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Wild Bill Hickok and the Mother of All Shootouts

Springfield, Missouri

Hollywood may have glorified the main-street gunfight of the Old West, but all fiction has at least one foot in reality—Wild Bill was the real deal

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Wild Bill Hickok and the Mother of All Shootouts

Springfield, Missouri

Hollywood may have glorified the main-street gunfight of the Old West, but all fiction has at least one foot in reality—Wild Bill was the real deal

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Come discover what lies just off the beaten path of the Main Street of America

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Carson McCullers and the Telling of Southern Small Towns

Columbus, Georgia

She was a writer only the American South could have produced, and only by the inspiration of the South of her time could she have produced the varied, gripping, and often harrowing stories she wrote

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Christmas in Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

At no other time does Frederick’s hospitality shine as it does during the holiday season—so here are five ways Frederick shines brightly at Christmas

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Barbara Frietchie, Heroine of Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland

To this day Barbara Frietchie is celebrated in Frederick with horse and motorcycle races, hams, canned vegetables, and chocolates named after her—all bearing witness to the power of a poem

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Naming Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Which Frederick is Frederick named for? The likeliest winner comes in last under other categories.

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Yes, Virginia, Yours Really Is the First Official Thanksgiving Holiday

Berkeley Plantation, Virginia

In the contest for First Thanksgiving holiday rights, the South wins!

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Notes from the Fair

Montgomery, Alabama

For many in the South, lasting memories are made each year at their annual state fair

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155 Years of The Great Frederick Fair

Frederick, Maryland

Over a century and a half later, amidst bright lights and carnival rides, the core mission of the Great Frederick Fair remains the same: agricultural education

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Cold Turkey: Turkey Shoots, a Southern Autumnal Tradition

Beaufort, South Carolina

The shooting of actual turkeys expired long ago—their heads replaced with paper targets—but the shoot-out remains a tradition across America, especially in South Carolina’s low country

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Mountain Cornbread: As It Should Be

Madison County, North Carolina

This “new way” to do cornbread showed up over a hundred years ago, but it’s the old way and the only way for some

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A Tribute to Troop: The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard

Cherokee, Alabama

Nearly eighty years and more than three hundred coon dogs later, Troop’s final resting spot has become a mecca for coon hunters and their “best friends”

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The Legend of the Black Panther

Montgomery, Alabama

Are there giant black cats roaming around Alabama?

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One Stitch at a Time: The Beauty and Heartbreak of Holy Sews

Little Rock, Arkansas

From one mother to another, every layette is a small token that says “we’ve been there”

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The Battle of Monocacy: The Day Early Was Late

Frederick, Maryland

The Confederates were on the road to Washington with little to stop them—except a river and a future author with no chance of winning a battle

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Southern Cocktails

New Orleans, Louisiana; Louisville, Kentucky

5 of the best with origins in the South—these fermented favorites have been keeping folks happy for a good long time

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Savor the Scenic City: Best Bites in Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While you’re taking in the sights and having fun on the run, feed body and soul at these hottest of spots in the ’Noog