Roadside America


Join me as I explore the quirky, offbeat, and iconic places that make America unique

Sweeney's Grocery and Hunting Supplies Store, 13238 Catoctin Furnace Road outside Thurmont, Maryland.

Roadside Grocery

Sweeney’s Grocery and Hunting Supplies Store, 13238 Catoctin Furnace Road outside Thurmont, Maryland. Check out that old Pepsi sign. One thing’s for sure, you know there’s no shortage of soda here.

Brick ad for Wheeling Office Supply Co, 1420 Market St, Wheeling, West Virginia.

Wheeling Office Supply Brick Ad

Brick ad for Wheeling Office Supply Co, 1420 Market St, Wheeling, West Virginia. Been in business since 1945, so this technically isn’t a ghost sign.

Stained glass mosaic 'Maryland’s Bounty' by artist Cheryl Foster at National Harbor, Maryland.

Admiral of the Chesapeake

The commissioned admiral of the Chesapeake Bay, Earl White (1919-2004), ‘Black Pearl of the Chesapeake’, holding a skipjack boat’s wheel immortalized in the stained glass mosaic ‘Maryland’s Bounty’ by artist Cheryl Foster at National Harbor, Maryland. Earl died in 2004 at the age of 85.

Gorgeous neon lights at the Silver Diner in Springfield, Virginia.

Silver Diner Neon Sign

Gorgeous neon sign for the Silver Diner, 6592 Springfield Mall in Springfield, Virginia. The Silver Diner is a chain of 1950s style diner-restaurants founded by Bob Giaimo and Ype Von Hengst in 1989 in Rockville, Maryland.

Ghost sign for America's Cup Coffee superimposed over a Coca-Cola sign on the side of Pat's Lounge, 2019 Western Avenue in Mattoon, Illinois.

America’s Cup Coffee

Ghost sign for America’s Cup Coffee superimposed over a Coca-Cola sign on the side of Pat’s Lounge, 2019 Western Avenue in Mattoon, Illinois. America’s Cup Coffee was a brand of coffee grounds sold by Peoria wholesaler Oakford & Fahnestock.

Statue of Rosie the Riveter by artist Ivan Schwartz in National Harbor, Maryland.

We Can Do It!

Statue of Rosie the Riveter by artist Ivan Schwartz in National Harbor, Maryland. It is based on a popular patriotic World War 2 poster drawn by Norman Rockwell.

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