America’s Ambiguous Bard: Stephen Foster

Bardstown, Kentucky

Far more than a toe-tapping jingle or a nostalgic celebration of Kentucky’s beauty, Stephen Foster’s contribution to American music is an immortal dedication to the complex and nuanced passions of the South

Off the Beaten Path in Berea

Berea, Kentucky

The Appalachian arts-and-crafts-centered town of Berea offers not only yearlong opportunities to display and teach most any trade, but, for over 150 years now, education and equality for all, side by side

Maker’s Mark

Bardstown, Kentucky

As Bill Samuels began his trek down the long road to Maker’s Mark, he had one goal: produce a quality bourbon that was easy on the palate—and his commitment to craftsmanship, rather than profit, was the key to his success

Bardstown and Bourbon

Bardstown, Kentucky

Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is where it all started—and it’s where it keeps going on in rare form

Beauty on the Beast: Paducah’s Flood Wall Murals

Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah’s flood wall was doing a great job keeping water out, but boy, was it utilitarian. No worries. Paducah’s finest and brightest knew how to make it one of the most beautiful features in town.

Old Talbott Tavern

Bardstown, Kentucky

Daniel Boone, Abraham Lincoln, General George Patton—the guest list at the Old Talbott Tavern is a virtual who’s-who of American history

The Best of Bardstown

Bardstown, Kentucky

Most Beautiful Small Town in America, Bourbon Capital of the World, Stephen Foster’s own Home Sweet Home—what is there not to like about Bardstown?

All Hail the Monarch!

Keep your eyes peeled for this month’s monarchs—they’re about to undergo the journey of a lifetime.

Robert Penn Warren and the Art of Longevity

Guthrie, Kentucky

With a career that lasted over half a century and included every literary genre, this Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet laureate stood tall among Southern Renaissance men

5 Things for the Arts and Crafts Lover in Berea

Berea, Kentucky

Known as the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, Berea is a cultural mecca where artisans come to shine, thrive, and show off a little too

The Mandolin: Southern Music’s Adopted Son

Rosine, Kentucky

The Italian instrument has found a home in the South

7 Books Every Southerner Should Read

Roger Sauls offers an inventory of of some of the South’s intellectual wellsprings, underscoring not only the South’s world-class literary status but its pride-borne uniqueness as well

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part Three

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; San Antonio, TX; Roanoke, VA; Harper’s Ferry, WV

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

16 of the South’s Most Beautiful Churches: Part Two

Baltimore, MD; Madison County, MS; St. Louis, MO; Durham, NC; Tulsa, OK;

Worshiping with marble and arches, stained glass and steeples, Southern believers state by state have a glorious heritage in ecclesiastical architecture

Fugitive Poet Allen Tate and The Fathers

Winchester, Kentucky

Tate was one of the 20th century’s most important Southern poets, and The Fathers his only novel. It was a story the South was begging to be told.

Sweet Noshings: A Celebration of Kentucky Cuisine


If you ever find yourself in the Bluegrass State, be sure to pull over and pop in to take a taste of these Kentucky originals.

Ben Sollee, Kentucky’s Twenty-first-Century Bard

Louisville, Kentucky

Cellist, songwriter, cycling musician, environmental activist—Ben Sollee blends old and new to create his captivating musical—and life—style.