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Nashville, Tennessee

Old Tennessee State Prison

This defunct, fortress-like prison has been the setting for several movies.
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Sliding Rock

Who needs fancy modern water slides when this giant North Carolina rock works just as well?
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.
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.
Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina

Charleston Tea Plantation

The only working large-scale tea plantation in the United States.
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina

St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins

The remains of a chapel created for convenience.
Cleveland, South Carolina

Devils Kitchen at Caesars Head State Park

According to local lore, this narrow passageway through two large rocks was accidentally created by the devil himself.
Charleston, South Carolina

Old Charleston City Jail

Charleston's historic city jail once held everyone from pirates to Civil War POWs.
Yemassee, South Carolina

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Despite being burnt down by multiple generals on the march, the ruins of this South Carolina church are still standing strong.
Charleston, South Carolina

Drayton Hall

Oldest unrestored plantation house in America that is open to the public.
Charleston, South Carolina

Old Slave Mart

South Carolina's last remaining slavery auction house is now a museum devoted to its own tragic history.
Bishopville, South Carolina

Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden

One man's extraordinary topiary garden in a small South Carolina town.
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Sunsphere

Knoxville’s architectural icon was the symbol of the 1982 World’s Fair, even catching the googly eye of Bart Simpson.
Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Land of Oz Theme Park

A former Oz-themed attraction that has fallen into disrepair, but still holds some of the original magic.
Asheville, North Carolina

The Grove Park Inn

The U.S. Supreme Court's secret Cold War relocation facility in the mountains of North Carolina.
Gaffney, South Carolina

Gaffney Peachoid

The record holder for the world’s largest peach.
Lake Lure, North Carolina

Lake Lure

Practice your Dirty Dancing lifts in the manmade lake where Johnny Castle himself did.
Hendersonville, North Carolina

Blue Ghost Fireflies

These eerie outliers of the lightning bug family glow a mysteriously blue color, for too long, and it's awesome.
Effingham, Illinois

America's Largest Cross

Known as the "Cross At The Crossroads," this massive metal cross is just short enough to avoid the FAA.
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
Stone Mountain, Georgia

Stone Mountain

A stately granite mountain that bears a Lost Cause-era monument.
Marietta, Georgia

Big Chicken

This abstract roadside poultry was saved from demolition by outraged drivers and pilots.
Baltimore, Maryland

Elijah Bond's Ouija Board Grave

The man who first patented the Ouija Board rests in peace beneath a headstone that playfully reflects that achievement.
Yorklyn, Pennsylvania

Haines Shoe House

An outlandish shoe shaped house built by an eccentric millionaire.