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Chattanooga and Her Choo Choo

Chattanooga, Tennessee

From first north-south train to first gold record to luxury hotel, the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” has a bigger story than it tells at first listen

The South’s Most Haunted City? Savannah, to Be Sure

Savannah, Georgia

One of the oldest cities in America, Savannah has this ghost thing in the bag—parks, cemeteries, houses, and hospitals that look beautiful by day—and will totally creep you out by night

Secret City USA: Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Nearly overnight this east Tennessee town of 75,000 sprang up, complete with schools, churches, and theaters—and a top-secret project that would change the world

What the South Taught This Yankee

If he or she travels enough or lives long enough in the South, even a Yankee can start to catch on to some of the, ahem, particularities of Southern living

Whitehaven: A Rest Stop Like No Other

Paducah, Kentucky

Here in Paducah, beauty meets practicality, old South softens modernity, and the western edge of nowhere Kentucky becomes some place really special

Off the Field and into Eternity: The Legacy of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (Part Two)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Jay Paterno remembers his family’s connection with one of the greatest college football coaches of all time and the lasting impression that connection has made

What Lies Beneath: The Origin of Reelfoot Lake

Tiptonville, Tennessee

The only natural lake in Tennessee, bird-loving Reelfoot Lake is evidence that massive topographical changes can happen nearly overnight

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

The Silent Witness of Windsor Ruins: The Story of a Southern Plantation

Port Gibson, Mississippi

Twenty-three massive Corinthian columns in the middle of rural Mississippi are all that remain of one of the grandest plantation houses in the South

By Air, Land, and Bea’s: Discovering Chattanooga Top to Bottom

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Whether you’re on top of Lookout Mountain, deep below in Ruby Falls Cave, or somewhere delightfully in between, there’s always something to love in Chattanooga

The Devil’s Backbone: Early Days on the Natchez Trace

Natchez, Mississippi

We Americans don’t have many ancient landmarks to our names—but there is always the Natchez Trace

A Doctor, a Murder, and the Attorney General: Auburn’s Most Unlikely Story

Natchez, Mississippi

Here in the South, we love our old homes, but we sometimes forget they represent the intersection of dozens of lives—and just as many surprising stories