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.

The Hero in the Feathered Hat: JEB Stuart

Ararat, Virginia

The “eyes and ears” of Robert E. Lee, the dashing General “Jeb” Stuart became not only a legendary hero but the symbol of all the Confederacy eventually lost

Hops and Pints: C’ville Breweries

Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville may only have a handful of breweries, but they all exude the authentic charm and overall coolness of this historic college town

A Southern Easter: White Shoes, Dogwood Blooms, and Egg Hunts on the Courthouse Lawn

Easter in the South may look a lot like Easter everywhere, but then again, as in other things, it has always had its own distinctives too

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Home to Founding Father Thomas Jefferson and the University he designed, this one-more-beautiful Virginia city winks out a few surprises for the uninitiated

10 Historic Homes Gracing Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

From charming bungalows to stately mansions, several homes throughout Charleston hold bits and pieces of stories that makeup the city’s history

Irish Sports, Southern Twang

Nashville, Tennessee

If you traveled the globe you wouldn’t likely see a group of Southerners playing Irish sports with the Parthenon as a backdrop. Unless you’re at Centennial Park in Nashville, that is.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Like any great Southern town, Charleston, West Virginia, has plenty of stories to tell. Some you’ve heard; others . . . maybe not.

From Siam to the South: The Original Siamese Twins

Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Born into a world that saw them as cursed, the “original” Siamese twins became Southern businessmen, farmers, husbands, and fathers

A Life in Mourning: Flora Cooke Stuart

Staunton, Virginia

Heroes get the glory they deserve, but their wives and widows courageously pay their own dear price for it all

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