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.

Two Sides of the Mountain: The Controversial History of Georgia’s Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Nearly fifty years after its completion, the South’s largest stone relief memorial still draws plenty of attention in both crowds and controversy

Alexander Stephens, Vice President to a Failing Nation

Crawfordville, Georgia

Fully supportive of slavery but resistant to secession, Alexander Stephens believed in and fought for a state’s right to both

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Three

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; Itawamba County, Mississippi; Birmingham, Alabama

Rebels, musical visionaries, but still country girls at heart, the women who built country music took their own paths to success

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part Two

Butcher Hollow, KY; Winchester, VA; McMinnville, TN

These country music icons paved the way with each teardrop and heartbreak they sang

The Women Who Built Country Music: Part One

Hot Springs, AR; Scott County, VA; Nashville, TN

More than pretty faces and sweet Southern voices, these influential guitarists and hardworking performers showed the world of country music that women musicians could hold their own

Beauty in the Battlements: Confederate Artist Conrad Wise Chapman

Hampton, Virginia

Largely forgotten following the South’s defeat, Conrad Wise Chapman left an extraordinary legacy in the form of thirty-one war-time paintings

New Iberia, City on the Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

A lively place of culture, celebrations, and great food, New Iberia didn’t become what it is today without a touch of heartache, loss, and coming through the fire

Close Encounters with Bonnie and Clyde

Wellington, Texas; Longview, Texas

As Public Enemy No. 1, the infamous Bonnie and Clyde both terrified and captivated the American public—but with some the story got a little to close to home

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