Lisa Lakey

Lisa Lakey is a freelance writer living in central Arkansas with her husband and two children. She considers herself a true Southern girl who loves humid summers, cowboy boots, fried green tomatoes, and SEC Football.

A Sea-Worthy Celebration: The Mobile Bay Jubilee

Fairhope, Alabama

It’s one of the craziest things you’ve ever seen: shrimp, crab, eel, flounder—whatever’s been swimming deep in the Bay—all doing their best to get out of the water and into your bucket

Let No Child Fail: The Educational Endeavors of Marietta Johnson

Fairhope, Alabama

Finding a community of like-minded idealists in Fairhope, Marietta Johnson created an environment of learning where children were free to be children and each child’s unique personality was welcomed and cultivated

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Four)

Independence, MO; Karnack, TX; Plains, GA; Midland, TX

These Southern examples of humility and grace didn’t take their leading lady roles lightly. More than just charming hostesses, these ladies served as Presidential confidantes, advisors, and far more.

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Three)

Greeneville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Culpepper, VA; Savannah, GA; Wytheville, VA

Lisa Lakey presents five more snapshots of these notable Southern ladies and their crucial role in the leadership of our nation

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Two)

Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY

While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part One)

Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee

Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil

What’d You Say? 6 Southern Sayings Deciphered

Here’s hoping you’re finer than frog’s hair and happy as a dead pig in the sunshine

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Springfield’s Miracle League

Springfield, Missouri

They say miracles happen every day if you only look for them—but rather than looking for one, the city of Springfield, Missouri, took matters into their own hands

Where to Get Your Kicks: Springfield’s Own Route 66

Springfield, Missouri

There’s nowhere better to celebrate the Mother Road than in Springfield—where it all got kicked off to begin with

5 Southern Christmas Light Displays You Can’t Miss

Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; McAdenville, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida

From Texas to Florida, the South is all lit up with Christmas. Here are five of the Christmas-lights best!

Christmas in Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

At no other time does Frederick’s hospitality shine as it does during the holiday season—so here are five ways Frederick shines brightly at Christmas

A Tribute to Troop: The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard

Cherokee, Alabama

Nearly eighty years and more than three hundred coon dogs later, Troop’s final resting spot has become a mecca for coon hunters and their “best friends”

One Stitch at a Time: The Beauty and Heartbreak of Holy Sews

Little Rock, Arkansas

From one mother to another, every layette is a small token that says “we’ve been there”

Frightful Frederick: 5 Places to Scare in Maryland’s Most Haunted City

Frederick, Maryland

With a history permeated with both Revolutionary and Civil War tales of bravery and valor, picturesque Frederick hides a darker story or two

Biking Through Athens: The Original Twilight

Athens, Georgia

There’s more than one way to revitalize a downtown—in Athens it all happens when the sun goes down

Flying Above It All: The Story of Bessie Coleman

Atlanta, Texas

In the early days, women didn’t fly; and it was thought that a black woman never would. But all that was before Bessie Coleman came along.

Of Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation: The University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Think University of Georgia at Athens is #1? You’re right: She beat out every other school by being the first state-supported university in the nation.