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Haunted New Orleans

Haunted New Orleans

New Orleans is filled with spirits, liquid and ethereal. Here is a quick overview of some of the great haunts.

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Andy Griffith Museum – it’s a little piece of Mayberry in NC

Andy Griffith Museum – it’s a little piece of Mayberry in NC

Howdy! Few can forget the beloved Sheriff of Mayberry. That’s especially true for the citizens of Mt. Airy, the boyhood hometown of Andy Griffith, whose streets and hometown characters bear a striking resemblance to the fictional Mayberry.

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The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” once was served up at Earnestine and Hazel’s

The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” once was served up at Earnestine and Hazel’s

Rumor has it the the Rolling Stones were so inspired by their visit to the ladies, that they wrote “Brown Sugar.” The White Stripes shot a video here, Robert Duvall danced a tango.

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Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

Po’ Monkeys – a real deal juke joint on the Mississippi back roads

This is the real deal! Immortalized by Annie Leibovitz, and countless blues historians. The rural juke joint played an integral role in the development of the blues, offering a distinctly secular space for people to socialize, dance, and forget their everyday troubles.

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Melrose Plantation — home to outsider artist Clementine Hunter

Melrose Plantation — home to outsider artist Clementine Hunter

Along the Cane River, south of Natchitoches, LA, sits the Melrose Plantation, home of folk art legend, Clementine Hunter. But it’s history is extends far beyond the boundaries of art.

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Stanley Restaurant in NOLA — I still crave their boudin Benedict

Stanley Restaurant in NOLA — I still crave their boudin Benedict

I am craving it as I write this. Despite its location on touristy Jackson Square, Stanley is the place that the locals go for breakfast. Be sure to order the Breaux Bridge Benedict with Charlie T’s boudin.

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Acme Oyster House – hand-shucked goodness

Acme Oyster House – hand-shucked goodness

Damn good food, its a New Orlean’s classic. If you are going to pick only one oyster house in NOLA, which is difficult to do, pick this one. Dragos also has great grilled oysters, but this has that “experience.” (In other words, plan on standing in line.)

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The Door is the Way — “Missionary” Mary Proctor

The Door is the Way — “Missionary” Mary Proctor

In the mid-90s she had been running a junk and odds and ends store in rural north Florida when she suddenly turned to making art. She was suffering some severe health problems, and became even more depressed after she lost her grandmother, aunt, and uncle in a tragic house fire.

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Lotsa tasty love at the Loveless Cafe

Lotsa tasty love at the Loveless Cafe

Fried chicken and biscuits. Need I say more? Before the “super highways,” the rural South was a remote area with back roads leading to treasures known only to those who ventured down them.

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The Land of Pasaquan, the magical visions of St EOM

The Land of Pasaquan, the magical visions of St EOM

Eddie Owens Martin led what was perhaps one of the strangest lives we’ve come across on our journeys. In the 1930s, after years of living on the streets of New York, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia.

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