The Ghost Town of Ellaville

Ellaville, Florida

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

Okefenokee, Artichokee: Southern Swampland at Its Best

Folkston, Georgia

Straddling the Georgia-Florida border, the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge is 480,000 acres of pure-D awesomeness

Florida’s Original Tourist Attractions: The Spring Resorts

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

MacClenny’s Heritage Village

MacClenny, Florida

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

McShacks: The House the Crackers Built

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.

Stetson Kennedy in Context

Jacksonville, Florida

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

Escape to Apalachicola

Apalachicola, Florida

The name may be a bit hard to say, but for several reasons, this tiny fishing village is quite easy to love

100 Years and Counting: Historic Restaurants of the South (Part 2)

Cumberland, MD; New Orleans, LA; Tampa, FL; Bessemer, AL; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Galveston, TX

In a culture where the vast majority of new restaurant ventures won’t make it to their first anniversary, these Southern-rooted venues have made it to their centennials at the very least

Digging Out and Raking In: Cedar Key Clams

Cedar Key, Florida

With hurricanes natural or political, Cedar Key folks have always been resilient. Clamp-down on fishing freedoms? No problem—we’ll just become the nation’s leading clam producer in a mere four years.

Painter, Pirate, and President: The Artful William Augustus Bowles

Cedar Key, Florida

Nearly forgotten to history, “Billy Bowlegs” is the perfect poster child for his wild, adventurous, and audacious times

Banquet in Cedar Key

Cedar Key, Florida

The freshest of seafood, straight off the fishing boats—fried shrimp, world-class clams, you name it—all served up with a Southern accent in this Old Florida dream spot on the Gulf

A New Perspective: What (Not) to Do in Cedar Key

Cedar Key, Florida

As anyone who’s made their way to Cedar Key knows, life here just seems to naturally drop into a lower gear

Florida’s Maritime Heritage Trail: Go See If You Can Find It

Coastal Florida

Twenty years ago Florida created a “concept trail” to showcase the state’s historic dependence on the sea—who doesn’t get a kick out of hunting up a shipwreck or two or a lighthouse or a fort?

Awesome Air Power: The National Naval Aviation Museum

Pensacola, Florida

Next time you’re down enjoying the beaches at the Gulf of Mexico, leave the sand and surf behind for a little bit and check out The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida

A Little Bit of Old Greece in Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs, Florida

The South has many diverse ethnic communities, all with their own stories, and Tarpon Springs—the largest community of Greek-Americans in the entire nation—is a perfect example

Seersucker and Sweet Tea: The Most Beautiful College Campuses in the South (Part 3)

Mt. Berry, GA; Lakeland, FL; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX; Sweet Briar, VA

Few can argue that the Southern college is a sight for sore eyes, but unquestionably their beauty goes a bit deeper than mere aesthetics

Mascots of the SEC: Part Two

Gainesville, Florida; Athens, Georgia; Lexington, Kentucky; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

From live gators and mountain lions to a 500-pound tiger, the Southeastern Conference is filled with some of the fiercest mascots in college football