Discoveries... America, a fresh look at the remarkable, unique and culturally diverse USA, includes video essays about people, places, cultures and the beauty of various States.
Natchez, the oldest permanent community on the Mississippi river has an abundance of well preserved antebellum mansions. Natchez cemetery boasts unusual burials from millionaires, civil war soldiers and gypsies. Vicksburg is best known as the place where the Confederate Army suffered a major defeat and had its "date with destiny".
Mississippi legalized gambling, resulting in the "Mississippi Miracle". The state's waterfront-only casinos have become a critical part of the local economy. Southern hospitality rings true at the Dinner Bell Family Restaurant where visitors are treated to a traditional round table of authentic southern cooking. Bluegrass and gospel music bring people together in Sandy Ridge.
The Mississippi Delta is catfish country and the Delta Pride Catfish co-op is one of the world's largest producers of farm raised freshwater fish. The National Warmwater Aquaculture Center assists farmers to insure the health of their products and The World Catfish Festival in Belzoni has everything catfish. The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a lovely example of ancient forestry.
William Faulkner's stories about life in the South were based on the area around his Oxford home, Rowan Oak. Thacker Mountain Radio at Off Square Books with musicians, writers, poets and performers, create a show as unpredictable as it is worldly. Brussel Martin, bonsai artist and teacher, shares his passion for the miniature.