Bill Izard

Bill Izard resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, and is managing editor for PorterBriggs.com. He's lived in the South fifty of his fifty-three years (he got lost in Cincinnati for three years one time) and loves early morning mountain climbs, river valley sunrises, and a good story to chew on any time day or night.

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part Three

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; San Antonio, TX; Roanoke, VA; Harper’s Ferry, WV

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

Charles Willson Peale: Artist of the American Revolution

Chester, Maryland

A man of the times, Charles Willson Peale rose from poverty not only to participate in the birth of a nation but to paint its portrait along the way

Julius Freyhan

St. Francisville, Louisiana

When persecution drove Julius Freyhan from Europe to tiny St. Francisville, Louisiana, he found he had as much to give to this small Southern town as America had given to him.

Why Napoleon Sold Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Haiti’s struggle today against tyranny, poverty, and misery is known the world wide, but it was their courageous struggle for freedom two hundred years ago that helped determine the fate of the West.

Downtown in the Oldest Town in Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas

Folks have been coming to and through Nacogdoches for a long time, and for good reason—it’s not only the Gateway to the rest of Texas but one of the state’s finest jewels

A Southern Paris: Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas

One hundred miles northeast of Dallas, the “second largest Paris in the world” stands tall and proud to be.

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part One

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

Gee’s Bend, Alabama

Boykin, Alabama

Strong and determined like the river that quilts their tiny community, the creative folks of Gee’s Bend have a story to tell—and a good way of telling it.

Arkansas Cotton in the Boll

Arkansas

A two-hundred-year-old love affair with cotton still reaps great rewards for the Natural State

Two Miles Long and Two Yards Wide

St. Francisville, Louisiana

From the Spanish moss hanging from ancient oaks to the French, Spanish, and English architecture and landscape design, little St. Francisville holds far more than its fair share of Southern delights.

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part Two)

Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas

Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home

America’s Appalachian Manor

Asheville, North Carolina

George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore has been from the beginning not only a millionaire’s dream home but one of America’s most fascinating works of art