Going on Faith

Winter 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 7 RUBY FALLS TO IMPLEMENT IMPROVEMENTS FOR CENTENNIAL BECKY THATCHER HOUSE REOPENS AS PART OF MARK TWAIN MUSEUM COMPLEX CHATANOOGA, Tennessee — Leading up to its centennial in 2020, Ruby Falls is working with St. Louis-based design firm PGAV Destinations to improve the visitor experience. Planned amenities include new, thematic retail and dining attrac- tions; an immersive multimedia experience; an outdoor plaza and seating area; improved parking; a new observation deck from which to enjoy sunsets and sunrises; improved staff facilities; and enhanced ticketing services. Construction on the new features is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017 and be finished in early 2018. Ruby Falls features a 145-foot waterfall located 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain — America's deepest commercial cave and tallest underground waterfall open to the public. www.rubyfalls.com HANNIBAL, Missouri — The Becky Thatcher House, one of several structures throughout Hannibal that are part of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, recently reopened after a major resto- ration. The house, across the street from the early boyhood home of author Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, was home to Laura Hawkins, who Twain said was the real life inspiration for his fictitious Becky Thatcher, the love interest of Tom Sawyer. The reinvigorated Becky Thatcher House gives a glimpse at life in the 19th-century Midwest, and visitors can assume the roles of Thatcher, Sawyer, Jim and Huckleberry Finn. Among the new artifacts, graphics, media and interactive exhibits are custom images of Twain's characters throughout the house cre- ated by local illustrator Brenda Beck. www.marktwainmuseum.org NEWS W O R T H Y

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