Elk Valley Express Library
The “low country”. Dixie. Whatever descriptors used, there is little doubt as to the rich diversity offered in the Southeastern United States. From snowy mountains to sunny islands, from food to unique language and culture, the Southeast shows itself off very genteelly and with historic southern charm and hospitality.
– Hot Springs, AR
Water. That’s what attracts people to Hot Springs. People have used the hot springs here for more than two hundred years to treat illnesses and to relax. Both rich and poor came for the baths, and a town built up around the Hot Springs Reservation to accommodate them. Together nicknamed “The American Spa,” Hot Springs National Park today surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas….
Central High School National Historic Site – Little Rock, AR
On the morning of September 23, 1957, nine African-American teenagers stood up to an angry crowd protesting integration in front of Little Rock’s Central High as they entered the school for the first time. This event, broadcast around the world, made Little Rock the site of the first important test of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – New Orleans, LA
South Louisiana: Alligators. Bayous. Music with a beat that just won’t stop. Food you’ll never forget. And the Mississippi River rolling along through it all. Experience it at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
Poverty Point National Monument – Epps, LA
Located in northeastern Louisiana, Poverty Point commemorates a culture that thrived during the first and second millennia B.C. This site, which contains some of the largest prehistoric earth works in North America, is managed by the state of Louisiana.
Gulf Islands National Seashore – Gulf Breeze, Florida and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, FL, MS
Beautiful beaches, historic forts, and recreational opportunities are plentiful. Open year-round, the Seashore is in Mississippi and Florida.
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World-renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. Celebrate the park’s 75th Anniversary in 2009.
Blue Ridge Parkway – Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, NC,VA
A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow-paced and relaxing. Almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. Explore the many communities along the route that make our region so special. Enjoy the view, but watch the road!
Andersonville National Historic Site – Andersonville, GA
From the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, American prisoners of war have endured untold hardships and shown tremendous courage. Andersonville NHS commemorates the sacrifices of these brave Americans through exhibits in the National Prisoner of War Museum; preserves the site of Camp Sumter (Andersonville prison); and manages Andersonville National Cemetery.
Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West, FL
Almost 70 miles (112.9 km) west of Key West lies a cluster of seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand, called the Dry Tortugas. Along with the surrounding shoals and waters, they make up Dry Tortugas National Park. The area is known for its famous bird and marine life, its legends of pirates and sunken gold, and its military past.
De Soto National Memorial – Bradenton, FL
On a swelteringly hot day in May 1539, Spaniard Hernando de Soto splashed ashore at Tampa Bay intent on capturing the riches of La Florida by any means necessary. His army was alternately welcomed and opposed by Native American tribes throughout what is now the Southeastern United States in a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease, and discovery.