Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC
Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit
Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Born into a world that saw them as cursed, the “original” Siamese twins became Southern businessmen, farmers, husbands, and fathers
Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Arkansas
Another handful of some of the brightest spots in this sunny South we call home
Highlands, Cashiers, and Sapphire, North Carolina
There’s something inherently soothing about waterfalls. Whether it’s thundering or gently descending in diamond-like drops, moving water speaks to our souls.
Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana
The architectural traditions of the American black community is a fascinating part of our collective history
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.
Pickaway and Union, West Virginia; McIntosh, Florida
The rural nature of so much of Southern existence once meant a church, a school, and a store for nearly every pocket of farms and houses
Grabtown, North Carolina
Before her meteor rise to stardom, this backwoods belle had a tweak or two to make to her Carolina charm
Mt. Vernon, Charlottesville, and Montpelier Station, Virginia; Nashville, Tennessee
Through slander, grief, and war, these women stood beside the Founding Fathers with all the wit, grace, and charm that come from roots planted deep in Southern soil
Waynesville, North Carolina
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is visited by more people every year than any other park in America—but some of those annual visitors remember it as home
Rodanthe, North Carolina
Visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks around the end of December, and you’ll find that Christmas comes not once a year, but twice
McAdenville, North Carolina
Take a tour of McAdenville, North Carolina, and discover why the town has become known as Christmastown, USA
Flag Pond, Tennessee; Marshall, North Carolina
In 2013, my 82-year-old mother looked at her Christmas morning plate and said, “I’ve eaten this same meal on this same day for eighty consecutive years.”
Ever wonder why we put citrus in our stockings? Why the Outer Banks celebrate Christmas twelve days late? Find the history behind five of the South’s most perplexing Christmas traditions here.
Asheville, North Carolina
The Biltmore is unquestionably the closest America has come to a palace, and there’s no time like the holidays to visit this grand home
Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; McAdenville, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida
From Texas to Florida, the South is all lit up with Christmas. Here are five of the Christmas-lights best!