Emily Glaser

A native of North Carolina, Emily graduated from Davidson College in 2012 and immediately embarked on a years-long Californian adventure. With an undying habit of threading Southernisms into conversation and an aversion to eternal sunshine, she knew she would never feel at home in San Diego. And so Emily returned to the South. She now lives in her favorite town in America, Asheville, where she delights in antiquing, discovering coffee shops, and exploring the real outdoors—without all those palm trees.

Secret City USA: Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Nearly overnight this east Tennessee town of 75,000 sprang up, complete with schools, churches, and theaters—and a top-secret project that would change the world

See Rock City: The Greatest Ad Campaign in the South

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Between God and his wife, they had come up with a fantastic creation—now all he had to do was figure out how to get folks to come see it

The Devil’s Backbone: Early Days on the Natchez Trace

Natchez, Mississippi

We Americans don’t have many ancient landmarks to our names—but there is always the Natchez Trace

Big Jean’s River Road Re-Mix: The Comeback Kid of Sunflower County

Ruleville, Mississippi

A family-run, home-cookin’, old-fashioned diner is a centerpiece of most Southern towns—thanks to Jean Wilkins, Ruleville has got theirs back

Where the Hearth Is: The Historic Homes of Natchez, Mississippi (Part One)

Natchez, Mississippi

Today the historic architecture of Natchez on the Mississippi is unsurpassed as a testament to the beauty of bygone plantation culture

Vollis Simpson and the Whirligig Wonders of Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

In North Carolina at least, one man’s junk may well be another man’s hand-crafted creation-in-waiting

Social Aid and Brass Parades: The Ever-Evolving Traditions of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

The joyous, raucous, and colorful sounds of the second line parade are still on the move with a fascinating history and a hopeful future for the Crescent City

Just When You Thought You Knew a Southern Accent, Dere’s Yat

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of a dozen dialects that spill from the mouths of NOLA natives, this “who-dat” language of the Big Easy has some surprising connections

Up from the Mississippi Mud: Friars Point and the Delta Blues

Friars Point, Mississippi

Friars Point still stands as testament to the good things that can rise from hard times

12 Days in Bristol

Bristol, Tennessee

Johnny Cash on the Bristol Sessions: “the single most important event in the history of country music”

How Peanuts Saved the South

Tuskegee, Alabama

George Washington Carver pushed the peanut to prominence in the South—and saved the region

Mule Tales and Nightingales: How America Got Some of Her Biggest Laughs

Nacogdoches, Texas

Three brothers, one mule, and a Texas-sized sense of humor is all it took to add up to one of America’s funniest acts