Florida

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

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part One)

Montgomery, AL; Little Rock, AR; Tallahassee, FL; Atlanta, GA

Join Andi Reynolds as she takes us on a quick tour of some of the most important—and impressive—buildings in the South

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Three)

Arcadia, LA; Arcadia, FL; Arcadia, MO; Arcadia, TX; Arcadia, OK; Arcadia, TN

From Arcadia to Arcadia, Southerners have found some beautiful spots to set up their not-always-so-perfect utopias

Rainbow Springs and the Rise of Florida’s Theme Park

Dunnellon, Florida

Exotic animals, submersible boats, man-made waterfalls, and even dancing and diving mermaids—before Disney, there was spectacular Rainbow Springs

The International Flavors of Floribbean Cuisine

Safe Harbor, Florida

The flavors of the world converge in Floribbean to please the palates of everyone

The Battle of Olustee: The Union’s Loss of Its Florida Ambitions

Lake City, Florida

You may not remember it, but Florida does—and in a big way every year: What the Union forces thought would be an easy Florida conquest was stopped dead in its tracks at Ocean Pond

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

Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida

Last in a short series celebrating a few of the beauty marks our beloved South sports for all the world to see

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.

J’ville’s Commodore Point and LaVilla: The Formation of a Great Port City

Jacksonville, Florida

From naval stores to automobile factories, Jacksonville’s strategic location as a Southern port city built a strong foundation for all she is today

Church, School, and General Store: The Heart of Small Southern Communities

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

Southern Domesticity: The Development of Homes in the South

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

Sweetness of the South: Honey and Syrups

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