Ben House

Ben House teaches history and literature at Veritas Classical Christian Academy in Texarkana, Arkansas. Much of his teaching, reading, and writing, and many of his rabbit trails in lectures are about Southern life. Ben is married to Stephanie, and they have four children.

Patsy Cline and Country Music’s Saddest Day

Winchester, Virginia

Over 50 years after her tragic death on March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline remains one of the greatest female singers of all time

George Washington and His Political Battles

Mount Vernon, Virginia

The political battles between Washington and Jefferson remind us that political conflict is not new

John B. Hood: The Confederacy’s Gallant Failure

Franklin, Tennessee

Unquestionable bravery and battle field victories did not insure John B. Hood’s success when he commanded the Army of Tennessee

How Jackson Became Stonewall

Manassas, Virginia

Southern General Bernard Bee helped to create the Stonewall Jackson legend, but was that his intent?

Robert E. Lee: The Man and His Horses

Lexington, Virginia

Perhaps no one served General Lee so faithfully during his Civil War years as his devoted horses, Traveller and Lucy Long

The Story of Country Music in Tennessee

Bristol, Nashville, and Memphis, Tennessee

With ancestry as deep as Scotland’s dales, today’s international country music scene was bred and born in Tennessee

The Homecoming: The Waltons’ Christmas Eve Story

Schuyler, Virginia

A whole generation of Americans grew to love the stories of a Virginia family during the Great Depression after the showing of this Christmas movie

Christmas Time’s A-Comin’: Bluegrass Music’s Greatest Christmas Song

Coahoma, Texas

Memories of Christmas back home in Texas inspired a research scientist in New England to write a bluegrass hit

Giving the South Credit for Thanksgiving

Jacksonville, Florida; Jamestown, Virginia; Berkeley Hundred, Virginia

Yes, the Pilgrims and their Indian neighbors celebrated Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock—but thanksgiving celebrations had already been occurring in the Southern regions for some time earlier

They Called Them Feist: The Southern Breed of Dogs

Texarkana, Arkansas

Once the most common dog found in these parts, these short, energetic, scrappy canines have played a prominent role in the history and literature of the South

The Silent Witness of Windsor Ruins: The Story of a Southern Plantation

Port Gibson, Mississippi

Twenty-three massive Corinthian columns in the middle of rural Mississippi are all that remain of one of the grandest plantation houses in the South

Gone with the Wind—After How Many Years?

Atlanta, Georgia

We’re betting you’ve seen the epic movie, but have you ever read the book? Writer Ben House thinks it’s time to ’fess up.