Come winter, they come for the warm waters of Florida’s amazingly crystal-clear springs, these portly and lovable creatures from another world
Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana
The architectural traditions of the American black community is a fascinating part of our collective history
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.
From naval stores to automobile factories, Jacksonville’s strategic location as a Southern port city built a strong foundation for all she is today
Pickaway and Union, West Virginia; McIntosh, Florida
The rural nature of so much of Southern existence once meant a church, a school, and a store for nearly every pocket of farms and houses
Lake City, Florida; Pearisburg, Virginia; and Valdosta, Georgia
Why the courthouse square in the South and not a “village green”?
Savannah, Georgia, and Gainesville, Florida
Comfortable, practical, and still traditional, the Southern home has come a long way from origins both humble as well as socially ambitious
Ever wonder why we put citrus in our stockings? Why the Outer Banks celebrate Christmas twelve days late? Find the history behind five of the South’s most perplexing Christmas traditions here.
Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; McAdenville, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida
From Texas to Florida, the South is all lit up with Christmas. Here are five of the Christmas-lights best!
Micanopy and Lulu, Florida
Who needs Hollywood horror or contrived “haunted houses”? Southerners have been getting sufficiently creeped out for a long time with just good old-fashioned ghosty graveyards
Savannah, Georgia; Newberry, Florida
There’s more than one way to sweeten up the South, and sweet-toothed Southerners have been doing it for a long time
Once the site of a large, bustling community, a massive commercial enterprise, and the residence of a former governor, Ellaville is now hardly a skeleton of what she used to be
Straddling the Georgia-Florida border, the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge is 480,000 acres of pure-D awesomeness
White Springs, Suwannee Springs, Worthington Springs, and Hampton Springs, Florida
The hot spot in the Sunshine State a century ago? Neither beaches nor Disney, of course, but the magical springs that promised every cure under the sun
What began as this small Southern town’s modest restoration of their train depot has grown into a full-scale reproduction of century-ago village life
Lake City, Florida
What do hugging necks, shelling peas, and string music have in common? They all take place on the welcoming front porch of a Cracker house.
The great Klan-buster of the mid-twentieth century had been born into a different world than ours—and it’s different largely because he helped to change it