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

Mobile, AL; Little Rock, AR; St. Augustine, FL; Macon, GA; Covington, KY; New Orleans, LA

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

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

Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas

Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home

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.

Wit, Grace, and Charm: First Ladies from the South (Part Two)

Clarksville, VA; Murfreesboro, TN; Calvert County, MD; Lexington, KY

While they grew with roots deep in Southern soil, these First Ladies understood all too well that a title could not protect them from the hardships life dealt in Washington

Christmas in Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

At no other time does Frederick’s hospitality shine as it does during the holiday season—so here are five ways Frederick shines brightly at Christmas

Barbara Frietchie, Heroine of Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland

To this day Barbara Frietchie is celebrated in Frederick with horse and motorcycle races, hams, canned vegetables, and chocolates named after her—all bearing witness to the power of a poem

Naming Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Which Frederick is Frederick named for? The likeliest winner comes in last under other categories.

155 Years of The Great Frederick Fair

Frederick, Maryland

Over a century and a half later, amidst bright lights and carnival rides, the core mission of the Great Frederick Fair remains the same: agricultural education

The Battle of Monocacy: The Day Early Was Late

Frederick, Maryland

The Confederates were on the road to Washington with little to stop them—except a river and a future author with no chance of winning a battle

Frightful Frederick: 5 Places to Scare in Maryland’s Most Haunted City

Frederick, Maryland

With a history permeated with both Revolutionary and Civil War tales of bravery and valor, picturesque Frederick hides a darker story or two

The Servant Who Became Master: Theophilus Thompson the Chess Wonder

Frederick, Maryland

Freed from slavery at the age of ten, Theophilus Thompson changed the chess world before he was twenty

3 Ways to Fall for Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

Come soak up the splendor of the season in Frederick, Maryland

Step Aside, Boys: The Story of Hattie Caraway

Jonesboro, Arkansas

The first woman elected to the United States Senate, this outspoken Southern girl wasn’t such a “Silent Hattie” after all

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

Painter, Pirate, and President: The Artful William Augustus Bowles

Cedar Key, Florida

Nearly forgotten to history, “Billy Bowlegs” is the perfect poster child for his wild, adventurous, and audacious times

A Tasty Sampling of Appalachia

Asheville, North Carolina

Any good Appalachian cook knows that fast food is what you pick from the ground—a proper meal takes time, patience, and a whole lot of love