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The Tenant from Hell
Book 1 in the Realtor Mystery Series
Casey Clark, property manager, is just trying to evict a bad tenant. Instead she is over her head in murder and mayhem

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Double Duplicity
Book 2 in the Realtor Mystery Series
Trouble  follows Casey like a raging fire.

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Missing-- Gone but not Forgotten

Based on the unsolved abduction of a little girl in a rural  Florida Community.

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Under a Bloody Flag

Kansas and Missouri were a "no man's land" in the days before the War between the States.

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Under a Black Flag
Kansas and Missouri heated to the boiling point during the War between the States. 

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For Want of a Ship
John Roy came to New Orleans looking  for peace instead he found war.

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Last Step
Last Step will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you gasping in surprise at the ending

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Kudzu shows you a different part of the South, past and present. Mystery with a touch of romance and a smidgen of paranormal.

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Wild about Florida: South FL
The Everglades swarm with wildlife from birds,  to mammals, to reptiles.

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Wild about Florida: Central FL
Central Florida has the ocean and gulf beaches much like other parts of Florida but in many other ways it is distinct and unique. 

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Wild About Florida: North FL
Come explore caves, hills, whitewater falls and lots of other fun things you didn't expect to find in Florida.

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Georgia's Ghostly Getaways 

Who is not fascinated by mysterious things that go bump in the night? Are there some places where departed souls still linger?

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Hosts With Ghosts
The South has long been famous for its Southern Hospitality. Hotels throughout Dixie vie with one another to offer their guests more service and more amenities. Many have guests that never depart.

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Finding Florida's Phantoms
Florida! The land of sunshine and wide-open beaches. But even the Sunshine State has its dark secrets. Places where centuries old spirits remain tied to earth. Beneath the facade of fun and make believe lurks the real Florida.

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Color Saint Augustine
This is a way to virtually visit Saint Augustine. It's a coloring book for grown ups (but kids will love it too.)  with an actual photo of the attractions in Saint Augustine. The opposite page is the same photo converted into a black and white line image for you to to color. It's 64 pages with 30 photos and 30 pages for you to color. On each photo and each color page there is a little about the story of the image . 

Isett Heritage Museum

Story and photos
by Kathleen Walls

Barn section of Isett Museum

I always love to know all the little secret stories about a place I visit. On a recent visit to Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, I got the entire condensed history of the area at the Isett Heritage Museum. I’m using condensed loosely as the museum is huge. There are three large buildings plus some outside artifacts all telling the local history. J. Melvin Isett and his wife, Beulah, began the museum after many years of collecting and a variety of service-related businesses in Huntingdon County. In 2001, shortly after Mr. Isett retired, he opened his collection to the public in a 1940 renovated barn on the property. In 2004 the museum expanded adding a ten thousand square foot building, and once again in 2008, added another ten thousand square foot building. The three buildings house a collection of over forty thousand items.


two newer buildings at isett heritage museum

Amy, the museum caretaker, greeted me at the barn, which is the starting point of the museum tour and the smallest of the buildings. She turned me over to Lonnie, the tour guide who was just starting a tour through the other buildings.

wheeled toys at Isett heritage museum

There’s a massive toys display. Lots of bicycles, tricycles, and mini-cars and tractors. There are several highchairs. One is a combination highchair and potty stool. It is like a normal highchair but had a pottie in the seat in case baby has an accident while eating. Another turns into a play table and chair set when the baby reaches an age not to need a highchair anymore.

toy exhibit at isett Heritage museum

There is a large doll collection My favorite here was the “Sticky Doll.” She is a baby doll dressed in a fluffy white dress and bonnet. These dolls were manufactured, mostly in the 1950s and 1960s, with a type of plastic called polyvinyl chloride. Lonnie explained Sticky Doll is kept in a glass case to protect, not only other dolls, but visitors to the museum from contamination with possible dangerous chemicals.

antique washing maxhines at isett heritage museum

There’s a washing machine display with old-time washers ranging from wooden wash tubs, one from 1900, to later wringer types. Some of the wooden ones have the classic wringer built in and others are just wooden tubs with a kind of churn device. Many have washboards sitting in them. The ones from the early 1950’s are the round metal ones that run on electricity not hand power.

jukeboxes at isett heritage museum

Musical artifacts abound. They range from photos, posters, and lots of musical instruments, including a guitar and baritone ukulele belonging to Grand Ole Opry star, Grandpa Jones. There are lots of old pianos. There are three perfect condition jukeboxes. Lonnie let me pick a song to play on one jukebox. I loved heard Fats Domino’s I’m Walking for the first time in years.

model trainat isett heritage museum

There’s an highly detailed model train that runs and sounds like the real thing. I loved the miniature model of the city. There’s even a large selection of antique vehicles.

veterans display at isett heritage museum

The third and largest building starts with a collection of cameras from the 1800’s to a few film ones that could still be in use. There’s a large section dedicated to veterans. It houses uniforms, weapons, letters, maps and assorted military items ranges from Civil War to present day.

cabin displaying gunsmith and cobbler at isett heritage museum

There’s an 1850 timber frame, tin roofed gunsmith shop and a shoemaker shop. The dentist office gave me the chills as it looked like all that was missing was the dentist himself ready to pull out a few teeth. A schoolroom from the days of one room schools was set up with assorted sized desk filled with lifelike dolls and a realistic mannequin at the teacher’s desk. The beauty parlor barber shop combination even had an old wooden wall phone and a razor strap for sharpening razors.

buggies at isett heritage museum

Dr. Phillip F. Dunn’s buggy sits ready to make his house calls. All it needs is the horse.
There’s a dressmaker section with several treadle machines and lots of stylish dress dating to the 1940s and ‘50s.

apache eagle popup rv at isett heritage museum

One of my favorites in this building is an Apache Eagle Popup all ready for camping complete with an old Coleman stove and lamp. Bunks are made up and folding chairs are set up alongside it. I’m not sure how old it is but Vesely manufactured the last Apache in 1987.

guid in raido dsplay at isett heritage museum

I returned to the barn and Lexis showed me around there. The barn contains a lot of electrical items and business items. There is an entire room full of old radios and phonographs ranging from stand-alone floor models to small table models.

diner display at isett heritage museum

A recreation of a typical diner of the day with a table set complete with plates of burgers and fries and a tasty Sunday for dessert.

coke machine at isett heritage museum

I noted a old Coke vending machine that was red and green. Lexie told me that Coke’s original marketing colors were red and green but when WWII broke out all the country’s green paint was needed for camouflage on army vehicles, so Coke switched to the present red, black, and white color scheme.

There is so much more in the museum that I could talk about in just one story. Just as there are so many more attractions to see in Huntingdon. I’ll just have to do another story later so stay tuned.
Those of us of a certain age will love this museum, as we’ll remember many of the artifacts as everyday items when we were younger. Younger folks will be amazed at how people could survive with such primitive tools.