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

Alligators and Architecture: You Don’t Know Natchitoches

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Natchitoches may be the oldest permanent settlement in Louisiana Territory, but that doesn’t preclude it from the right to a few surprises

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

Exploring and Eating in NOLA

New Orleans, Louisiana

There is so much to see and do in New Orleans, there are a lot of people who make the trip solely for the food

In All Its Splendor: Nottoway Plantation

White Castle, Louisiana

The South’s largest remaining antebellum mansion, Nottoway gazes over the mighty Mississippi River beckoning passersby to grace her halls once again to relive the magnificent splendor of an era gone by

Naming Tennessee—Tennessee Williams, That Is

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of the South’s most beloved playwrights, Tennessee Williams became “Tennessee” early in his career. But who can tell us why?

Joyeux Anniversaire, Jeanne d’Arc!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Quirky, whimsical, and family-friendly, the Joan of Arc Parade January 6 in New Orleans’ French Quarter is the best way to spend Twelfth Night as one season transitions to another

Oyster Stew and a Southern Christmas Eve

New Orleans, Louisiana

This briny treat isn’t just delicious, it’s steeped in centuries of tradition and inherently sewn into the very fabric of our country

The Art of Southern Christmas: Part Two

Whether it’s slapping pecans in a kugel or lighting a bonfire to guide in an alligator-drawn sleigh, there are few traditions that can’t be made a bit better by a dash of Southern charm

Southern Weekends: Small Town Getaways

Abbeville, Louisiana; Aberdeen, North Carolina; Senoia, Georgia

Looking for the perfect weekend getaway? Try these Southern small-town gems

16 of the South’s Most Haunted Places: Part One


Proceed with caution—these spooky Southern spots may just tempt you to keep the lights on at night!

Sticking to the Past: The Roman Candy Company

New Orleans, Louisiana

With a recipe dating back at least four generations, unchanged for decades, this sweet treat and the cart that pulls it are as ubiquitously New Orleans as the jazzy trill of a trumpet

The Best Red Beans & Rice

New Orleans, Louisiana

The results are in for Jennifer Kornegay’s Search for the BEST Red Beans and Rice in Existence: And the winner is . . . !

All Hail the Monarch!

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