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.

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

Natchez on the Bluffs: Coming in First Again and Again

Natchez, Mississippi

You may be surprised how many times Natchez, Mississippi, has come in first throughout her history

Dorian Shores in the Delta: Dunleith Plantation

Natchez, Mississippi

As Greek as Greek revival can possibly go, this Natchez mansion dominates the antebellum plantation scene as much as it did a century and a half ago.

10 Texas Courthouses in All Their Glory: Part Two

Lockhart, Dallas, Victoria, Denton, and Gatesville, Texas

Standing Texas tall and proud, here are five more century-old architectural masterpieces scattered across the Lone Star State

10 Texas Courthouses in All Their Glory: Part One

Fort Worth, Marshall, Waxahachie, Marfa, and San Antonio, Texas

With scores of historic beauties to choose from, we’ve narrowed the scope to ten of the best historic courthouses in the architecturally-rich state of Texas

Will the Real Watermelon Capital of the World Please Stand Up?

Cordele, Georgia; Hope, Arkansas; Luling, Texas; Rush Springs, Oklahoma

From Georgia to Texas, Southern states celebrate watermelon goodness and greatness—who gets the title of Watermelon King?

Moulton, Alabama: Past, Present, and Future

Moulton, Alabama

From its beginnings as a wayside inn on the red dirt roads of a brand-new Alabama, Moulton has been a good place to stop and visit—and a good place to live

Gorgeous Gaineswood

Demopolis, Alabama

With nothing but a dogtrot cabin for a starting point, amateur architect Bryan Whitfield created the neoclassical home of the century

Blueberry, Texas: Where the Best Berries by Far Are the Blue Ones

Nacogdoches, Texas

Good and good for you, the Southern-loved blueberry gets to have his own big-time woohoo party at the annual Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, Texas

Architectural Grace for Rent

Starkville, Mississippi

The Cotton District of Starkville, Mississippi, where designer/builder/landlord Dan Camp was doing the best of New Urban design before New Urbanism had a name.

Beast Butler and Order 28

New Orleans, Louisiana

There are few names more detested in the South than that of Sherman, but General Benjamin Butler once ran him a close second

Arkansas Cotton in the Boll

Arkansas

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