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