Maryland

A Beacon of Hope and Rest: Lighthouses of the South

St. Augustine, Florida; Tybee Island, Georgia; Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; Annapolis, Maryland

Shining their beacon on sea-weary Southerners, these Southern lighthouses have been guiding the way through treacherous waters for centuries

Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Confederate Spy

Montgomery County, Maryland

Despite the James Bond stereotype, some of history’s most effective spies have been women

Infamous Southerners: Part Two

Memphis, Missouri; Waterloo, Maryland; Griffin, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee

From Doc Holliday to “Machine Gun” Kelly, the South has raised some tough characters who woke up on the wrong side of the law

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

AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MO

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

All Hail the Monarch!

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

The Skeptic and the Theologian: H. L. Mencken and J. Gresham Machen: Part 1

Baltimore, Maryland

Both embroiled in the controversies of their day, Baltimore sons Mencken and Machen, although most often on differing sides, were equals in unashamedly defending views that went against the times

The Skeptic and the Theologian: H. L. Mencken and J. Gresham Machen: Part 2

Baltimore, Maryland

Both embroiled in the controversies of their day, Baltimore sons Mencken and Machen, although most often on differing sides, were equals in unashamedly defending views that went against the times

Buried in Mystery: The Fall of Poe

Baltimore, Maryland

It’s the only Poe story that leaves the reader in perpetual suspense: the story that ended his life

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Baltimore, Maryland

One of the South’s earliest success stories in redevelopment began along the banks of the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Deep into That Darkness Peering: 8 Poe Legends Dispelled

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore’s almighty “Raven” writer seems to be wrapped up in more suspicious legend and murky lore than any other in American history

Sweet Southern Chocolate

Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas

Chocolate making has traditionally been a Northern business, but these bean-to-bar experts in cacao are proving the South can do chocolate

On Southerness: A Case for Baltimore

Baltimore, Maryland

From biscuits and barbecued chicken to boot-scootin’ and bluegrass on the lawn, Charm City has long been Southern—some people just need a little reminder from time to time

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

The Song of the Century: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”

Baltimore, Maryland

Billie Holiday used her career as a catapult to remedy racial injustice and “Strange Fruit,” a harshly realistic image of the cruelty of prejudice, ignited the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement.

The Immortal Eva Cassidy

Bowie, Maryland

Eva Cassidy was a performer her whole life, but it wasn’t until years after her death that the world discovered her true talent.

St. Mary’s City: An American Treasure Trove

St. Mary's City, Maryland

St. Mary’s City is more than just the site of St. Mary’s College, it’s a cornerstone of American history, with secrets bursting to be discovered by the curious eye