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.

Yes, Virginia, Yours Really Is the First Official Thanksgiving Holiday

Berkeley Plantation, Virginia

In the contest for First Thanksgiving holiday rights, the South wins!

Town Overnight: The Story of Stunning Guthrie, Oklahoma’s First Capital

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Once the center of all things Oklahoma, Guthrie remains to this day one of the loveliest Victorian towns in the South

Sweet Potatoes: Ain’t Nothin’ Better—Literally

Vardaman, Mississippi

Touted as the most valuable vegetable on the planet, the sweet potato has always been important to the South—and nowhere more so than in Mississippi’s Sweet Potato Capital of the World

There’s Gold in Those Hills

Odessa, West Virginia

From one surprising tree on a small West Virginia farm came an apple to delight the world

A Southern Halloween

The holiday, of course, is celebrated throughout America, but it looks like the South has a prior claim

“Come and Take It”

Gonzales, Texas

In defiance of Mexico’s tyrannical Santa Anna, the little town of Gonzales became the powder keg to ignite the war for Texas independence.

Doing It Right at the Capital Bar and Grill

Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock’s 145-year-old Capital Hotel has it all: Southern charm, luxurious accommodations, and a bar and grill that competes with the nation’s best

Southern State Songs That Stick in Your Head

Oklahoma, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky

If every state had a Ray Charles song or a James Taylor tune, there wouldn’t be a soul to forget it

The Great American Pyramid and the Bass Pro to Beat Them All

Memphis, Tennessee

Old World Egypt ain’t got nothing on us—our pyramids have stuff inside you can ride, eat, and buy

Pencil City USA

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Having stood the tests of time and technology, the good ol’ pencil is here to stay—and this Southern town has long been a primary supplier to America and the world

Alabama’s Gallant Pelham

Jacksonville, Alabama

“He was brave as Caesar and gentle as a girl . . . I never knew a better friend, a braver soldier”

Wishing You Were Here: Lookout Mountain in Pictures

Chattanooga, Tennessee

While it lasted, this was undoubtedly one of the best—and craziest—places in the South to get your picture made