Saluda resident to host new PBS program

Published 11:49 am Tuesday, January 30, 2024

“America: The Land We Live In” to premiere Feb. 23 


SALUDA– Scott “Doc” Varn, a Saluda resident, is the host of a new PBS show entitled “America: The Land We Live In,” which will premiere on PBS stations on February 23. 

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The new PBS show aims to take viewers on a modern-day adventure to rediscover America’s hidden treasures, forgotten national wonders and rich history through the lens of a 19th-century travelogue, Picturesque America. This two-volume set of books describes and illustrates the scenery of America, and will be used as a guide. 

Varn and co-host Sophia Michelen will follow the clues in the book’s epic tales and intricate engravings to retrace the steps of the early adventurers who created America’s first travel guide. The hosts will venture off the beaten path on rugged adventures that take them whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking and fly fishing in North Carolina’s majestic mountains. The show will also showcase the preservation efforts of Varn’s non-profit Preserving a Picturesque America. 

Varn is the owner of Saluda Studios, located at 144 US Route 176. A Fine Arts and Media Arts graduate from the University of South Carolina, he has a long history of working with technology and the arts. He is also a long-time environmental educator, a Scoutmaster and a nature counselor. 

Saluda Studios is also home to Preserving A Picturesque America, a national nonprofit that is dedicated to building community through art and fellowship. PAPA “seeks out the places depicted in the Picturesque America series from over 150 years ago and creates new artwork that reflects their current level of protection,” its website says. Saluda Studios hosts receptions and art classes and acts as a spot to enjoy Saluda’s local hospitality. It includes ‘The Garden Suite,’ a vacation getaway for visitors looking to explore the town. 

“America: The Land We Live In” will be a must-watch show for anyone interested in the history, culture, and beauty of America’s hidden treasures and national wonders. The show will also be available for streaming on and the PBS App.