Andi Reynolds

Andi Reynolds has been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 30 years. She's lived in several states with her husband Dennis and always two or three large dogs of some breed or variety. Her passions are cooking, reading and quilting.

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part One)

Montgomery, AL; Little Rock, AR; Tallahassee, FL; Atlanta, GA

Join Andi Reynolds as she takes us on a quick tour of some of the most important—and impressive—buildings in the South

Digging Deep: Southern Stone

The American South

Southern quarries may not be the most beautiful things in the world, but some of the most beautiful things in the world have certainly been made from their offerings

Childhood Dreams: Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina and Virginia

Camping was cheap in the 1950’s, and the Blue Ridge Parkway just an hour and a half away from home—it was a quick relaxing vacation for mom and dad, and a dream come true for two kids

Whitehaven: A Rest Stop Like No Other

Paducah, Kentucky

Here in Paducah, beauty meets practicality, old South softens modernity, and the western edge of nowhere Kentucky becomes some place really special

What Lies Beneath: The Origin of Reelfoot Lake

Tiptonville, Tennessee

The only natural lake in Tennessee, bird-loving Reelfoot Lake is evidence that massive topographical changes can happen nearly overnight

Noble in Character, Worthy in Deed: Uncle Cal and His Famous Racehorses

Lexington, Kentucky

Owner of both Exterminator and Merrick, Cal Milam may have been shrewd about racehorses, but he had a big heart

Clouds in the Fields: Texas Cotton

Lubbock, Texas

The Lone Star State is in the lead for a lot of things, and that includes modern production of the South’s most historically significant crop

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

Weeping and Wondering over the Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears State Park, Jackson, Missouri

A beautiful park—commemorating one of the darkest events in American history

Tradition and Taste: An Appalachian Christmas Breakfast

Flag Pond, Tennessee; Marshall, North Carolina

In 2013, my 82-year-old mother looked at her Christmas morning plate and said, “I’ve eaten this same meal on this same day for eighty consecutive years.”

Beating the Southern Plantation History Odds: Pebble Hill Plantation, Georgia

Thomasville, Georgia

Unlike most other antebellum homes, Pebble Hill Plantation has only seen blue skies and sunny weather. It’s like Biltmore, only it’s not a castle and it’s in the piney woods of southwestern Georgia instead of the mountains of North Carolina.

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