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Huge Elvis exhibits complement tour of Graceland

Graceland is a huge business worth 100s of millions of dollars; Elvis loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches as well as Doublemint gum

Graceland is a huge business worth 100s of millions of dollars; Elvis loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches as well as Doublemint gum

The mansion is on the left side of the street with the exhibits, gift shops and restaurants on the right; a ticket to visit both the exhibits and the house costs $59

The mansion is on the left side of the street with the exhibits, gift shops and restaurants on the right; a ticket to visit both the exhibits and the house costs $59

A couple of Elvis's airplanes were on display; you could walk through one of them; it costs $5 in addition to whatever Graceland ticket you had purchased

A couple of Elvis's airplanes were on display; you could walk through one of them; it costs $5 in addition to whatever Graceland ticket you had purchased

Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957 for $102,500; the house was opened to the public in 1982

Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957 for $102,500; the house was opened to the public in 1982

Elvis holds practically every record for music sales; some sources say he sold a billion records!

Elvis holds practically every record for music sales; some sources say he sold a billion records!

Elvis was drafted in 1958 after he was already a big star; he managed to have 10 Top 40 hits while he was in the service because material that he prerecorded was periodically released

Elvis was drafted in 1958 after he was already a big star; he managed to have 10 Top 40 hits while he was in the service because material that he prerecorded was periodically released

Many future stars were heavily influenced by Elvis; Bruce Springsteen said everything started and ended with Elvis; as a 6 year old Bruce remembered being mesmerized by Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show

Many future stars were heavily influenced by Elvis; Bruce Springsteen said everything started and ended with Elvis; as a 6 year old Bruce remembered being mesmerized by Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show

Carrie Underwood wasn't even born when Elvis died but she loved his music; thanks to modern technology she even had a hit duet with Elvis, I'll Be Home for Christmas

Carrie Underwood wasn't even born when Elvis died but she loved his music; thanks to modern technology she even had a hit duet with Elvis, I'll Be Home for Christmas

Elvis wanted to record I Will Always Love You after Parton had made it a hit; Dolly said no since Elvis wanted half the publishing rights to the song which would have cost Dolly millions

Elvis wanted to record I Will Always Love You after Parton had made it a hit; Dolly said no since Elvis wanted half the publishing rights to the song which would have cost Dolly millions

Elton's mom brought home a 78 of Heartbreak Hotel which transformed Elton's image of music forever; he got to meet Elvis at a concert in 1976 but felt Elvis was drugged out and found the situation very sad

Elton's mom brought home a 78 of Heartbreak Hotel which transformed Elton's image of music forever; he got to meet Elvis at a concert in 1976 but felt Elvis was drugged out and found the situation very sad

These are the albums released while Elvis was in the Army; his management didn't want his popularity to wane while he was in the service

These are the albums released while Elvis was in the Army; his management didn't want his popularity to wane while he was in the service

In 1955 when Elvis was first starting out, his manager Bob Neal sent him to William Speer for his first photo shoot; the resulting black and white photos helped make both Presley and Speer famous

In 1955 when Elvis was first starting out, his manager Bob Neal sent him to William Speer for his first photo shoot; the resulting black and white photos helped make both Presley and Speer famous

There was a copy of Sun's first recording studio as well as tributes to those that helped Elvis become famous; the exhibits cost a little extra above the Graceland tour but were well worth it

There was a copy of Sun's first recording studio as well as tributes to those that helped Elvis become famous; the exhibits cost a little extra above the Graceland tour but were well worth it

Elvis made 33 movies, most in the 1960s; his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands who previously worked as a carnival barker

Elvis made 33 movies, most in the 1960s; his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, was an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands who previously worked as a carnival barker

This 1964 film is considered one of Elvis's best; Elvis was already dating Priscilla but had an affair with Ann-Margret with her referring to Elvis as her soulmate

This 1964 film is considered one of Elvis's best; Elvis was already dating Priscilla but had an affair with Ann-Margret with her referring to Elvis as her soulmate

Embroidered eagle outfit, 1974; Lisa Marie's second husband, Nicolas Cage, is reportedly the only non-family member to have seen Elvis's bedroom at Graceland

Embroidered eagle outfit, 1974; Lisa Marie's second husband, Nicolas Cage, is reportedly the only non-family member to have seen Elvis's bedroom at Graceland

Elvis was presented with this creative key to his hometown of Tupelo in 1956; surprisingly, Elvis never performed outside of North America despite 40% o his record sales being international

Elvis was presented with this creative key to his hometown of Tupelo in 1956; surprisingly, Elvis never performed outside of North America despite 40% of his record sales being international

Gold records just from the 1950s; Elvis holds the record for most Gold Albums with 106 while Barbra Streisand ranks second with 51

Gold records just from the 1950s; Elvis holds the record for most Gold Albums with 106 while Barbra Streisand ranks second with 51

Elvis said his role in King Creole was his favorite; the film was a critical and commercial success with the soundtrack including the number one hit, Hard Headed Woman

Elvis said his role in King Creole was his favorite; the film was a critical and commercial success with the soundtrack including the number one hit, Hard Headed Woman

Denim suits from Elvis' personal collection made with patchwork denim and rhinestones; Elvis once sang in his school's talent show and came in 5th

Denim suits from Elvis' personal collection made with patchwork denim and rhinestones; Elvis once sang in his school's talent show and came in 5th

Elvis was 13 when his family moved from Tupelo to Memphis although he returned for a concert in 1956; in Tupelo, you can see the shotgun house where Elvis grew up

Elvis was 13 when his family moved from Tupelo to Memphis although he returned for a concert in 1956; in Tupelo, you can see the shotgun house where Elvis grew up

Elvis has the most Gold Singles of any solo artist with 54; the song Crazy Little Thing Called Love was written by Freddie Mercury as a tribute to Elvis in about 10 minutes

Elvis has the most Gold Singles of any solo artist with 54; the song Crazy Little Thing Called Love was written by Freddie Mercury as a tribute to Elvis in about 10 minutes

Elvis first performed at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis in 1954; when he returned with Texas Bill Strength the next year he faced a sold-out screaming crowd of 4000

Elvis first performed at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis in 1954; when he returned with Texas Bill Strength the next year he faced a sold-out screaming crowd of 4000

Set of WHBQ radio where Elvis first played That's All Right in 1954; he was a truck driver at the time but with that first record Elvis was bound for stardom

Set of WHBQ radio where Elvis first played That's All Right in 1954; he was a truck driver at the time but with that first record Elvis was bound for stardom

One appeal to Elvis were the many genres he covered, gospel, blues, rock, country, etc; Elvis was distantly related to Presidents Lincoln and Carter as well as his good friend, Johnny Cash

One appeal to Elvis were the many genres he covered, gospel, blues, rock, country, etc; Elvis was distantly related to Presidents Lincoln and Carter as well as his good friend, Johnny Cash

Orange Target Suit, 1973-4; Elvis recorded more than 600 songs but didn't write a single one of them

Orange Target Suit, 1973-4; Elvis recorded more than 600 songs but didn't write a single one of them

Elvis's puffed-sleeve shirts became popular in the early 1970s; Elvis managed to make a C in his 8th grade music class

Elvis's puffed-sleeve shirts became popular in the early 1970s; Elvis managed to make a C in his 8th grade music class

Between every exhibit was a large gift shop where you could buy anything and everything Elvis related; this Elvis outfit was selling for $2570

Between every exhibit was a large gift shop where you could buy anything and everything Elvis related; this Elvis outfit was selling for $2570

Graceland is the second most visited house in the US after the White House; it sits on 14 acres, 9 miles from downtown Memphis and 4 miles north of the Mississippi state line

Graceland is the second most visited house in the US after the White House; it sits on 14 acres, 9 miles from downtown Memphis and 4 miles north of the Mississippi state line

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Quick visit to Atlanta with parents to see aquarium & MLK Pk

My parents wanted to eat at the Varsity for old times sake; it's a unique Atlanta experience but the food leaves something to be desired

My parents wanted to eat at the Varsity for old times sake; it's a unique Atlanta experience but the food leaves something to be desired

The Georgia Aquarium has the only whale sharks in the US; I'm hopeful that I'll see these big guys in the wild on my upcoming Asia travels

The Georgia Aquarium has the only whale sharks in the US; I'm hopeful that I'll see these big guys in the wild on my upcoming Asia travels

Puffins have a brightly colored beak during breeding season; in the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times per minute)

Puffins have a brightly colored beak during breeding season; in the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times per minute)

MLK and his father were pastors at Ebeneezer Baptist Church which was founded in 1886; the church is part of the MLK National Historic Park, all of which is free

MLK and his father were pastors at Ebeneezer Baptist Church which was founded in 1886; the church is part of the MLK National Historic Park, all of which is free

Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere; depending on the species, penguins range from 16 inches tall (fairy penguins in the Galapagos) to 3 1/2 feet tall (emperor penguins in Antarctica)

Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere; depending on the species, penguins range from 16 inches tall (fairy penguins in the Galapagos) to 3 1/2 feet tall (emperor penguins in Antarctica)

The beluga whale (this one is swimming upside down) is an Arctic species that can grow to 3500 pounds and 18 feet long

The beluga whale (this one is swimming upside down) is an Arctic species that can grow to 3500 pounds and 18 feet long

Purple striped jellyfish; I always like species that have obvious names so I don't struggle to figure out what I'm seeing

Purple striped jellyfish; I always like species that have obvious names so I don't struggle to figure out what I'm seeing

Spotted moray eel; my parents had never visited the Georgia Aquarium and were impressed with it's size and design

Spotted moray eel; my parents had never visited the Georgia Aquarium and were impressed with it's size and design

Cute Asian small-clawed otter; this playful species reminds me of prairie dogs with their constant searching for threats

Cute Asian small-clawed otter; this playful species reminds me of prairie dogs with their constant searching for threats

Male weedy sea dragons carry the eggs of the female on their tails until hatching; sea dragons are endemic in eastern Australia and are the marine emblem of the Australian State of Victoria

Male weedy sea dragons carry the eggs of the female on their tails until hatching; sea dragons are endemic in eastern Australia and are the marine emblem of the Australian State of Victoria

Sea stars; the Georgia Aquarium is the number 1 attraction in Atlanta according to TripAdvisor

Sea stars; the Georgia Aquarium is the number 1 attraction in Atlanta according to TripAdvisor

The Japanese spider crab can live to 100 years old and have a leg span of 13 feet!; they are the largest of all arthropods, a family that include spiders and insects

The Japanese spider crab can live to 100 years old and have a leg span of 13 feet!; they are the largest of all arthropods, a family that include spiders and insects

This giant grouper watched as aquarium visitors walked through a tunnel within his huge tank; giant groupers can reach almost 9 feet in length and 880 pounds

This giant grouper watched as aquarium visitors walked through a tunnel within his huge tank; giant groupers can reach almost 9 feet in length and 880 pounds

The aquarium has a penguin parade several times a day; this penguin seemed tempted to abandon his handlers and experience freedom

The aquarium has a penguin parade several times a day; this penguin seemed tempted to abandon his handlers and experience freedom

Despite the government shutdown, the MLK National Historic Site was open thanks to a grant from the Delta Airlines Foundation; the site is looking worn and is in need of maintenance and updating of content

Despite the government shutdown, the MLK National Historic Site was open thanks to a grant from the Delta Airlines Foundation; the site is looking worn and is in need of maintenance and updating of content

There are some huge tanks at the aquarium including this one that depicts a Pacific coral reef; an employee is cleaning the inside of the glass

There are some huge tanks at the aquarium including this one that depicts a Pacific coral reef; an employee is cleaning the inside of the glass

My mom wanted to see where the Super Bowl was going to be played; the entire area was being outfitted for parties, the media and special events

My mom wanted to see where the Super Bowl was going to be played; the entire area was being outfitted for parties, the media and special events

Located at 332 Auburn Avenue (within the park), the Prince Hall Masonic Temple is where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (founded by Dr. King and others) established its initial headquarters in 1957

Located at 332 Auburn Avenue (within the park), the Prince Hall Masonic Temple is where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (founded by Dr. King and others) established its initial headquarters in 1957

The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was created to give recognition to those courageous soldiers of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make equality a reality for all

The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was created to give recognition to those courageous soldiers of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make equality a reality for all

Like whale sharks, manta rays are filter feeders; this threatened species can grow to 23 feet across with a gestation of more than a year

Like whale sharks, manta rays are filter feeders; this threatened species can grow to 23 feet across with a gestation of more than a year

Japanese sea nettle; this jellyfish is native to the northern Pacific and Arctic Oceans

Japanese sea nettle; this jellyfish is native to the northern Pacific and Arctic Oceans

I found the International Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis much more informative; it is run in conjunction with the Smithsonian

I found the International Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis much more informative; it is run in conjunction with the Smithsonian

Ebeneezer Baptist Church has been restored but the current congregation meets across the street in a much larger venue

Ebeneezer Baptist Church has been restored but the current congregation meets across the street in a much larger venue

The endangered zebra shark is native to the Indo-Pacific region; the species can live 25-30 years in the wild and are not dangerous to humans

The endangered zebra shark is native to the Indo-Pacific region; the species can live 25-30 years in the wild and are not dangerous to humans

Lots of upside down jellies; they are found in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico but I've never seen them

Lots of upside down jellies; they are found in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico but I've never seen them

Dr. King and his wife spent time in India studying the teachings of Gandhi; his non-violent approach was fundamental to everything MLK accomplished

Dr. King and his wife spent time in India studying the teachings of Gandhi; his non-violent approach was fundamental to everything MLK accomplished

The MLK National Historic Site has a room dedicated to Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr and their worldwide impact on human rights

The MLK National Historic Site has a room dedicated to Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King Jr and their worldwide impact on human rights

Sea otters are native to the northern Pacific Ocean; they are the heaviest members of the weasel family (up to 100 lbs), but among the smallest marine mammals

Sea otters are native to the northern Pacific Ocean; they are the heaviest members of the weasel family (up to 100 lbs), but among the smallest marine mammals

Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region but are invasive in the Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean; in humans, their venom can cause extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, and sweating

Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region but are invasive in the Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean; in humans, their venom can cause extreme pain, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulties, convulsions, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, and sweating

The black spotted piranhas ignore a worker cleaning their tank; I'm not sure I'd have the confidence to have my back to these fish

The black spotted piranhas ignore a worker cleaning their tank; I'm not sure I'd have the confidence to have my back to these fish

You can tour the home where MLK was born but my parents opted to skip it (I had seen it before); it's unfortunate that this park has such stagnant content and limited information

You can tour the home where MLK was born but my parents opted to skip it (I had seen it before); it's unfortunate that this park has such stagnant content and limited information

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Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville is worth a visit

Cash's biggest hits include Ring of Fire, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Hurt, Jackson and Flesh and Blood

Cash's biggest hits include Ring of Fire, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Hurt, Jackson and Flesh and Blood

Cash placed at least 2 singles on the Country charts for 38 consecutive years, including an amazing 25 hits between 1958 and 1960

Cash placed at least 2 singles on the Country charts for 38 consecutive years, including an amazing 25 hits between 1958 and 1960

Johnny Cash as a junior in his high school yearbook in Dyess, Arkansas, 1949; he started working in the cotton fields at age 5

Johnny Cash as a junior in his high school yearbook in Dyess, Arkansas, 1949; he started working in the cotton fields at age 5

Johnny sent this verbose postcard to his parents; the mailman must have known everyone in the small town of Dyess

Johnny sent this verbose postcard to his parents; the mailman must have known everyone in the small town of Dyess

Johnny was named JR Cash but the military wouldn't let him use initials so he changed his named to John; at Sun Records he changed it to Johnny

Johnny was named JR Cash but the military wouldn't let him use initials so he changed his named to John; at Sun Records he changed it to Johnny

Johnny married his first wife in San Antonio; they were together 12 years and had 4 children including Roseanne who became a country singer too

Johnny married his first wife in San Antonio; they were together 12 years and had 4 children including Roseanne who became a country singer too

Original 78 RPM album of I Walk the Line signed by Cash and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips; he went on to record over 1500 songs in his career

Original 78 RPM album of I Walk the Line signed by Cash and Sun Records founder Sam Phillips; he went on to record over 1500 songs in his career

Known as the Million Dollar Quartet - Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash; Johnny ended up with 17 Grammy awards

Known as the Million Dollar Quartet - Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis and Johnny Cash; Johnny ended up with 17 Grammy awards

In 1961, Cash moved his family from Texas to a trailer park in California to pursue an acting career; his wife filed for divorce in 1966 due to Johnny's drug and alcohol abuse as well as affairs

In 1961, Cash moved his family from Texas to a trailer park in California to pursue an acting career; his wife filed for divorce in 1966 due to Johnny's drug and alcohol abuse as well as affairs

Johnny's wife Vivian couldn't tolerate Cash's unpredictable behavior and long absences; Cash had already moved in with Waylon Jennings in Nashville by the time the divorce was filed

Johnny's wife Vivian couldn't tolerate Cash's unpredictable behavior and long absences; Cash had already moved in with Waylon Jennings in Nashville by the time the divorce was filed

Gibson guitar made for Cash in 1959; Cash is the only entertainer in history to be inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Songwriter's Halls of Fame

Gibson guitar made for Cash in 1959; Cash is the only entertainer in history to be inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Songwriter's Halls of Fame

This was Johnny's favorite picture of himself; Johnny autographed this photo in 1978 to Roy Orbison and he would later record an album with Orbison

This was Johnny's favorite picture of himself; Johnny autographed this photo in 1978 to Roy Orbison and he would later record an album with Orbison

Johnny met June Carter while touring and they started an affair; after his divorce, Cash would marry June Carter in 1968; she is credited with helping Johnny kick his drug habit

Johnny met June Carter while touring and they started an affair; after his divorce, Cash would marry June Carter in 1968; she is credited with helping Johnny kick his drug habit

Johnny's paternal grandparents purchased this piano in 1880 and it was handed down to Johnny; it was a fixture at his home with many famous people performing on it

Johnny's paternal grandparents purchased this piano in 1880 and it was handed down to Johnny; it was a fixture at his home with many famous people performing on it

Cash posted more than 130 hits on the Billboard Country singles chart, more than anyone in history; the US Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Cash in 2013

Cash posted more than 130 hits on the Billboard Country singles chart, more than anyone in history; the US Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Cash in 2013

Dress worn by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005); the film became the top-grossing music biopic of all time

Dress worn by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005); the film became the top-grossing music biopic of all time

Cash was ranked number one in the listing of greatest men in country music; he was voted the 31st Greatest Rock N Roll artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine

Cash was ranked number one in the listing of greatest men in country music; he was voted the 31st Greatest Rock N Roll artist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine

Johnny's 1994 touring schedule; Cash is the only artist to have songs on the Billboard charts for six consecutive decades

Johnny's 1994 touring schedule; Cash is the only artist to have songs on the Billboard charts for six consecutive decades

June remained with Johnny even through multiple admissions for rehab treatment and years of drug abuse; they were together 35 years until June's death in 2003

June remained with Johnny even through multiple admissions for rehab treatment and years of drug abuse; they were together 35 years until June's death in 2003

Johnny recorded the soundtrack for this 1970 movie titled for his best-selling song; one of the singles from the album, Flesh and Blood, became a number one country hit

Johnny recorded the soundtrack for this 1970 movie titled for his best-selling song; one of the singles from the album, Flesh and Blood, became a number one country hit

The National Medal of Arts was presented in 2002 to Cash by President George W. Bush; it is the highest honor an entertainer can receive in recognition of outstanding contributions to American culture

The National Medal of Arts was presented in 2002 to Cash by President George W. Bush; it is the highest honor an entertainer can receive in recognition of outstanding contributions to American culture

Cash performed at the White House on April 17, 1970; President Clinton would later pay tribute to Cash with the Kennedy Center Honors

Cash performed at the White House on April 17, 1970; President Clinton would later pay tribute to Cash with the Kennedy Center Honors

Vintage floral dress worn by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line; Reese won the Academy Award for Best Actress while Joaquin Phoenix also received a nomination for his portrayal of Cash

Vintage floral dress worn by Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line; Reese won the Academy Award for Best Actress while Joaquin Phoenix also received a nomination for his portrayal of Cash

1969 CMA Single of the Year Award for The Boy Named Sue; the song was a big crossover hit reaching number 2 on the Billboard pop chart

1969 CMA Single of the Year Award for The Boy Named Sue; the song was a big crossover hit reaching number 2 on the Billboard pop chart

Complete plate setting of Cash family china; Cash was friends with every president starting with Nixon; he was especially close to President Carter who was distantly related to June Carter

Complete plate setting of Cash family china; Cash was friends with every president starting with Nixon; he was especially close to President Carter who was distantly related to June Carter

Print featuring the autographed opening lyrics of each member of the Highwaymen; during this same period Cash appeared in several TV movies and even made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show

Print featuring the autographed opening lyrics of each member of the Highwaymen; during this same period Cash appeared in several TV movies and even made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show

Custom jumpsuit worn by Cash during the San Quentin Prison rehearsals in 1969; his signature song came to be Folsom Prison Blues

Custom jumpsuit worn by Cash during the San Quentin Prison rehearsals in 1969; his signature song came to be Folsom Prison Blues

Cash is one of few recording artists in history to have charted hits on audio formats which include 78, 45 and 33 1/3 rpm records, reel to reel audio tapes, 4 and 8 track tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3 downloads

Cash is one of few recording artists in history to have charted hits on audio formats which include 78, 45 and 33 1/3 rpm records, reel to reel audio tapes, 4 and 8 track tapes, cassette tapes, CDs and MP3 downloads

Canada Trust hired Cash as their spokesman and named their ATMs after him; some marketing expert must have thought the cute idea would be a success

Canada Trust hired Cash as their spokesman and named their ATMs after him; some marketing expert must have thought the cute idea would be a success

Cash became the man in black on behalf of the poor and hungry, as a Vietnam War protest and for those betrayed by age or drug addiction

Cash became the man in black on behalf of the poor and hungry, as a Vietnam War protest and for those betrayed by age or drug addiction

In his later years, Cash became an accomplished artist; in 1997, Cash was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Shy-Drager Syndrome, a form of multiple system atrophy

In his later years, Cash became an accomplished artist; in 1997, Cash was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Shy-Drager Syndrome, a form of multiple system atrophy

Cash sold his Hendersonville, TN home in 2006 to Barry Gibb; during renovations in 2007 the home caught fire and burned completely to the ground

Cash sold his Hendersonville, TN home in 2006 to Barry Gibb; during renovations in 2007 the home caught fire and burned completely to the ground

In the mid-1980s Cash toured with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson as the Highwaymen; they would record 3 hit albums together

In the mid-1980s Cash toured with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson as the Highwaymen; they would record 3 hit albums together

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Mount Airy Museum of Regional History-a look back in time

The large Mount Airy Museum of Regional History was surprisingly well curated; for $6 it was very informative and time well spent

The large Mount Airy Museum of Regional History was surprisingly well curated; for $6 it was very informative and time well spent

Early 1900s cider press; the museum also had a replica general store and a 70 ft scale model railroad

Early 1900s cider press; the museum also had a replica general store and a 70 ft scale model railroad

This 1917 American La France fire engine was Mount Airy's first; three early fire engines are on display in the basement of the museum

This 1917 American La France fire engine was Mount Airy's first; three early fire engines are on display in the basement of the museum

Grammy Award winner Donna Fargo grew up in Mount Airy; she wrote and recorded the number one country hit The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA

Grammy Award winner Donna Fargo grew up in Mount Airy; she wrote and recorded the number one country hit The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA

Turn-of-the-century household items were displayed in a Victorian parlor and period clothing, looking very uncomfortable, was shown too

Turn-of-the-century household items were displayed in a Victorian parlor and period clothing, looking very uncomfortable, was shown too

In 1849 the first cotton mill was opened in Surry County; in the 1920s socks started being made here and by the end of the decade multiple textile plants were in operation

In 1849 the first cotton mill was opened in Surry County; in the 1920s socks started being made here and by the end of the decade multiple textile plants were in operation

It took a great deal of time to accumulate enough thread or yarn from the raw material, so spinning was a year-round activity for women

It took a great deal of time to accumulate enough thread or yarn from the raw material, so spinning was a year-round activity for women

Nissen farm wagon from the late 1800s with comfortable spring seat; they were used for farm tasks during the week and to bring the family to town on Sunday

Nissen farm wagon from the late 1800s with comfortable spring seat; they were used for farm tasks during the week and to bring the family to town on Sunday

The first people in the region were Saura Indians who got pushed out in the mid-1700s when the Great Philadelphia Road starting bringing colonists down from the Northeast

The first people in the region were Saura Indians who got pushed out in the mid-1700s when the Great Philadelphia Road starting bringing colonists down from the Northeast

You can see Surry County in the upper left of the Piedmont; Greensboro is in the center of the Piedmont just south of the Virginia border

You can see Surry County in the upper left of the Piedmont; Greensboro is in the center of the Piedmont just south of the Virginia border

The world's largest open faced granite quarry has been operating here for more than 100 years; the granite has been used in projects around the world

The world's largest open faced granite quarry has been operating here for more than 100 years; the granite has been used in projects around the world

In 1925 granite from Mount Airy was used to build Arlington Memorial Bridge from DC across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery

In 1925 granite from Mount Airy was used to build Arlington Memorial Bridge from DC across the Potomac to Arlington National Cemetery

Mount Airy granite was used to construct the Wright Brothers Monument on the Outer Banks; the 35000 sq ft museum is impressive for such a small town

Mount Airy granite was used to construct the Wright Brothers Monument on the Outer Banks; the 35000 sq ft museum is impressive for such a small town

This cradle churn made a chore more social as two people worked together; USA Today recently named Mount Airy's Main Street the number one tourist attraction in NC

This cradle churn made a chore more social as two people worked together; USA Today recently named Mount Airy's Main Street the number one tourist attraction in NC

Barnyard loom from the mid 1800s; in remote, rural areas these looms stayed in service much longer than in areas that developed more quickly

Barnyard loom from the mid 1800s; in remote, rural areas these looms stayed in service much longer than in areas that developed more quickly

Before there was Home Depot settlers had to make everything; this 1890 wheelbarrow even has removable sides for versatility

Before there was Home Depot settlers had to make everything; this 1890 wheelbarrow even has removable sides for versatility

When railroads reached the area in 1888, Mount Airy rapidly grew as elegant hotels were built and industries could easily reach their Eastern markets

When railroads reached the area in 1888, Mount Airy rapidly grew as elegant hotels were built and industries could easily reach their Eastern markets

This restored 1890s buggy originally sold for less than $100; they were used on the dirt roads to transport people, luggage and goods from the train depot

This restored 1890s buggy originally sold for less than $100; they were used on the dirt roads to transport people, luggage and goods from the train depot

Mail order allowed settlers in Surry County to have access to new and different products and lessened the necessity of making everything locally

Mail order allowed settlers in Surry County to have access to new and different products and lessened the necessity of making everything locally

Downtown Mount Airy has changed little over the decades; the town is an hour northwest of Greensboro

Downtown Mount Airy has changed little over the decades; the town is an hour northwest of Greensboro

Just what everyone needs - a pig ringer; I don't even want to know what this could be used for but it looks painful

Just what everyone needs - a pig ringer; I don't even want to know what this could be used for but it looks painful

Many of the items displayed reminded me of those my grandmother had in TN; bluegrass and folk music became popular with the advent of radio

Many of the items displayed reminded me of those my grandmother had in TN; bluegrass and folk music became popular with the advent of radio

Small town NC still means redneck; Mount Airy only has 10,000 people and lies 3 miles south of the Virginia border

Small town NC still means redneck; Mount Airy only has 10,000 people and lies 3 miles south of the Virginia border

Fargo left Mount Airy to get her degree from USC and pursue a musical career in CA; she won 5 ACM Awards and was the 5th most successful female country artist of the 1970s

Fargo left Mount Airy to get her degree from USC and pursue a musical career in CA; she won 5 ACM Awards and was the 5th most successful female country artist of the 1970s

I'm amazed that photos exist of Andy Griffith's great-grandparents from the mid 1800s; you can see where Andy got his character's name from

I'm amazed that photos exist of Andy Griffith's great-grandparents from the mid 1800s; you can see where Andy got his character's name from

Medical bag belonging to the doctor who delivered Andy Griffith on June 1, 1926; amazing most women didn't die during childbirth hundreds of years ago

Medical bag belonging to the doctor who delivered Andy Griffith on June 1, 1926; amazing most women didn't die during childbirth hundreds of years ago

Andy Griffith's first musical instrument was an ocarina; had never heard of such a thing before but see similarities with later instruments

Andy Griffith's first musical instrument was an ocarina; had never heard of such a thing before but see similarities with later instruments

Donna Fargo's musical career was put on hold after she was diagnosed with MS in 1978; she lives in Nashville now and is recovering from a stroke

Donna Fargo's musical career was put on hold after she was diagnosed with MS in 1978; she lives in Nashville now and is recovering from a stroke

By the turn of the 20th century, NC led the nation in wine production using muscadine grapes; when Congress ratified the 18th Amendment the industry perished

By the turn of the 20th century, NC led the nation in wine production using muscadine grapes; when Congress ratified the 18th Amendment the industry perished

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Atlanta's Carter Center works to make world a better place

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 and opened in 1986; it is only 2 miles from downtown and on the Atlanta Beltine

The Carter Center was founded in 1982 and opened in 1986; it is only 2 miles from downtown and on the Atlanta Beltine

The Carter Center is relatively small with an $8 admission charge; I also visited great friends Jonathan and Evan on this visit but forgot to take any photos with them

The Carter Center is relatively small with an $8 admission charge; I also visited great friends Jonathan and Evan on this visit but forgot to take any photos with them

In addition to their home in Plains, Jimmy and Rosalynn maintain a small apartment at the Carter Center; Rosalynn has been an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment

In addition to their home in Plains, Jimmy and Rosalynn maintain a small apartment at the Carter Center; Rosalynn has been an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment

Like other presidential museums, the Carter Center has a replica Oval Office from Carter's time in the White House; Carter was motivated to enter politics to oppose the climate of racial segregation and support the growing civil rights movement

Like other presidential museums, the Carter Center has a replica Oval Office from Carter's time in the White House; Carter was motivated to enter politics to oppose the climate of racial segregation and support the growing civil rights movement

In 2002, President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development through the Carter Center

In 2002, President Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development through the Carter Center

In 1988 President Clinton awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

In 1988 President Clinton awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter

Carter has been a prolific author; he went to Georgia Tech and the US Naval Academy where he rose to the rank of lieutenant

Carter has been a prolific author; he went to Georgia Tech and the US Naval Academy where he rose to the rank of lieutenant

The Carter Center is managed by the US National Archives; it is adjacent to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and hosts a weekly farmer's market every Saturday morning

The Carter Center is managed by the US National Archives; it is adjacent to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and hosts a weekly farmer's market every Saturday morning

The Alaska Wilderness League presented this sculpture to President Carter for his dedicated efforts to enact the greatest conservation measure in US history, Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act

The Alaska Wilderness League presented this sculpture to President Carter for his dedicated efforts to enact the greatest conservation measure in US history, Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act

John Travolta visited the White House for Amy Carter's birthday; she is the youngest of the Carter's four children and lives with her husband and son in Atlanta outside of the public eye

John Travolta visited the White House for Amy Carter's birthday; she is the youngest of the Carter's four children and lives with her husband and son in Atlanta outside of the public eye

This sculpture was given to the Carter Center in recognition of Carter's efforts to eradicate river blindness in Africa; the disease is spread by black flies but the Carter Center has worked to provide medication to combat this disease

This sculpture was given to the Carter Center in recognition of Carter's efforts to eradicate river blindness in Africa; the disease is spread by black flies but the Carter Center has worked to provide medication to combat this disease

Piedmont Park has a great outdoor pool that opened in 2009 but it's only open Memorial Day to Labor Day; the park is located 1 mile northeast of downtown and comprises 202 acres

Piedmont Park has a great outdoor pool that opened in 2009 but it's only open Memorial Day to Labor Day; the park is located 1 mile northeast of downtown and comprises 202 acres

Much was made of Jimmy Carter's background as a peanut farmer; he inherited the business from his father in 1953 and under his guidance the business grew substantially

Much was made of Jimmy Carter's background as a peanut farmer; he inherited the business from his father in 1953 and under his guidance the business grew substantially

An expansion of Piedmont Park began in 2013 near Ansley Mall; the Atlanta BeltLine is still an abandoned rail line through the park and construction to add it to the Atlanta BeltLine has not started

An expansion of Piedmont Park began in 2013 near Ansley Mall; the Atlanta BeltLine is still an abandoned rail line through the park and construction to add it to the Atlanta BeltLine has not started

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in Atlanta  that showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along nine miles (14 km) of the BeltLine corridor

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in Atlanta that showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along nine miles (14 km) of the BeltLine corridor

In the early 20th century, a redesign plan for Piedmont Park called the Olmsted plan, was begun by the sons of New York Central Park architect, Frederick Law Olmsted

In the early 20th century, a redesign plan for Piedmont Park called the Olmsted plan, was begun by the sons of New York Central Park architect, Frederick Law Olmsted

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