You grow up, get a job, move out on your own to a place that allows pets, pay your own way. If the landlord doesn't allow it you don't want to jeopardize your families current housing.
I'm not that far South, but in West Virginia, there are many historical sites to visit....too many to list! If you're coming in the fall, it'll be that much better with the leaves changing! As far as good food....plenty of places to find authentic regional food!