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.

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.

True Grit: A Western Set in Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fight the bad guys, rescue the girl, right the wrongs, and tame the frontier—you don’t have to go any further than Arkansas to find a West wild enough for a blockbuster story

The Life of Hank Williams: Tragedy and Legend

Montgomery, Alabama

Hank Williams not only sang country songs, but he lived the pains and joys of country music

The Battle of Shiloh: Tryouts for the Greater Drama

Shiloh, Tennessee

Shiloh—the largest battle with the most casualties and the biggest impact of any battle in American history up to that point—was not really a turning point in the war, but it was a determining factor in the careers of many officers

George Washington and His Political Battles

Mount Vernon, Virginia

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

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

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