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My Hometown: Johnson City, Tennessee

Lottie Ryans didn't have to go far to find a diverse place with an arts scene and scrumptious barbecue to raise her three daughters. She settled with her husband in her own hometown.

By Caren Oppenheim

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Rocky Mount Museum
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Great museums are also in the area, including Rocky Mount. It's a historic site where forces fighting for America during the Revolutionary War were provided with supplies like gunpowder, horses, blankets, and food. It now has tours led by interpreters dressed in period costumes. There's a blacksmith shop, a working kitchen, and a weaving cabin where you can watch demos. It's an interesting glimpse into life here in the late 1700s.

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