Florida

Calving in the South: A Winter’s Work

Sinks Grove, West Virginia; Live Oak, Florida

Beef and dairy are two of the leading agricultural pursuits in the American South, and young calves can bring serious money—while the winter their born in can bring serious challenges to a calf’s survival

Christmas in Florida: Saint Augustine’s Festive Lights and Sights

Saint Augustine, Florida

Despite the lack of very conventional Christmas-y weather, Florida has plenty of Christmas traditions all its own

Preserves: The Soul of Summer in Southern Winters

Union, West Virginia

Southerners have long had to figure out means of providing ample food through the winter when food is scarce

The Art of Southern Christmas: Part One

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.

5 Southern Christmas Light Displays You Can’t Miss

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!

The Winter Manatee and Manatee Springs State Park

Chiefland, Florida

Come winter, they come for the warm waters of Florida’s amazingly crystal-clear springs, these portly and lovable creatures from another world

The Southern Courthouse Square

Lake City, Florida; Pearisburg, Virginia; and Valdosta, Georgia

Why the courthouse square in the South and not a “village green”?

Syrup, Biscuits, and Basset Hounds: The Southern Food World of Jackie Garvin

Valrico, Florida

Here in the South, food is never just food, and nobody knows that better than biscuit maven Jackie Garvin.

Giving the South Credit for Thanksgiving

Jacksonville, Florida; Jamestown, Virginia; Berkeley Hundred, Virginia

Yes, the Pilgrims and their Indian neighbors celebrated Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock—but thanksgiving celebrations had already been occurring in the Southern regions for some time earlier

Fall Festivals in the Heart of Florida

McIntosh, Florida; Micanopy, Florida

Autumn may be a bit warmer in Florida than in the rest of the South, but that doesn’t keep her from hosting some fantastic fall festivals celebrating Old Florida’s community-centered harvest time

Ghostly Graveyards and Cemetery Lore of the South

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

Out of the Miry Clay: The Inspiring Story of Augusta Savage

Green Cove Springs, Florida

With the wet clay she was given, she molded and shaped a life of her own choosing—regardless the accepted societal convention of the day