Louisiana

Two Miles Long and Two Yards Wide

St. Francisville, Louisiana

From the Spanish moss hanging from ancient oaks to the French, Spanish, and English architecture and landscape design, little St. Francisville holds far more than its fair share of Southern delights.

Lighting the Way for Papa Noel: St. James’s Bonfire Capital of the World

Gramercy, Louisiana

Who needs electricity? Nobody lights up Christmas quite like the river folk of southern Louisiana

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

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

Frankfort, KY; Baton Rouge, LA; Annapolis, MD; Jackson, MS

Some may be a bit fancier than others, but all of these Southern state capitols have some, er, interesting stories behind them

New Iberia, City on the Teche

New Iberia, Louisiana

A lively place of culture, celebrations, and great food, New Iberia didn’t become what it is today without a touch of heartache, loss, and coming through the fire

Social Aid and Brass Parades: The Ever-Evolving Traditions of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

The joyous, raucous, and colorful sounds of the second line parade are still on the move with a fascinating history and a hopeful future for the Crescent City

Beyond Mardi Gras: Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t wait for Mardi Gras to roll around once a year; there’s plenty of festival fun in New Orleans year-round

Just When You Thought You Knew a Southern Accent, Dere’s Yat

New Orleans, Louisiana

One of a dozen dialects that spill from the mouths of NOLA natives, this “who-dat” language of the Big Easy has some surprising connections

First Fruits: The French Market Creole Tomato Fest

New Orleans, Louisiana

Great-tasting, heat-tolerant, high-yielding, and meatier-than-average, this is one tomato that knows well how to let the good times roll

Beast Butler and Order 28

New Orleans, Louisiana

There are few names more detested in the South than that of Sherman, but General Benjamin Butler once ran him a close second

Southern Ports: The Maritime Backbone of Southern Economies

Charleston, South Carolina; Savannah, Georgia

Maritime fortunes may be more associated with the seafaring towns of New England in the popular memory, but make no mistake about it, such trade built the South as well

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