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The Folly Boat
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Folly Boat

Twenty-eight years after this local landmark was washed ashore by hurricane Hugo, it was washed away by hurricane Irma.
32.6554, -79.9500
The Fireproof Building
Charleston, South Carolina

Fireproof Building and South Carolina Historical Society

Once the most flame resistant building in the country, the South Carolina Historical Society building was almost burnt down in a fire.
32.7773, -79.9309
Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Tarrytown, New York

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate

The home of one of America's most wealthy industrialists is now a historic site that remembers a more decadent time in the country's history.
41.0970, -73.8187
Venetian Pool
Coral Gables, Florida

Venetian Pool

The only swimming pool listed in the National Historic Register refills itself with naturally filtered water every day.
25.7457, -80.2732
Mammy's Cupboard
Natchez, Mississippi

Mammy's Cupboard

This racially troublesome eatery thought a new coat of paint could erase its offensive connotations.
31.5346, -91.3937
St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
Glasgow, Scotland

St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art

This Scottish museum is the only one in the world to focus not on one religion but all of them.
55.8625, -4.2364
Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky
Raleigh, North Carolina

Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky

This woodland architectural installation acts as a camera obscura for the heavens.
35.8101, -78.7024
Harvard Bridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Bridge

This simple foot bridge was the birthplace of a unit of measurement based on a fraternity joke.
42.3546, -71.0913
Jockey's Ridge
Nags Head, North Carolina

Jockey's Ridge

This shifting North Carolina sand dune is an odd little desert surrounded by oceanic forest life.
35.9624, -75.6339
The hotel ledger from 1909.
Victoria, British Columbia

The Empress Hotel

This historic Victorian hotel has a scandalous history of affairs and murder.
48.4215, -123.3682
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, Connecticut

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Yale University's home for rare works, including the mysterious Voynich Manuscript.
41.3115, -72.9271
The Skin of Little Sorrel
Lexington, Virginia

The Skin of Little Sorrel

The hide of Stonewall Jackson's equine sidekick is on display not far from where the ashes of his bones are buried.
37.7893, -79.4389
Miniature Graceland
Roanoke, Virginia

Miniature Graceland

An overgrown collection of miniature buildings still stand as evidence of one couple's obsession with The King.
37.2569, -79.9338
Roanoke Star
Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke Star

Forget Hollywood, one of the biggest stars in the world can be found in Roanoke, Virginia.
37.2508, -79.9328
The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station

This bright yellow relic is the final survivor of a short burst of seashell-shaped petrol pumps.
36.0677, -80.2141
Pont du Gard
Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France

Pont du Gard

This ancient Roman bridge and aqueduct still stands as a wonder of classical construction.
43.9473, 4.5355
Hatch Show Print at dusk
Nashville, Tennessee

Hatch Show Print

At 135 years old and counting, this historic print shop is heaven for poster nerds and music buffs.
36.1582, -86.7768
McClure Field with today's sporting sailors
Norfolk, Virginia

McClure Field

America's second-oldest brick baseball stadium was home to a legendary WWII series that only sailors got to see.
36.9488, -76.3117
Old Charleston City Jail
Charleston, South Carolina

Old Charleston City Jail

Charleston's historic city jail once held everyone from pirates to Civil War POWs.
32.7785, -79.9372
"World's First Cone Machine" still in operation
Norfolk, Virginia

Doumar's Barbecue

Iconic, old-fashioned carhop restaurant that gave the world the waffle cone.
36.8662, -76.2848