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.

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

Cane River Cotton and the Old Oakland Plantation

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Two and a quarter centuries ago, one of America’s earliest cotton plantations set up shop near Natchitoches on the Cane River, and it thrives today as the South’s most authentic example of French Creole plantation life

Carolina Love Songs

North Carolina & South Carolina

Peppered among Billboard tunes about big cities and bustling sidewalks, you’ll find countless heartfelt odes to the beautiful lands of Caroline

The Literary Battles of Faulkner and Hemingway

Oxford, Mississippi

Faulkner and Hemingway dominated the literary scene of the early and mid-twentieth century, but their adverse styles were a point of contention and prideful conflict.

The Tale of the Texas Two-Step

Pasadena, Texas

Call it a hoedown, a barn dance, or square dancing, the Texas Two-Step has always been an integral part of the country-western dance scene.

The Making of Mark Twain

Hannibal, Missouri

Would Mark Twain have been Mark Twain without the name? It was another one of history’s close calls.

General Lee and Santa Claus

Lee was a shrewd general, yes, but also a kindhearted man with a love for children—as well as, apparently, a personal acquaintance with good ol’ St. Nick himself!

The Poinsettia’s Southern Progenitor

Greenville, South Carolina

When Joel Roberts Poinsett, an American diplomat and botanist on assignment in Mexico, first sighted a roadside poinsettia in 1828, he immediately sent cuttings back to his greenhouse in Greenville. The rest is history.

Slow and Low: The Original South Carolina Barbecue

South Carolina

Every Southern state tries to claim the title of Best Barbecue, but in South Carolina the proof is in the facts. With the longest history and the largest variety of sauces, SC is the uncontested capital of slow and low barbecue.

Citrus Christmas: A Sweet Southern Tradition

For generations, stretching back further than our history books, we Southerners have filled our Christmas stockings with sweet, seasonal citrus. But why?

Cold Turkey: Turkey Shoots, a Southern Autumnal Tradition

Beaufort, South Carolina

The shooting of actual turkeys expired long ago—their heads replaced with paper targets—but the shoot-out remains a tradition across America, especially in South Carolina’s low country

The Search for Scarlett

Atlanta, Georgia

We all associate Scarlett O’Hara with the raven curls and feline grin of Vivien Leigh, but the visage of our most famous belle was almost a different one entirely