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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

The Life of Hank Williams: Tragedy and Legend

Montgomery, Alabama

Hank Williams not only sang country songs, but he lived the pains and joys of country music

Meet Me at Cotham’s

Scott, Arkansas

A hundred years old, built on piers out over a bayou, and one of former President Bill Clinton’s favorite places to meet and eat in his home state of Arkansas

Devil Anse Hatfield: The Man and the Name

Logan, West Virginia

The grisly Hatfield-McCoy feud of the mid-nineteenth century is undoubtedly the most well-known of American family wars, and Devil Anse the most iconic figure of the story (WITH AUDIO)

Charlottesville and UVA: The Past Rises from the Soil

Charlottesville, Virginia

Writer and former football coach Jay Paterno reflects on his time at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where “the voices of long ago yet speak”

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

The Problem with Pigs

Caldwell County, Texas

In the South, we love all things porcine, especially when we’re talking food. But throughout our region and especially in Texas, we are engaged in a battle with millions of the raucous, ravaging cousin of our beloved breakfast—the feral pig.

Kitty O’Brien Joyner, First Lady of Aeronautics

Charlottesville, Virginia

Going where no woman had gone before, Kitty O’Brien Joyner showed up right on time to lead her gender into the space race

7 Absolutely-Must-See-N-Do in Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Dig into the culture and cuisine waiting in Memphis, Tennessee, “land of the Delta blues”

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part One

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

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

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Four)

Corinth, Kentucky; Corinth, Mississippi; Corinth, Texas; Corinth, Arkansas

Like their Grecian namesake, the communities named Corinth in the American South often have a history of being first at something—or at least second or third

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

Easter Sweets: Pass on the Peeps?

Montgomery, Alabama

Why one famous Easter candy doesn’t make the “basket cut” in my house—but did make it into the arrangements

The Battle of Shiloh: Tryouts for the Greater Drama

Shiloh, Tennessee

Shiloh—the largest battle with the most casualties and the biggest impact of any battle in American history up to that point—was not really a turning point in the war, but it was a determining factor in the careers of many officers

Charleston, South Carolina: The Enduring Charm of the Gem of the Colonies

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s tempting to say Charleston has come a long way since its humble beginnings, but the truth is it’s exactly where its founders planned for it to be all along

Charlottesville, 1991: Dave Matthews Band’s Origin Story

Charlottesville, Virginia

Today Dave Matthews Band is one of the most iconic and recognizable bands of the ’90’s. But not so long ago, Dave Matthews was just the name of a bartender with a demo in one of our musical Southern cities.