Louisiana

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

Athens, GA; Athens, AL; Athens, TN; Athens, TX; Athens, WV; Athens, LA

Quite appropriately, the cultural capital of the ancient world has multiple Southern towns for its namesake

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

Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia

The first in a three-part series exploring state by state some of the best the South has to offer in pretty places

Black Traditions in the Architecture of the South

Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana

The architectural traditions of the American black community is a fascinating part of our collective history

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.

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

Southern Cocktails

New Orleans, Louisiana; Louisville, Kentucky

5 of the best with origins in the South—these fermented favorites have been keeping folks happy for a good long time

7-Song History of the Fiddle in the South

The South has a unique claim to the fiddle and its ever-evolving contributions, and here are 7 songs to prove it

A Southern Voice in Harlem: Arna Bontemps

Alexandria, Louisiana

One of the rising voices of the Harlem Renaissance, Arna Bontemps was not only influenced by the movement but helped define the new black culture spreading across America

Café Du Monde

New Orleans, Louisiana

Here you’ll find folks from across the country and from around the globe, looking most of all for that taste of New Orleans

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

100 Years and Counting: Historic Restaurants of the South (Part 1)

Middleburg, VA; Bardstown, KY; Arrow Rock, MO; New Orleans, LA; Austin, TX, Potomac, MD; Meridian, MS

In business for no less than a century, these dining venues are where history meets the culinary world

Old as Dirt: The Story of Destrehan Plantation

Destrehan, Louisiana

Just twenty miles outside of New Orleans stands the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley

Home, Home on the Bayou: The Kate Chopin House

Cloutierville, Louisiana

Housing the Bayou Folk Museum for nearly thirty years, the home of Southern writer Kate Chopin was a seedbed for stories through two centuries

Caroline Dormon and the Wilds of Louisiana

Briarwood, Louisiana

Who would have guessed? The little nature-loving girl from tiny Briarwood grew up not only to become botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, and naturalist, but Louisiana’s premier preservationist and the first woman forester in the nation.

Move Over, Colonel: The Best Fried Chicken in the South

Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Mason, TN; New Orleans, LA; Atlanta, GA

No, Colonel, you didn’t make our list, but we sincerely hope you would approve of our roundup of some of the best fried chicken in the South

Cane River Cotton and the Old Oakland Plantation

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Two and a quarter centuries ago, one of America’s earliest cotton plantations set up shop near Natchitoches on the Cane River, and it thrives today as the South’s most authentic example of French Creole plantation life

Savory and Southern: The Natchitoches Meat Pie

Natchitoches, Louisiana

North Louisiana has been filling up on these flaky and flavorful crescent-shaped wonders for well over two centuries, and now the whole world comes to Natchitoches each September to join in the fun