Alabama

Blast Off! Huntsville’s Space & Rocket Center

Huntsville, Alabama

Head to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for a day filled with out-of-this-world fun

A Sea-Worthy Celebration: The Mobile Bay Jubilee

Fairhope, Alabama

It’s one of the craziest things you’ve ever seen: shrimp, crab, eel, flounder—whatever’s been swimming deep in the Bay—all doing their best to get out of the water and into your bucket

Let No Child Fail: The Educational Endeavors of Marietta Johnson

Fairhope, Alabama

Finding a community of like-minded idealists in Fairhope, Marietta Johnson created an environment of learning where children were free to be children and each child’s unique personality was welcomed and cultivated

Black Traditions in the Architecture of the South

Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana

The architectural traditions of the American black community is a fascinating part of our collective history

A Fair Hope of Success

Fairhope, Alabama

Tax law is not, as a general rule, an inspiring subject. For the good folks of Fairhope, Alabama, however, it’s nothing less than the reason for their existence.

Drawing Artists: The Aesthetic Pull of Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

When Fairhope was founded, its earliest residents intended the colony to draw the liberal, the open-minded, the thinkers and dreamers and artists. And it did just that.

Have a Fine, Fine Time in Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

You’ve got more than just a “fair” chance of having a fabulous weekend in this charming, artsy small town cozied up to the eastern bank of Mobile Bay in south Alabama

Would You Please Spell That? Interesting Place Names in the South

All 16 States of the South

Like so many other places, the South is full of thousands of curious, crazy, hard-to-spell, and sometimes downright hilarious place names. Here are a few favorites.

Birmingham Rising: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Birmingham, Alabama

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.

Southern Staple #1: Cornbread Cooked in a Cast Iron Skillet

Montgomery, Alabama

How we make cornbread in the South can get personal

What’d You Say? 6 Southern Sayings Deciphered

Here’s hoping you’re finer than frog’s hair and happy as a dead pig in the sunshine

A Gingerbread House Original: Picking Up the Pieces

Montgomery, Alabama

The best-laid plans often crumble—but it’s OK

Eat and Be Merry: Edible Gifts for Christmas

Montgomery, Alabama

Homemade treats make memorable gifts—even after they’re eaten!

Notes from the Fair

Montgomery, Alabama

For many in the South, lasting memories are made each year at their annual state fair

A Tribute to Troop: The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard

Cherokee, Alabama

Nearly eighty years and more than three hundred coon dogs later, Troop’s final resting spot has become a mecca for coon hunters and their “best friends”

The Legend of the Black Panther

Montgomery, Alabama

Are there giant black cats roaming around Alabama?

Steal Away to The Shoals

Florence, Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals, and Sheffield, Alabama

There is more to The Shoals than their world-famous music recordings—the whole area is a wellspring of uniquely Alabama art and culture