Mississippi

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.

Angel Tree of Bay St. Louis

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Trees, angels, hurricanes, rescue—this unique and beautiful work of art has quite a tale to tell

The Legend of the Black Panther

Montgomery, Alabama

Are there giant black cats roaming around Alabama?

The Unvanquished

Oxford, Mississippi

Undoubtedly the best introduction to Faulkner’s literary world—and his best telling of the Southern story

Down in the Delta: Greenwood, Mississippi

Greenwood, Mississippi

Take a day or two to discover this charming Delta town

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

Meet Meridian, Mississippi

Meridian, Mississippi

Take a day trip to this Mississippi city to explore its impressive musical heritage and get a glimpse of a million-dollar guitar

Best Beach Bites in Orange Beach/Gulf Shores

Orange Beach, Alabama; Gulf Shores, Alabama

Dig your toes out of the sugar-white sand and dig into the dishes at these Alabama coastal faves

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

Blue Yodeler: The Life of Jimmie Rodgers

Meridian, Mississippi

The “Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers reached way down deep into the hearts of Americans with his songs about the twists and turns, blessings and curses, of life

Mascots of the SEC: Part Three

Jackson, Mississippi; Oxford, Mississippi; Columbia, Missouri; Columbia, South Carolina

Bullies, controversy, fighting chickens, and a little bit of Civil War history. Always expect the unexpected in the Southeastern Conference, especially when it comes to mascots.

Eudora Welty: Novelist as Poet, Poet as Novelist

Jackson, Mississippi

Successfully merging two genres, Welty forged a new kind of prose vocabulary, in which touches of poetry worked themselves into almost every paragraph

An Alabama Gulf Coast Getaway

Orange Beach, Alabama

In need of a beach vacation? It’s time you made your way down to one of the best spots on the Gulf, where Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi all converge to make one great coastline.

Buttermilk Makes It Better: Pork Chops with B-milk Gravy

Montgomery, Alabama

Biscuits, fried chicken, cornbread—you can make them all without buttermilk, but only buttermilk pushes them to be their best

The Island in the Man: Walter Anderson and Horn Island

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

If any man’s life ever refuted the notion that no man is an island, it was the life of the Mississippi artist Walter Anderson