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That’s why we decided to ask our followers on the This is a Southern Thing Facebook page what’s the weirdest place they’ve been in the South, and we got over 2,000 responses.

Some of them were one-time attractions, like Babyland General Hospital, while others were one-time events, like the annual Flora-Bama’s Mule throw. Then there were the people who said that an entire city, or at least an area of ​​it, was at the top of their list.

You can check out 25 of the submissions below, and you can see them all on the It’s a Southern Thing Facebook page.

Georgia Guidestones in Elberton, Georgia


“So strange to see these monoliths in the middle of agricultural country.” –Janice Mercer

Penny Whistle Park in Dallas, Texas

“I loved going there as a kid. I go back and look at old pictures of it. It was a weird place. It’s gone now, but it’s good memories.” –Tena Byrne

Big Rosie’s Georgia Cheap Gas

“A gas station and country store in southern Georgia. It was called ‘Big Rosie’s Cheap Georgia gas.’ They had a good price on gas, which would be pretty cool right now!” — Lori Matarazzo Bridge

New Orleans, Louisiana


“Gotta love the voodoo shops and cemeteries of New Orleans. It’s perfect for all your occult curiosities.” –Jessica Aviles

Asheville, North Carolina

“Definitely downtown Asheville. I was sure I was in the South, but it felt like I was in Portlandia.” –Tim Thomas

Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia

“How about Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia, where you can see Cabbage Patch Kids being born?” — Marcelaine Glenn Tanner

Solomon’s Castle in Ona, Florida

“Solomon’s Castle in Florida was incredibly strange – the owner built an actual castle out of free/upcycled/upcycled materials and then filled it with trinkets etc, other things he built from of free/upcycled/upcycled materials and turned into a tourist attraction. Loved it so much I went three times!” – Troi Shumaker Lilly

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

“I’ve stayed and visited here many times and I’m always a bit quirky and thrilled by the vibe of the place.” –– Trent Breshears

Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama

Marie Avenue Grotto

(Tamika Moore)

“A monk made a model of the holy land out of junk, including jars of cold cream. Strangely charming. I believe they moved everything at least once.” – Kathy Andersen

Abita Mystery House and the UCM Museum in Abita Springs, Louisiana

“They had a 24-foot alligator, and they put 24 feet on this stuffed alligator. It was a dark, dreary day when we went, which made it scarier.” –Josh Horton

Frog Level in Rodessa, La.

“Two big concrete frogs about 10 feet in the air. If you stand between them and stretch your arms out, you get this weird sound of frogs all around you.” -Kenny Sanders

Savannah, Georgia


“Savannah, Georgia has a very strange feel. A city built on cemeteries in the historic district. We felt a spirit in our apartment.” – Kathy Barrow

The Angola Prison Rodeo in St. Francisville, Louisiana

“It’s true. The Louisiana State Penitentiary in St. Francisville hosts an annual inmate rodeo and craft fair. The artwork and woodwork are honestly gorgeous, but it’s is a bit scary to know that it was created by an inmate.” –Laura Kirchhoff Muller

The UFO Visitor Center in Bowman, South Carolina

“It’s off Interstate 26 in Orangeburg County. A man from Bowman thinks we’ll soon be visited by aliens, so we must meet them with great Southern hospitality. He’s assembled his own UFO with every piece of junk he could find throughout his life. It really is a sight to behold!” — Christy D. Hughes

The Drive-Thru Museum of Wonder in Seale, Alabama

“Literally the most surreal exhibit I have ever seen in my life. I felt like I had entered an alternate universe. It baffles me to this day.” — Rhonda D. Bruner

God’s Acre Healing Fountain in Blackville, South Carolina

“The fountain is said to have healing powers, but the acre of land was given by an estate to God himself.” –Thadd Hirschy

Coon Dog Cemetery in Cherokee, Alabama

The Birmingham News / Stan Diel

“More than 150 certified coondogs are buried there. It doesn’t happen every day!” — Valerie Sweeney Sellers

The Doll’s Head Trail in Atlanta

“Creepy doll body parts and strange abandoned broken toys scattered along an otherwise lovely path through the woods at the site of an abandoned brick factory where the ‘lakes’ where you walk are in made of ancient clay pits that were dug so deep they are now filled with water. Everything about this place is weird!” — Amy Starkey’s Bible

Old Town Jail in Charleston, South Carolina

“Not exactly weird, but it’s the scariest place I’ve been to. Great touring and narration by Bulldog Tours!” — Ronna McClure

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

“It’s weird/weird, but it’s also one of the best places. It’s such a great island!” — Karen McKenzie

Cafe Lambert in Foley, Alabama

“It’s nicknamed ‘the house of the tossed buns’ because a few guys are walking around with trays of buns that smell so good. They’re shouting ‘who wants a bun? and of course you raise your hand. They don’t bring it to you — they throw it at you! The food was good too. — Regina Weldon

Mule throwing at Flora-Bama

Shirtless man in hulu skirt throwing fish on beach with people in foreground

(Laurence Specker)

“The annual Mullet Toss at Flora-Bama. A bunch of drunken folks seeing who can throw a dead fish the farthest! Classic Southern entertainment right there.” — Valerie Sweeney Sellers

Livermush Festival in Shelby, North Carolina

“Not only is it a weird food, but having a whole festival dedicated to it…” -Kelly Roberts

Company, Alabama

“They’re obsessed with boll weevils, which destroyed the cotton crops back then, causing them to produce peanuts and make the area prosper. They have boll weevil statues all over town for representing different companies. The most recent is Ronald McWeevil, and he’s terrifying.” — Shalene Schmidt

A. Schwab Trading Co. in Memphis, Tennessee

“You might get a statue of Mary, voodoo potions, and overalls.” — DK House

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