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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 • • • • • • • • • H I S T O R I C & C U L T U R A L V E N U E S Hear the "gospel," or a Country Music tune, at the "Mother Church of Country Music." Ryman Auditorium hosted the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 – 1974 and is now open for special events. Take a walk with the Ducks at the Peabody Memphis. The historic hotel is probably best known for a custom dating back to the 1930s, "The Peabody Ducks." The original ducks have long since gone, but after 80 years, the marble fountain in the hotel lobby is still graced with ducks. The Peabody ducks march at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. The Brawley House in Mooresville, just north of Charlotte, is a Victo- rian styled house, gardens and his- torical venue for gatherings. Celebrate a century of history at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, which will celebrate 100 years of historic hospitality in 2015. The architecture and furnishings as well as the 4.5 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds exude Southern hospitality. Portraits, a permanent history exhibit, help to tell the story of the Duke family and the mansion. Find unity at the Old Salem Muse- ums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, which encompasses 100 acres of restored and reclaimed landscapes, buildings and gardens from the area's original Moravian settlers. Of the treasures at Old Salem, view the original 12-foot-high teapot that stands today as a symbol for the city. Shuffle back to the 1950s at the Elm Street Center in downtown Greensboro. The building was originally built in 1949 for Ellis Stone, a locally owned department store. Years later the building was sold to the Thal- heimers Department stores who remained at the location until 1975. Today, the center houses two gor- geous ball- rooms: The Empire Room and The Re- gency Room, as well as more intimate spaces for special events. Declare your political position in historic downtown Raleigh, a city that was specifically developed as the state's capital. Among the must-see places is the Capital Club Building, which offers a Grand Ballroom on a top floor. The ballroom was the hub of Raleigh's political, financial and social life for many decades and now showcases its original hardwood floors, 14-foot ceilings and Art Deco moldings as they were in 1930. Rule like a governor at the Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens in New Bern, the state's original Governor's Palace, gardens, historic homes, and the new state-of-the-art North Carolina History Center. The palace is one of the many historic sites in New Bern, which was the original capital city of the state prior to Raleigh. Make a stop at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Built in 1937, the depot was restored and re-opened in 2004 and is available for events and gatherings. The great hall, with its exposed wood trusses, plank flooring, brick walls and sliding freight doors, is a reminder of the glory days of train travel. Stand tall among the early American archi- tecture, gas-lit lamps and cobblestone streets of his- toric Charleston as the city has practically no tall buildings. This is due to the height restriction ordinance that keeps buildings from being taller than church steeples. Along with historic churches, homes and buildings that are hundreds of years old remain intact in Charleston, including the Francis Marion Hotel. Turn the pages of history at the South Carolina State Museum, the Palmetto state's largest and most comprehen- sive museum located along the banks of the beautiful Con- garee River in down- town Columbia. Sip a glass of lemonade while rocking on the sun-kissed porch of the Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens. Located in the historic district of Spartanburg, the 1913 Colonial home is accented not only with spacious porches but with stately columns and opulent fireplaces. Perform a theatrical number at the Peace Cen- ter For The Performing Arts in Greenville. ➤ North Carolina South Carolina • • •