Mike Walker

Mike Walker is a journalist based in Savannah, Georgia who writes extensively for the Eastern European press as well as the American media. His work has appeared in Croatia Week, InSerbia, Coal Hill Review, Slate, SEE: A Fortnight in Review, The Moscow Times, Top-Soccer, Gently Read Literature, Valdosta Today, The Bold Italic, Untapped Cities, Goldenseal, and elsewhere. He is from Virginia originally and holds a BFA in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design where he currently is a student in the MFA program in Writing. He's also a nationally-certified coach in the sports of track and field, soccer, and basketball.

Coal: The Sustaining Bedrock of Appalachia

Ronceverte, West Virginia, and Clifton Forge, Virginia

The future of coal may be in somewhat of a state of flux, but currently coal lives on, as does its deep and lasting impression on Appalachian society

The Celebrated Sweet Springs of Eastern West Virginia

Sweet Springs, West Virginia

One of the finest in the world in its nineteenth-century heyday, this is one spring-based resort that may be headed for a comeback

How Industry Changed the South: A Story of Three Cities

Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

Cities in the post-War South had something to prove: To be wealthy and successful, you didn’t have to live on a plantation with acres of land in the country

Tybee Island: Georgia’s Little Island Paradise

Tybee Island, Georgia

The easternmost point in all of Georgia, Tybee Island has been one of the state’s most popular resorts for nearly a century and a half

The Historic Charm and Significance of Bluffton, South Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

This great little Southern town was crucial to the early formation of South Carolina and remains a key community in Beaufort County today

Old Fort Jackson and Savannah in the Civil War

Savannah, Georgia

Built over 200 years ago, Georgia’s oldest brick fort stands as a memorial to Savannah’s part to play in a War that ravaged the South

Old Sheldon Church

Yemassee, South Carolina

Likely the first church in America to be built in temple style, Old Sheldon Church is an abridged history of South Carolina and, to some extent, the entire South

Southern Ports: The Maritime Backbone of Southern Economies

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

Maritime fortunes may be more associated with the seafaring towns of New England in the popular memory, but make no mistake about it, such trade built the South as well

Savannah’s Metropolitan District: History and Revival

Savannah, Georgia

Old but beautiful buildings and neighborhoods across the South are finding new life infused into them—and there are few better examples of this than Savannah

Rainbow Springs and the Rise of Florida’s Theme Park

Dunnellon, Florida

Exotic animals, submersible boats, man-made waterfalls, and even dancing and diving mermaids—before Disney, there was spectacular Rainbow Springs

Charleston: The Rise of a State, the Rise of a Capital City

Charleston, West Virginia

It was largely due to Charleston that there was ever a state of West Virginia to begin with

The Battle of Olustee: The Union’s Loss of Its Florida Ambitions

Lake City, Florida

You may not remember it, but Florida does—and in a big way every year: What the Union forces thought would be an easy Florida conquest was stopped dead in its tracks at Ocean Pond