Alabama

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

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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Why is football in the South a veritable religion? Among other reasons is the enduring effect upon both the sport and the section by the “Bear” of Alabama.

In Defense of Honeysuckle

Montgomery, Alabama

Honeysuckle may be almost synonymous with Southern springs and summers, but that doesn’t mean it is universally beloved down here

Lizards, Whales, and Bedtime Tales: In Praise of a Southern Dad

Montgomery, Alabama

The story of one Southerner’s dad who had a bad case of a contagious love for learning

Moulton, Alabama: Past, Present, and Future

Moulton, Alabama

From its beginnings as a wayside inn on the red dirt roads of a brand-new Alabama, Moulton has been a good place to stop and visit—and a good place to live

Gorgeous Gaineswood

Demopolis, Alabama

With nothing but a dogtrot cabin for a starting point, amateur architect Bryan Whitfield created the neoclassical home of the century

How Peanuts Saved the South

Tuskegee, Alabama

George Washington Carver pushed the peanut to prominence in the South—and saved the region

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

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

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

Fun on the Farm: Pursell Farms of Sylacauga, Alabama

Sylacauga, Alabama

Escape to Pursell Farms, a family run “farm” turned luxurious resort set amid scenic calm in Sylacauga, Alabama

Monroeville and the Mockingbird

Monroeville, Alabama

Take the trek to Monroeville, Alabama, to learn more about famed writer Harper Lee, and do it soon. Spring is the time to get the most out of a sojourn to “Alabama’s Literary Capital,” since the annual production of the To Kill a Mockingbird play is put on each April and May.