Arkansas

True Grit: A Western Set in Arkansas

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Fight the bad guys, rescue the girl, right the wrongs, and tame the frontier—you don’t have to go any further than Arkansas to find a West wild enough for a blockbuster story

Will the Real Watermelon Capital of the World Please Stand Up?

Cordele, Georgia; Hope, Arkansas; Luling, Texas; Rush Springs, Oklahoma

From Georgia to Texas, Southern states celebrate watermelon goodness and greatness—who gets the title of Watermelon King?

They Called Them Feist: The Southern Breed of Dogs

Texarkana, Arkansas

Once the most common dog found in these parts, these short, energetic, scrappy canines have played a prominent role in the history and literature of the South

Arkansas Cotton in the Boll

Arkansas

A two-hundred-year-old love affair with cotton still reaps great rewards for the Natural State

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

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

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

From Spring Peepers to the Hum of Mowers: The Song of Spring

Searcy, Arkansas

Spring’s music is the symphony, the classical build up, the opera of seasons

First Boys of Spring: How Spring Training Sprung Up in Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas

You may not know this, but roughly half of Baseball’s Hall of Famers did spring training at this little resort city in Arkansas

16 of the Prettiest Spots in the South (Part Two)

Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas

Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home

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.

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

One Stitch at a Time: The Beauty and Heartbreak of Holy Sews

Little Rock, Arkansas

From one mother to another, every layette is a small token that says “we’ve been there”

Brantley Farm #5: Harvest Time

England, Arkansas

Autumn means the cotton comes in and the pumpkins go out

Bentonville: Northwest Arkansas’s Rockwellian-Warhol Vibe

Bentonville, Arkansas

Start with a generous helping of Main Street, toss in a little art deco ambience, and add a pleasing temperate climate coupled with the beauty of the Ozark plateau

Art Amour in Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

One of the most naturally beautiful spots in America, award-winning architecture, and an art explosion that won’t quit makes this little Ozark town more and more attractive all the time

A Walmart for the World

Bentonville, Arkansas

Mr. Middle America from one of the poorest states in the nation creates world merchant empire through genius, hard work, and smiley-face employees. Makes for a good story—and it’s true.