round cultural events and festivals, enhance the Seaside experience and make it the focal point for the entire 30A area. And the world has taken notice as Travel & Leisure mag-

Destin, Florida azine named Seaside in its 100 Greatest Trips issue in 2009. Whether you're looking for a holiday destination or a place to call home, Seaside is a must experience for anyone in search of a better way to live. Some of the activities planned for March are: • Ice Cream Dream Kids Party! Supervised evening of ice cream bowl painting plus a make-your-own sundae party. Just $40 per child for 2 hours of painting, scooping fun! Ages 5-12, please reserve at 850-231-3211. Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 6-8 p.m. • Pizza & Pottery Kid’s Party! Kids paint a wacky pizza plate! Cheaper than a babysitter at just $40 per child for 2 hours of supervised fun painting and hot, fresh cheese pizza from "Pizza By The Sea." Ages 5-12, please reserve at 850-231-3211 for all the fun! Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 6-8 p.m. • "First Friday" ArtWalk Enjoy live music, view beautiful works of art and artist demonstrations at the galleries and shops of Ruskin Place and at select locations in Central Square. Free of Charge. Friday, March 5, 5-8PM Central Square & Ruskin Place • Bud & Alley's Live Music Weekends in the Herb Garden. March 12 & 13: Kyle Parker & Easthill Band / March 19 & 20: The Wes Loper Band / March 26 & 27: Cadillac Willy. 8 p.m. - Midnight • Stories by the Sea Join the Seaside Repertory Theatre for a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages. Weekdays. At the Lyceum Gateway Arch in Central Square March 15-31, 2010 4 p.m. For more information vist or

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Top Ten Tucked away inside the deep crevices of Tampa Bay lie some of the area’s best-kept secrets that every visitor should experience. The 10 things you’ve never heard of in Tampa Bay are among the Bay area’s most thrilling attractions.

The 258 acres of native mangroves intertwined with waterways leading to an additional 200 acres of mangrove swamp reserved for wildlife, provides a scenic and relaxing environment for recreation activities to be enjoyed by all age groups. The park offers picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing and facilities for overnight camping. 6. Keel & Curley Winery – Stroll onto the gorgeous gardens and blueberry farms of the Keel & Curley Winery to relish in tastings of the assorted blueberry, fruit fusion, and grape wines. Be sure to try the blueberry wine, where the blueberries are hand picked, fermented and bottled right on Keel Farms. Visitors can also enjoy a tour, wine tastings, music, food and more. 5. Dinosaur World – Venture into an outdoor dinosaur museum with over 150 life-size dinosaur replicas where visitors can dig for authentic fossils to take home, uncover dinosaurs at an excavation site, watch educational films, enjoy a subterranean picnic, browse the gift shop, while enjoying the incredible Tampa Bay weather. 4. Skipper’s Smokehouse – The casual Key West atmosphere, Floribbean menu featuring their award-winning black bean gator chili, and live music from their own amphitheater has made Skipper’s Smokehouse the perfect gathering spot for locals and outof-town guests to sit back and

enjoy each other’s company. 3. Alligator Bob’s Ecotours – Take interpretive walks on Florida’s pristine coastal and freshwater wetlands, hardwood hammocks and flat pinewood forest located on private and public conservation lands where opportunities abound to observe many rare and beautiful plants, birds and wildlife. Guests can also paddle nearby river systems to see alligators, otters, turtles and Florida wading and shoreline birds in their natural habitat. 2. Hyde Park Hotel – This 24room boutique hotel open seven nights a week, has something to offer everyone – guest or resident. Lounge, bistro café, sports coverage and live entertainment are among the amenities beyond the hotel stay. 1. Gus’ Crabby Adventures – Experience environmental education, adventure and romance on Tampa Bay with Gus Muench, a 31-year veteran blue crab commercial fisherman. Enjoy a four-hour adventure on a real crab boat, while learning how to pull and bait crab traps; catch, clean, steam and eat stone crabs and blue crabs.


10. Gorilla Theatre – Take a seat inside the living theatre for thinking minds. This intimate, welcoming theatre sitting in its current location for the past 14 years provides audience members with the opportunity to view artful performances and compelling plays, while savoring gourmet coffee or flavorful wine. 9. Dallas Bull – Slip on your boots and western wear for an evening of line dancing, darts, pool tables, concerts, liquor store and much more. The Dallas Bull’s new 34,000 square foot barn is the hotspot where country comes to play. 8. Qzar- Suit up with a sensor vest and laser gun and take your position in the pulsating 5,000 square foot high-tech arena for an intense game of laser tag. Before jumping into another match, revitalize with food and drinks. 7. E.G. Simmons County Park – Page 7

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Now that Tampa has uncovered these hidden treasures of the Bay, people have more reasons to visit Tampa, than ever before. For more information contact Lindsey Guthrie for Tampa Bay & Company at or 813-342-4058. Winter, 2010

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Play Outdoors If you're a fan of crosscountry ski racing, winter sports in general or just like a good time, mark February 13-15 on your calendar. The fifth annual Madison Winter Festival will create a winter showcase expected to attract as many as 60,000 participants and spectators to the downtown Madison, Wisconsin area.


inety truckloads of snow will transform the inside

lanes of Capitol Square into a race and recreational venue while side streets feature family oriented activities such as snow and ice sculpting, sledding hill rides, winter theme museum tours, snowshoeing, disabled sit ski programming and many other events that winter lovers can participate in. Partnering with Madison’s "Fit City" program, the Madison Winter Festival will provide an opportunity for kids to learn how to cross country ski. A Frosty Five kilometer run and walk event starts and finishes near the steps of the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday while another series of cross country ski races around the Capitol Square will be ongoing Saturday and Sunday. Not into the racing? There is a multitude of other Page 08

outdoor activities planned. Tubing is a fun winter activity for kids and adults of all ages. Climb to the top, jump on the specially-designed tube and slide your way to the bottom. Grab your tube and go again! Meet your friends for a day of fun and tubing excitement at the tubing hill located at Martin Luther King Blvd. This event is actually FREE and open to the public. Or join in the fun at the ice-sculpting contest or try your skills through the Snow Bike obstacle course at Trek Stores tent.

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Haven’t tried snowshoeing before? Want to test out those new skis you’ve been hearing so much about? Be sure to be there in time for the Equipment Demo on Saturday morning and early afternoon. If you are an outdoor enthusiast and looking for a weekend of family fun and excitement, the Winter Outdoor Expo along with Madison Winter Festival is the place to be. For a complete schedule, directions, or other details, visit online at When visiting the festival or other winter events taking place at the Alliant Energy Center, make plans to stay at the Clarion Suites Central Hotel, ideally located just minutes from downtown Madison and the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. This charming, all-suite facility is adjacent to the Exhibition Hall of the Alliant Energy Center campus, which is also home to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. If the weather is bad, it doesn’t matter. Just walk down the isleway to the center, never leaving the indoors. Nevertheless, it is also near the Madison Chain of Lakes and less than one mile from Madison's bike trails, a perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the sururtesy of Photos Co ntral Hotel rounding area. Lake Monona s Ce rion Suite day at la C and Olin Park are both within rvations to e s re r u o i103 Book y m/hotel/w o walking distance from the hotel. c l. te o h clarion -284-1234 Be sure to take advantage of or call 608 full-service amenities including a free full hot breakfast buffet served daily. What a way to start your day! Free wired and wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel and free airport transportation is a plus for business travelors. There is also a free evening social hour, a great place to unwind and meet new acquaintances after a busy day. Or you may prefer a refreshing dip in the indoor pool or spa tub. Back in your room, the view is breathtaking. All suites are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, DVD players, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and hair dryers. So whether its business or pleasure, book your next Madison stay at Clarion Suites Central. Page 08

Madison RV/ Camper Show Feb. 5 - 10 a.m-9 p.m.Alliant Energy Center - Exhibition Hall. Admission: $8 adults, youth free. Over 1 mile of RV's and camping equipment on display from Madison and Dane County Merchants. Explore and compare the various styles of RV's for those who want all the conveniences, to those who are just weekenders. Register to win 3 grand prizes and you don't have to be present to win! Bike-O-Rama Bicycle Sale March 12-14 - Arena at Alliant Energy Center. Admission: FREE! Comparison shop, test ride, accessorize, and buy from all 2010 bicycle brands in one place! This is the 17th year the Arena Building comes alive with thousands of new bicycles! Canoecopia March 12-14 Exhibition Hall at Alliant Energy Center. A large canoe sales event hosted by Rutabega, more info coming soon! http://www.rutabaga .com/canoecopia Winter, 2010

Memphis.....Continued from page 5 To help visitors appreciate the history of the house and Elvis' life at Graceland, a digital audio tour features the voices of daughter Lisa Marie and Elvis himself. Spend as much time as you wish viewing the music room, Elvis' parents' bedroom, the dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room, and jungle den in the main house. Also open are Elvis’ racquetball court and original business office behind Graceland Mansion. The tour finishes in the Meditation Garden south of the swimming pool where Elvis and members of his family are buried. Make sure you reserve a whole day to visit the Graceland area because across the street is Graceland Plaza and Graceland Crossing which offers more museum-style Elvis collections including his two jets. Climb aboard the 1958 Convair 880, which was purchased in 1975 and named “Lisa Marie” after his daughter. Elvis spent more than $800,000 on remodeling the jet to include a conference room, sitting room, living room and bedroom. The '68 Special Exhibit at Graceland Crossing offers a look at this historic television event through videos, photos and displays of artifacts from the special. The displays include some of the outfits Elvis wore during the '68 Special, a script and a timeline of significant historical events occurring in the U.S. at that time. Specialty shops offer souvenirs and other memorabilia. Some items and recordings are only available at this location. You don’t even have to leave the area when it’s time to eat. Enjoy the ever popular peanut butter and banana sandwich at the fifties-style Rockabilly’s Diner or the Chrome Grille offers Southern-style plate lunches and world-famous Memphis barbecue in an automotive-themed atmosphere. Shake, Split & Dip is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor where you can enjoy ice cream specialties on a warm Memphis day. This shop is only open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Once you are done visiting Graceland, check out some of our other great Memphis-area attractions, such as Sun Records where the legend actually began. Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis got their start at Sun Records. Page 10

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Founded in 1952, Sam Phillips launched what became known as a label that treated the local artist with respect and honesty. He had the reputation of providing a non-critical space which invited creativity and vision for the artist. Sam welcomed many different styles of music from gospel, to blues or country, to boogie or jazz. He recorded them all. Then in 1954, he met Elvis. Rockabilly became a major part of the Sun Sound by adding drums, that are so vital to jazz and blues, to the standard country sound. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., tours are given every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Free shuttle transportation is available from and back to Graceland. Again, this is a great place to shop for gifts or souvenirs to take home. Only a block away from the famous Beale Street is the Gibson guitar retail shop and factory. Take a 45minute walking tour through the workshop, where solid blocks of wood are transformed into legendary Gibson guitars. Children under five are not admitted. This side trip is a great educational experience for anyone interested in the musical sounds of a guitar. A weekend in Memphis isn’t complete without spending at least one evening taking in the sights and sounds of Beale Street where there are numerous choices for nightclubs featuring live entertainment. More than 25 clubs and shops line the street, such as B B King Blues Club, Alfreds, Club 152 (3 dance floors), The Plush Club and the New Daisy Theatre. If you are a country fan, be sure to check out the Double Deuce located on the corner of Fourth St. and Beale Street. It offers a full bar, pub grub, live music, dancing, and even a mechanical bull. It is only fitting that the Home of the Blues is also home to the annual International Blues Challenge. Presented by The Blues Foundation, the International Blues Challenge is the world's largest gathering of blues bands. Held in Jan. or Feb. each year, check schedules for more information at The Beale Street Music Festival will feature more than 60 acts on four stages starting April 30. Celebrating its 34th anniversary it will kick off the Memphis in May festival. Playing host to more than 100,000 fans during the 3-day event, be sure to make lodging reservations early. For more information, visit Winter, 2010

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Things Ride the Free Train to Do: By Rebecca McFarlin, Assistant Editor

Nelsonville, Ohio – After a record-breaking year hauling more than 35,000 passengers in 2009, the Hocking Valley volunteers wanted to give back. To do this, the railway will run several special free and discounted trains in 2010. Every weekend from May to October, the locomotive whistle blasts, the train eases out of the station and a trip back into time begins. While every train trip on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway differs, one thing never changes. All the trains are operated by volunteers. It’s been that way since the non-profit railway started more than 35 years ago. Running the railway is a labor of love for its volunteers. A diverse group from all walks of life, they share one goal — to preserve, restore and operate historic railroad equipment. Earl is a soft-spoken, longretired railroad engineer who’s been running trains all his life from steam to diesel. He’s just as likely to be found in the engine house fixing a locomotive as he is running the train. Kurt leaves his car wash behind to assist train passengers and share a few jokes, whenever his busy work schedule permits. Bill was a police officer but now gives orders as one of the railway’s conductors. Dave is a

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car salesman who collects and models trains in his spare time. His love of trains and people brings him to the railway on many weekends. Memorial Day Train-05/31 Any veteran or current member of the armed forces is invited to ride for free on the 1:30 pm train on Memorial Day. Immediate family members living with them ride for free too.

departing at noon or 2:30 p.m. To take advantage of either offer, call to reserve a seat on the train and show your military ID or DD214 at the depot when picking up tickets. Cure Cancer Train (October 2) Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking a train ride for a cure on Saturday, October 2. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society in honor of Patricia Ann Parsons-Mills. After battling cancer for more than 10 years, she died on last year. Patricia was active in Operation Lifesaver along with her husband, Don, a long-time member of the railway. Last year, the train raised over $1500. The ride departs at 6 pm. Tickets are $12 a person.

Weekday School Trains Enrich learning with a historic train ride that’s fun and educational for students. Trains may be scheduled “We were looking for a special during the week for school chilway to thank our military,” explains Sue Hebner, the market- dren (preschool - middle school age) or groups with special needs ing volunteer for the railway. at greatly reduced rates. “Many of our volunteers are vetTo learn more, visit www.hockerans. Everyone loved the idea of doing a free train for these unsung, leave a message at 800-967-7834 or call the heroes.” depot on the weekend at 740-753Can’t ride on Memorial Day? 9531. The volunteers of the Veterans, current military and Hocking Valley Scenic Railway their families receive a discount are looking forward to your visit. all year long on any regular train

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B&Bs With Underground Railroad Ties

Enjoy a bit of history when traveling? Commemorate Martin Luther King’s Birthday and Black History Month by staying in places where slaves were welcomed.

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hroughout January and February, Americans celebrate the history and accomplishments of AfricanAmericans with Martin Luther King’s birthday in January and Black History Month in February. In recognition, describes B&Bs that were once “conductors” or “stations” on what came to be known as the Underground Railroad. Relive history with a stay at one of these historic member inns, listed below, alphabetically by state. • Amelia Island Williams House, Fernandina Beach, FL: According to family stories, Marcellus A. Williams bought this home in 1859, allowing escaped slaves following the Underground Railroad to use his home as a haven during their journey to freedom. Built in 1856, this mansion included a trap door in the dinPage 18

ing room closet, offering access to a secret room where slaves could hide. • Mason House Innof Bentonsport, Bentonsport, IA: During the Civil War, the Mason House was used as a "holding hospital" for wounded soldiers awaiting transport by train or boat to the hospital in nearby Keokuk. It was also a station on the Underground Railroad. Contemporary accounts describe delivering food at night to the farm’s hayloft where escaped slaves hid.

• The Steamboat House, Galena, IL: Built by a steamboat captain and his physician wife, the couple raised 10 children in the house. She participated in the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War. A tunnel still remains under the house, which offered an escape route for slaves. Inn at Aberdeen, Valparaiso, IN: The renovation of this 18th century home revealed a hidden ladder beneath the old entry closet floor, leading the owners to believe that the house served as a way station for the Underground Railroad. The inn linked a known “safe site” in nearby Hebron with other locations to the north. Winter, 2010

• Christopher’s B&B, Newport, KY: Throughout 2010, stay in the Loretta or Beverly Rose Junior Jacuzzi room and receive two adult tickets to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Through museum exhibits and films, learn how enslaved Black Americans were able to achieve freedom against overwhelming odds. The package price is $140 and includes a one-night stay and two adult tickets to the Freedom Center. • Hall Place B&B, Glasgow, KY: Here is one place where the Underground Railroad was literally underground. A cave under this B&B linked to a network of other caves that eventually surfaced at a nearby spring. Access to the caves through this B&B and a number of other nearby homes gave this area the nickname “Cave City.” Judge Christopher Tompkins, once a teacher for Abraham Lincoln and an Underground Railroad supporter, built Hall Place for his daughter. When he died, his will provided lifetime care for each of his former slaves. • Ashley Manor, Barnstable, MA: Dating back to 1699, this historic B&B has a secret passage that connects the upstairs and downstairs, thought to be a hiding place for Tories during the Revolutionary War, and later, a temporary hideout for slaves. Allegedly, slaves climbed down a ladder, still found in the closet of the King George Suite, to reach the cellar, then fled into the night. • Baird Tavern B&B, Blandford, MA: The Baird Tavern often entertained weary travelers as they ate and drank in the taproom and then slept feet to the fire, heads resting on their buffalo robes. In the keeping room with its huge fireplace, the women Winter, 2010

bustled around cooking and tending little ones. Babies were birthed in the borning room just off the kitchen. Early in the 19th century, the house was purchased by the Bartholomew family, who owned it for eighty years. It was a known stop along the Underground Railroad as slaves fled to freedom in Canada. • The Tern Inn & Cottages, Harwich, MA: Under the living room rug, a small round door leads to a unique little round cellar that has survived 150 years of restoration. The trap door is still easily found, as the floor sags and creaks when one walks over the spot. The cellar was used to hide runaway slaves awaiting ships going to Canada. • Samuel Fitch House, Westford, MA: The innkeeper grew up in this home and spent hours climbing through a basement tunnel believed to be part of escaped slaves' route on the Underground Railroad. The childhood bedroom has a walk-in closet with bookshelves in front of a removable wall, where it is believed slaves hid next to the warmth of the house's chimney. Guests can still explore the tunnels and see the movable walls on historic inn tours. • Cambridge House B&B, Cambridge, MD: Here’s a great lodging choice for those seeking to learn about Frederick Douglass and locally born Harriet Tubman. Visit the Harriet Tubman Museum, the Bethel Methodist Church where her family worshipped, the Stanley Institute -- a 19th-century AfricanAmerican schoolhouse -- and follow the Underground Railroad trails

through Dorchester and Caroline Counties. • Orland House B&B, Orland, ME: Cyndi, the innkeeper and coowner here likes to decorate each room with an angel, often hidden somewhere special in the rooms. Once a part of the Underground Railroad, perhaps the angels at this inn honor the memory of those who arrived and departed from here in their search for freedom. • Munro House, Jonesville, MI: Believed to be a station on the Underground Railroad, this house’s proximity to the Canadian border and the abolitionist stance of the original owner, George Clinton Munro, makes this legend plausible. What is left of a 100-foot-long stone-walled tunnel leads to the basement where a secret room still large enough to hold 12 adults once hid runaway slaves (with hidden access through a downstairs ceiling). Over 400 runaways allegedly spent at least a day hiding here on their way to freedom in Canada. • Escape Guest House, Brooklyn, NY: A short stroll from Plymouth Church, the “Grand Central Depot” of New York’s Underground Railroad. According to church history, slaves traveling to Canada were hidden in the tunnel-like basement beneath the church sanctuary; you can still visit there today. The church's first pastor, Henry Ward Beecher, was a dedicated abolitionist and younger brother to Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. • Merritt Hill Manor, Penn Yan, NY: One of the first houses built in Jerusalem Township, the land where this B&B sits now was deeded from the Seneca Indians in the Gorham/ Phelps purchase. Continued on Next Page... Page 19

• Saratoga Farmstead, Saratoga Springs, NY: Former owners and abolitionists Clarissa and Benjamin Dyer used the farmstead to connect to the Underground Railroad. According to some, a young black boy and his enslaved mother died while hiding in the attic. Legend tells that for many years thereafter, each time someone tried to climb the attic stairs, the boy’s ghost put an arm out, tripping the intruder and protecting his mother. During a session with a visiting expert on the paranormal, these ghosts were released to “the next level,” and visitors can now navigate the stairs safely. • Whispering Pines B&B, Nebraska City, NE: A short stroll away from the inn is the Mayhew Cabin (aka John Brown’s Cave), one of the oldest buildings in Nebraska and currently Nebraska’s only recognized National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. In 1855, Allen B. Mayhew, with the aid of his father-in-law Abraham Kagi, built the cabin out of cottonwood logs. The Mayhew Cabin became a stop on the Underground Railroad in the late 1850s, used by slaves escaping to Canada. • Six Acres B&B, Cincinnati, OH: The Underground Railroad was very active in Southeast Ohio. Many Quaker families and others in the community courageously hid and conducted freedom seekers toward Canada. This beautiful home was built in the1850s by Zebulon Strong, noted abolitionist and participant in the Underground Railroad, and is close to Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. • 1830 Hallauer House B&B, Oberlin, OH: Many clues demonstrate how residents in this house aided slaves as they traveled on the Page 20

Underground Railroad from Wellington through Oberlin and north to Lake Erie. A dry cistern with an adjacent thick-walled secret room and a concealed opening offered shelter on moonless nights. Just above the hidden room, a rectangular opening concealed by a wooden plug offered the family access to communicate and provide food to those hidden below. • Gelinas Manor, Boiling Springs, PA: This circa 1869 home was one of the first built in the town of Boiling Springs, and is listed on the National Underground Network list, maintained by the National Parks Service, authenticating its significance on the National Underground Railroad network. • Columbian Inn, A Bed and Breakfast, Columbia, PA: Pennsylvania was filled with stops on the Underground Railroad, as the Amish and the Quakers were particularly sympathetic to the desperate search for freedom. This inn was a known stop along the Underground Railroad. • Speedwell Forge B&B, Lititz, PA: During Black History Month, stay here and explore the plight of escaping slaves with the nearby Bethel AME "Living the Experience" tour. This eye-opening and spiritually moving experience begins and ends at the Lancaster Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a station on the Underground Railroad in a spiritually interactive Underground Railroad reenactment. Learn how the Amish played a part crafting quilts that led people to safety. • Tattersall Inn, Pt. Pleasant, PA: An underground concealed room once used as a stop on the Underground Railroad is found in the original part of this circa 1753 building. Just two blocks away, a containment of rooms with tunnels leading toward

the river can be found in a former hotel-turned-store. • Great Valley House of Valley Forge, Valley Forge, PA: Owner and innkeeper Pattye Benson shares many interesting stories of hidden rooms at this circa 1690 inn where she has lived for decades. A tunnel from the main house, originally built to store vegetables, was later prepared as an escape in the event of a British attack during the Revolutionary War. Although not needed then, in the 19th century it was used to house slaves moving north along the Underground Railroad. Two green doors remain as an important tribute. • Across the Way B&B Fassitt Mansion, White Horse, PA: Located halfway between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, this 1845 mansion was built by Captain William Fassitt to entertain guests and throw lavish parties. A known “safe house” on the Underground Railroad, it was also a frequent stop for freedom seekers heading north. • Golden Stage Inn, Proctorsville, VT: Under the ownership of Universalist preacher Reverend Warren Skinner, the inn was a stop on the Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves making their way to Canada. Skinner was known locally for his sympathetic views on slavery. • Hamilton House B&B, Whitewater, WI: Rumor has it that a number of secret tunnels led from this historic inn to nearby homes and the train depot. • Elkhorn Inn & Theatre, Landgraff, WV: This inn is two minutes from the newly restored Kimball World War I Memorial Building in Kimball, WV, the first memorial to African-American soldiers of World War I who served from McDowell County, a center of coal mining and railroading. Winter, 2010

The year 2010 is the 150th Anniversary of Annie Oakley’s Birth.


hoebe Anne Moses was born in Darke County on August 13, 1860. She became the famous Annie Oakley of national and international fame, but she was a “Darke County Girl” through and through. And Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio is proud to be the home of her legacy, legend and the artifacts that defined her life. Paul Fees, an Annie authority says, “Garst Museum has the finest exhibition of Annie’s belongings anywhere”. In honor of Annie Oakley’s 150th birthday, the museum has announced the following activities On June 26 and 27, Darke County Garden Clubs will present a flower show at the museum titled “Annie, the Pride of Darke County”, featuring clever Annie themed arrangements. The huge week-long BIRTHDAY PARTY will run from August 10 – 15, 2010. There will be special events, tours of the exhibit, birthday cake, and surprises. November, after Thanksgiving, the museum is always decked out by the flower clubs for the holidays. This year to finalize Annie’s 150th birthday year, the trees and decorations will have Annie Oakley themes. Garst Museum and Annie Oakley Center is located at 205 North Broadway in Greenville, OH 45331. For further information, call 937-548-5250 or log onto Winter, 2010

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Things to Do:

See the World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab

Ranking In the Top Five Of Roadside Attractions. Roadside attractions have such a following with travelers, that CNN recently featured an article on this phenomenon. Their eclectic nature and the fact there is often no viewing charge, works to engage captive audiences across the nation. Doug Kirby, publisher of, picked five "world's largest attractions" for CNN from his web site as his top recommendations for adventurous road trippers. Listed in the top five was the world's largest horseshoe crab, a southwest Ohio roadside attraction of monumental proportions. The world's largest horseshoe crab resides at the Freedom Worship Baptist Church in the village of Blanchester. The crab is 68 feet long from head to tail and can hold up to 65 people inside. The structure was constructed by Academy Award winning designers of Faren Associates for the Baltimore Maritime Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It was then bought by the Creation Museum for a creation fossil display in Hebron, Kentucky and then donated to Freedom Worship Baptist Church in Blanchester. When asked what types of people are visiting the world's largest horseshoe crab, Jim Rankin, Pastor of Freedom Worship Baptist Church, said, "We have seen everything from bus tours from Chicago to vacationers from all over the United States. To date, we have seen visitors from 31 states re-route road trips to see 'The Crab'. The attraction has been host to weddings, album Page 22

cover shoots and curious travelers from all backgrounds." Rankin also commented on the phenomena and why the crab is generating so much interest, "Since the original roadside sites on Route 66 and down the coastal towns of Florida, people have always been fascinated with unusual sites. 'The Crab' is grabbing the eye of thousands annually because it's not every day you see a crab in the Mid West. And coming into Blanchester on SR 28, there is no way to miss this roadside eye catcher." The Blanchester church is now holding an annual festival, named after the crab, appropriately called CrabFest. Adding to Blanchester's featured attraction is an annual festival, held Labor Day weekend. CrabFest attracted 8000 people in 2008 and featured Evel Knievel's former bodyguard who jumped over the crab on his motorcycle. This year's festival will feature a double motorcycle jump, two stages hosting national entertainment, among many other activities. You never know what you may see along the roadside, but one thing's for sure, one of the world's top 5 huge attractions is in Blanchester, just waiting for your visit.

Winter, 2010

Winter, 2010

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